North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks Betting Tip Cowboys -4 Handicap – 6th June 2020

Cowboys can take out the struggling Sharks on Saturday

AustraliaNorth Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla SharksAustralia
6th June 10:35hrs
Rugby League – Australia – NRL
Pick Cowboys -4 Handicap
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 17:50 GMT on Thursday, 4th June 2020

The Cowboys returned to NRL action following the lockdown with a victory last weekend. That is back to back wins in the ladder for them and they will be keen to continue the momentum. The Sharks meanwhile are still looking to secure their first win of the campaign.

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Can the Cowboys keep their good momentum going?

It is a W2 L1 record for the Cowboys this season in the NRL. They returned from lockdown with a resounding 36-6 win over the Titans last weekend.

There certainly has been no faulting the scoring threat of the Cowboys this season as only ladder-leaders Eels and the Roosters have outscored the North Queensland side.

The Cowboys trail Cronulla 27-17 in the head to head and they did fall twice to the Sharks last season, which included a heavy 16-42 home loss. Now they do have Valentine Holmes (a former Cronulla player) in cracking form.

He set up three tries in the win over the Titans and they will need another big game from him. Holmes is the current joint fourth top points scorer in this season’s ladder after three rounds.

Our betting prediction:
Josh Dugan Anytime Tryscorer
2/1

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(odds taken 21:17 GMT, Tuesday 26th May)

One huge issue for North Queensland though is the loss of Jason Taumalolo who is just irreplaceable. Even without Taumalolo in the pack, the Cowboys look a lot stronger than their opponents in that department.

Just to put into context what the Cowboys have done in the try-scoring department this season, they have scored more tries in their three games of this campaign than they did in their final six of the previous one.

 

Struggling Sharks treading water

Cronulla’s miserable start to the season continued last weekend as they were beaten by the Wests Tigers. That was their third straight loss of this campaign.

They are struggling with injuries to be fair to them, which isn’t helping their cause. So they have taken some big hits and were just nowhere near competitive in the pack last week against the Tigers.

The Cronulla Sharks have lost by an average of six points per game this season, but given the scoring power of the Cowboys, that handicap line is worth pushing out further.

If you are looking for an anytime tryscorer popping up in this match from Cronulla’s side, then look no further than Josh Dugan. The centre has scored a try in each of his last four against the Cowboys.

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The Sharks are desperate right now to get something on the board. One positive that they can take with them is that they are on a three match winning streak against the Cowboy.

In fact, looking back a little bit further, it has been seven wins in the last nine meetings for the Sharks over the Cowboys. Can they defy the odds in this one?

 

North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks Betting Advice

The more recent head to head record points to this being an interesting showdown. Cronulla definitely has the advantage in that. However, we can’t see a path to them picking up a win in this fixture.

 

Key Facts – North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks Betting Tip

  • North Queensland Cowboys have won their last two matches
  • North Queensland Cowboys are the third-top scorers in the division
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 7 of the last 9 against the Cowboys

 

The key thing is that Cronulla are struggling with injury issues and they are facing a red-hot Cowboys team right now. The scoring power that the latter have produced this season, suggests that they can pick up the win.

The Cowboys are the match outrights, so we have to go to the handicap. We believe that they can easily cover a -4 handicap in this one at 11/10* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 17:50 GMT on Thursday, 4th June 2020)

 

The best betting odds for North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks

North Queensland Cowboys to win: 17/25 at Bet365
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
Cronulla Sharks: 6/5 at Bet365