St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters Betting Tip – Dragons +12 H/C – 6th August 2020

Dragons can keep it tight against the injury hit Roosters

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Australia St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters Australia
6th August 1050hrs
Rugby League – Australia – NRL
Pick St George Illawarra Dragons +12 Handicap
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: Even money odds taken 04:20 GMT Wednesday, 5th August

The Roosters made it back to back league wins last weekend as they dug out another tight victory, this time over the Titans.

They will be facing the Dragons this weekend, who lost last weekend in a competitive match against the Rabbitohs.

This has the hallmark of being a tight scrap in Wollongong, but it is the Roosters who are going in as the strong odds-on favourites.

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St George Illawarra Dragons Preview – Can the competitive Dragons upset the Roosters?

Well this is not going to be an easy game for St George Illawara. Defeat would make it three reverses on the spin for them.

But they have been competitive in their last three games, a run which started with a 28-22 win over the Bulldogs.

They then lost only by four points against the Sharks and then only by six points last weekend against the Rabbitohs.

So the Dragons are given opponents a run for their money at the moment which suggests that they could offer something in this game to warrant covering with a +12 handicap at evens* (odds taken 04:20 GMT Wednesday, 5th August).

The Dragons lost both games against the Sydney Roosters last season, scoring exactly 12 points in each of those contests.

Our betting prediction:
Roosters 1-12 Winning Margin

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(odds taken 04:20 GMT Wednesday, 5th August)


Punters would be backing the Dragons to defy underdog odds of 10/3 for the win in this fixture in the outright market* (odds taken 04:20 GMT Wednesday, 5th August).

Overall in this campaign the Dragons are now W4 L8 and they are avering 19 points per game.

It is an average of 21 points per game against them this season though, so there’s a negative.

The average losing margin for the Dragons this season is 10.5 points which falls well into that handicap line.


Sydney Roosters Preview – Roosters for the win?

The Sydney Roosters scrapped out an 18-12 tense win over the Titans last weekend, who are third from bottom in the ladder.

That followed an 8-point margin win over the Warriors in their game before that.

So even though the Roosters are the top-scoring team in the NRL this season, they have been challenged in recent efforts.

But still, their numbers are impressive as they have averaged 27 points per game this season, conceding only an average of 13 per fixture.

Incidentally, the Roosters have won only 2 of 6 previous trips to Wollongong.

The head to head form is there for the Roosters heading into this fixture as well.

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Sydney Roosters have won their last four on the spin against St George Illawarra.

They have suffered one default only in their last six against them.

The average winning margin for the Roosters this season is at 22 per success.

But as mentioned those margins have tightened in their recent fixtures. But a recent injury crisis has played a hand in that one.


St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters Betting Advice

With the Sydney Roosters still not at full strength yet, actually there’s a big chunk of their core in the treatment room at the moment, we are happy to look for a tighter handicap.

The St George Illawarra Dragons have been competitive recently and with the Roosters not flattering against the NZ Warriors or the Gold Coast Titans last weekend, we’d support the Dragons at +12 in the handicap.


Key Facts – St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters Betting Tip

  • St George Illawarra Dragons have won 1 of their last 7 against the Roosters
  • Sydney Roosters are the league’s top points-scorers
  • Sydney Roosters are on a 4 match winning streak over the Dragons


We would still expect the Roosters to pick up maximum points for the win in the fixture. The head to head fully supports that.

But until they get back to full strength, it’s worth playing with the handicap line.


The best betting odds for St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters

St George Illawarra Dragons to win: 10/3 at Bet365
Draw: 28/1 at Bet365
Sydney Roosters to win: 1/5 at Bet365