NQ Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions and Betting Tips
🏈 NRL Round 25 Match Preview
⏰ 17 August 2023 - 19:50 AEST
🏟 Stadium - Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Rugby League enthusiasts are in for an exciting match when the North Queensland Cowboys take on the Cronulla Sharks in an upcoming NRL game. This highly anticipated event is set to take place on August 17th at 19:50 AEST.
AusBetSites has gathered betting odds for this game from 3 different Australian sportsbooks across 21 markets. The current odds paint the North Queensland Cowboys as the favourites at 1.5. With data compiled from so many bookmakers, Oddspedia provides a comprehensive overview of the wagers available for this rugby clash.
We're set for a blockbuster contest to kick off Round 25 as the Cowboys and Sharks face off, with finals spots potentially on the line.
The Cowboys currently sit 9th after back-to-back losses to the Titans and Broncos before last week's bye. With a tough match against Penrith looming in Round 27, North Queensland can't afford to drop this game. The Cowboys were the form team not long ago, notching six straight wins over top sides like the Panthers, Rabbitohs and Storm.
However, their momentum has stalled lately. Now they must contend with a Sharks side regaining their mojo. Cronulla looked in strife after three consecutive defeats to the Warriors, Sea Eagles and Panthers. But they've bounced back strongly with two wins over the Rabbitohs and Titans.
The victory streak has moved the Sharks up to 5th spot, but their finals hopes could still go either way. They are two points outside the top four but also two points inside the eight, so every remaining game is crucial.
With seasons potentially on the line, expect both teams to come out firing in this Friday night finals mini-elimination showdown.
NQ Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks Head-to-Head
The North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks have faced off 17 times over the last 8 years. In their recent head-to-head matchups, the Sharks have dominated with 13 wins compared to just 4 for the Cowboys. With no draws in their last 17 clashes, Cronulla has clearly had the edge over North Queensland in their recent meetings. Based on this head-to-head history, the Sharks seem to match up well against the Cowboys and have a decisive advantage when these two teams take the pitch. With the Sharks winning over 75% of their recent contests, they have proven to be a difficult opponent for North Queensland.
NQ Cowboys Performance
🟩🟩🟩🟥🟥 The North Queensland Cowboys enter this match on a positive run of form, having won their last 3 games in a row. Prior to this good stretch, the Cowboys had lost 2 straight matches. So over their last 5 games, North Queensland has gone 3-2. With 3 consecutive victories under their belt, the Cowboys are riding high on confidence and momentum. Their current win streak demonstrates that North Queensland has hit their stride and figured things out after some early season struggles seen in those 2 losses. If the Cowboys can extend their winning ways, they could start climbing the standings. But consistency has been an issue for North Queensland. While their last 3 results are promising, the Cowboys will need to keep performing well to maintain their surge up the table.
Cronulla Sharks Performance
🟩🟩🟥🟥🟥 The Cronulla Sharks come into this match looking to bounce back from some recent struggles. Over their last 5 games, the Sharks have gone 2-3. After losing 3 straight matches, Cronulla was finally able to stop the skid with back-to-back wins in their last 2 games. While this recent pair of victories is a positive sign, the Sharks' early season inconsistency remains a concern. The 3 consecutive losses that started this 5-game stretch showed Cronulla is capable of dropping points in bundles. However, if the Sharks can maintain their improved form shown in the last 2 wins, they could begin a climb up the table. Momentum and confidence seem renewed for Cronulla after putting those losses behind them. But the Sharks will need to prove they can sustain this higher level of play. If the recent wins represent a real turnaround, the Sharks could return to their expected winning ways.
📋 Players to watch:
- Ronaldo Mulitalo has scored five tries in his last five games
- Kyle Feldt has scored a try in his last five games
- Semi Valemei has scored a try in his last two games vs Sharks
⚡ Match Facts:
- The Cowboys have won six of their last seven games in Townsville
- The Sharks have only beaten one current top-eight team on the road this season
- Sharks have seen 42+ points in seven of their last nine games
- Cowboys have seen 42+ points in five of their last six home games
💡 Match Prediction:
The prediction takes into account the Cowboys' current 3-game winning streak and strong home-field advantage, suggesting they could score 4 tries to get close to 30 points. Meanwhile, the inconsistent Sharks may struggle to keep pace on the road, but should still be good for 2-3 tries to get into the mid-teens. The 11-point expected margin of victory fits with the Cowboys scoring 28 points while the Sharks put up a respectable 17. Of course, the actual score could vary in either direction, but based on the information given, a prediction of Cowboys 28 - Sharks 17 seems reasonable.
Based on recent form and matchup analysis, the North Queensland Cowboys have been installed as comfortable favourites over the Cronulla Sharks. The Cowboys have a 70.9% probability of winning compared to just 29.1% for the Sharks. At fair odds, North Queensland is valued at $1.62 while Cronulla is a $2.30 underdog. Given the teams' current trajectories, the Cowboys are expected to have the upper hand. North Queensland has won 3 straight matches, finding strong form after early season struggles. Meanwhile, the inconsistent Sharks have gone just 2-3 over their last 5.
With the Cowboys firing on all cylinders lately and boasting home pitch advantage, they are forecasted to win by 11 points over the Sharks, who have shown vulnerabilities during their up-and-down run. While Cronulla has the talent to contend, North Queensland seems to hold the edge entering this contest.
Score Prediction: North Queensland Cowboys 28 - 17 Cronulla Sharks
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