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Dragons hold advantage in battle with Titans

Thu, Jul 14, 6:31pm by Staff Writer

Dragons NRL Round 14Gold Coast TitansBoth St George Illawarra and Gold Coast Titans have aspirations of finishing the season in the top eight, with the Dragons currently sitting one place above the Titans in eighth-position by a slender two=point margin.

A victory for the home side would cement their standing on the ladder whilst a Titans victory would maintain the pressure as the two sides look to revitalise their seasons after dips in form resulting in losses last time out.

The Titans hold the advantage over the Dragons of having not fielded any players in the Origin Series midweek. That means that the Gold Coast have a fully rested squad at their disposal to take on the Dragons. Sportsbet hold the Titans as favourites to win this match priced at $1.77 with the Dragons currently at $2.10. Despite only a 48 hour turnaround for their Origin stars, Josh Dugan and Tyson Frizell, if they can find their form then these odds may well be significantly tested on the field.

Sportsbet are offering a number prices on a Win/First Try Combo involving players from both the Titans and Dragons. Jason Nightingale to score the first try partnered with a Dragons is the shoterst- priced combo at $12.00. Kalifa Faifai Loa is the next best priced player for a home win at $14.00 while Josh Dugan and Euan Aitken stand at $15.00.

For the a Titans player to score the first try and go on to win the match the favourite is Anthony Don at $15.00. Nene McDonald then heads up the rest of the Titans side at $18.00 followed by Konrad Hurrell ($19.00) and Josh Hoffman ($21.00).

To score first and then go on to lose is the kind of football that would make a coach tear their hair out and yet odds are offered on exactly that scenario. Anthony Don is favourite at $20.00 to score first and the Dragons to win. While on the reverse it is Jason Nightingale at $23.00 with Sportsbet to get over the line first but for the Titans to go on and win the match.

Benji Marshall will celebrate his 250th game in the NRL on Friday Night Football as he faces the Titans. In recognition of that incredible achievement a focus on the man himself is more than justified. Sportsbet are offering $5.00 for him to score at any time, $26.00 to score the first try or last try of the match. If he can cap of this memorable night with two tries then Sportsbet are offering $56.00 with three tries or more at $501.00.

These two sides will be desperate for victory on Friday Night Football to keep them in the race for the top eight. Any one of at least seven clubs still have the potential to finish in the remaining top eight spots and a win in this match will go a long way to ensuring the victor is still in the fight.

Bet of the Match: Jason Nightingale to Score First try and Dragons to Win at $12.00

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