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Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans Predictions & Tips - Titans to cover win big in the Queensland derby

  • Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans predictions for Friday's NRL Round 8 match
  • The match is being played at Suncorp Stadium (10.55am BST)
  • Brisbane Broncos have lost 17 of their last 18 matches
  • Gold Coast Titans have covered the handicap in the last 3 head to heads
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gold Coast Titans beat Brisbane Broncos in Round 2 (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 29 Apr 2021
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Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans Predictions


Gold Coast Titans have lost three of their last four matches, but get a great chance to get their finals aspirations back on track.

The Titans have had the measure of their Queensland rivals in recent times, and can record a second win over Brisbane Broncos this seaso. Gold Coast are tipped to cover the handicap in the process.

  • Brisbane Broncos have lost 17 of their last 18 matches.
  • Brisbane Broncos haven't score a point in the second half of their last 4 matches.
  • Brisbane Broncos have lost their last 3 matches against Gold Coast Titans.
  • Gold Coast Titans have won their last 3 matches against Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
  • Gold Coast Titans have cover the handicap in 4 of their last 5 matches against Brisbane Broncos.
  • Gold Coast Titans have seen 40+ points in 9 of their last 11 matches against Brisbane Broncos.

Head to Head


Gold Coast Titans have taken the points in the last three derbies with Brisbane Broncos, including a 28-16 victory in Round 2 of this season.

The Titans led 28-4 with 19 minutes remaining before a sloppy final 20 minutes saw the Broncos reduce the deficit with two late tries.

Brisbane Broncos Form


The Brisbane Broncos were on the receiving end of a 46-6 scoreline as they lost to Parramatta Eels in Darwin last weekend.

It was a fourth straight loss for the Broncos since defeating Canterbury Bulldogs for their only win of the campaign.

The Broncos have suffered heavy defeats against Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs as well as the Eels.

Kevin Walters' side did put up a better effort in their last home game. Leaders Penrith Panthers needed a 78th minute try to put the seal on a 20-12 victory at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane Broncos Team News


Anthony Milford and Tyson Gamble return in the halves for the Broncos, while Jesse Arthars comes back into the starting line up for David Mead.

Mead drops to the reserves, where he is joined the dropped Brodie Croft and recovering John Asiata as he closes in a return to action.

Captain Alex Glenn is set for a number of weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury. Kotoni Staggs, Dale Copley and Ben Te'o also remain out.

Tom Dearden is left out after signing for the North Queensland Cowboys from 2022 onwards. 

Brisbane Broncos Team List


1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Corey Oates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tyson Gamble 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Jordan Riki 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Danny Levi 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Rhys Kennedy 18. Tesi Niu 19. John Asiata 20. David Mead 21. Brodie Croft

Gold Coast Titans Form


Defensive troubles cost the Gold Coast Titans last weekend as they lost 40-30 to South Sydney Rabbitohs in a game of 11 tries.

It was a second straight loss having gone down 36-0 to Manly Sea Eagles in Round 6.

Justin Holbrook’s side also lost 20-4 at home to the Canberra Raiders in the last month, after which they were 42-16 winners at home to Newcastle Knights.

Gold Coast Titans Team News


Anthony Don is named on the wing after overcoming a hip injury. 

Phillip Sami comes into the centres for the injured Patrick Herbert, and Beau Fermor and Tanah Boyd are added to the reserves.

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui remains suspended and misses the game along with injured pair Sam Lisone and Herbert.

Herman Ese'ese is set to make his Titans debut after taking Lisone's place on the interchange.

Gold Coast Titans Team List


1. Alexander Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Phillip Sami 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tyrone Peachey 14. Erin Clark 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sam McIntyre 18. Beau Fermor 19. Tanah Boyd 20. Jai Whitbread 21. Darius Farmer

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Verdict

The Broncos will enjoy being back at home, but the Titans have had their measure in the last three heads to heads including earlier this season. Gold Coast should have won by more in Round 2 and can cover the handicap.

Best Bet: Titans -12.5 Handicap @100.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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