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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers Predictions & Tips - Struggling Wests' problems to deepen

  • St George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers predictions for Sunday's NRL Round 8 match
  • The match is being played at WIN Stadium (07.05am BST)
  • Wests Tigers have lost their last 4 matches
  • The Dragons are tipped to return to winning ways in a low-scoring affair
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Dragons and Wests conclude NRL Round 8 (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 30 Apr 2021
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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers Predictions


Wests Tigers are in a whole lot of turmoil and things might not get any better this weekend. The Dragons are tipped to return to winning ways in a low-scoring affair.

  • St George Illawarra Dragons have lost their last 2 matches.
  • Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra Dragons have seen under the match total hit in 8 of their last 10 matches. 
  • Wests Tigers have lost their last 4 matches.

Head-to-Head


The last 18 clashes have been evenly split with nine wins each, but Wests Tigers have come out on top in the last two meetings played between the sides.

Wests were 42-14 winners in 2019 and repeated the victory last season when recording a 24-14 win over the Dragons.

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


St George Illawarra Dragons suffered a second straight loss when going down 34-10 to the Sydney Roosters last weekend. 

The Dragons weren't helped by the first-half sin-binning of Jordan Pereira when leading 6-4, and it turned into a one-sided Anzac Day affair in the end.

A week earlier, they were beaten by the New Zealand Warriors 20-14 to undo what had been an impressive start to the season.

The Dragons had gone 4-1 in the opening five weeks including four straight wins over North Queensland Cowboys, Manly Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels. 

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


The Dragons will be without both Mikaele Ravalawa and Jordan Pereira with both suspended for Sunday's game. 

The Red V do get Ben Hunt back after a leg injury, forcing a rejig. Jack Bird moves to the centres and Cody Ramsey starts on the wing in place of the suspended Pereira. 

Max Feagai get the nod to replace the suspended Ravalawa for what will be his first appearance of the season. 

Jackson Ford and Poasa Faamausili have been added to the reserves.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team List


1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Max Feagai 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Adam Clune 15. Josh Mcguire 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Billy Burns 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jackson Ford 20. Poasa Faamausili 21. Junior Amone

Wests Tigers Form


Pressure is building on coach Michael Maguire after the Wests Tigers slipped to a fourth straight loss last weekend and a ninth in their last 10 matches.

It was another forgettable performance from Wests as they lost 46-6 to Manly Sea Eagles in Round 7.

Wests lost 36-26 to Parramatta Eels, 34-40 to the North Queenland Cowboys and went down 18-14 in extra time against South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Wests Tigers Team News


Joey Leilua returns for Wests in place of Michael Chee Kam, who drops to the reserves. Luilua has been named despite breaking his thumb playing NSW Cup last weekend.

Thomas Mikaele is named on the interchange, demoting Zane Musgrove to the extended bench.

Wests Tigers Team List


1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. James Roberts 5. Tommy Talau 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jake Simpkin 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Moses Mbye 15. Stefano Utoikamanu 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Thomas Mikaele 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Zane Musgrove 20. Tom Amone 21. Jacob Liddle

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Verdict

Wests can't buy a win and this is a good opportunity for the Dragons to get back on track. They are tipped to win by 1-12 points with under 43.5 points predicted.

Best Bet: Under 43.5 Points Total Points @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Dragons by 1-12 Winning Margin @170.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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