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  • Wests Tigers vs Dolphins expert predictions for Sunday’s Round 11 NRL game
  • Dolphins predicted to win by a 1-12 point margin
  • Tigers struggle to score over 17 points in recent games
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Wests Tigers vs Dolphins Preview


The Dolphins are tipped to win by a small margin in the final game of NRL Magic Round. A 1-12 margin is predicted.

  • 4 of the last 6 games for both teams have resulted in Winning Margins of 12 points or less
  • All 9 Wests Tigers games this year have gone Under the Game Total
  • The Dolphins are 4th in the league in Linebreaks, averaging 5.7 per game
  • The Tigers allow 45% of opposition tries down their right side

Head to Head 


The Tigers and Dolphins have played two games against eachother since the newcomers entered the competition. 

The wins have been split 1-1 with the Tigers winning by a point last year and the Dolphins taking the victory 26-16 back in Round 5.

The Game Total has gone Under in both matches with the Dolphins covering the line as both losers and winners. 

Wests Tigers Form


The Tigers are struggling this year. Part of the problem has been injuries and players coming in and out of the team, the other part is their ability and application. 

In their 7 games since Round 3 where they scored 32 points the Tigers have not managed to score over 17 points, averaging only 12.7 pts per game. 

They have though been able to keep games close with 5 of their 9 games played all finishing with Margins of 12 points or less. 

Every Tigers game so far this year has gone Under the Game Total.

Wests Tigers Team News


Solomon Alaimalo earns a reprieve on the wing with Starford To’a out. Backrowers John Bateman and Isaiah Papali’i are both out due to injury and suspension which sees Alex Twal and Alex Seyfarth start. 

Asu Kepaoa and Sione Fainu are the new faces on the interchange.

Wests Tigers Team List


1. Jahream Bula
2. Charlie Staines
3. Brent Naden
4. Justin Olam
5. Solomon Alaimalo
6. Lachlan Galvin
7. Bud Sullivan
8. Stefano Utoikamanu
9. Api Koroisau
10. David Klemmer
11. Samuela Fainu
12. Alex Seyfarth
13. Alex Twal

Interchange
14. Jake Simpkin
15. Fonua Pole
16. Asu Kepaoa
17. Sione Fainu

Reserves
18. Tallyn Da Silva
19. Solomona Faataape
20. Alex Lobb
21. Kit Laulilii
​​​​​​​22. Tony Sukkar

Dolphins Form


The Dolphins have won two in a row and 3 of their last 4 with all wins being in high scoring games. 

They sit at 4th on the ladder heading into this round with a +57 point differential averaging 26.9 points per game, 3rd most in the NRL on average. 

The Dolphins are also 3rd in the league in Linebreaks averaging 5.7 per game.

Dolphins Team News


The Hammer returns at fullback after missing a chunk of time with a hammy. Trai Fuller goes to 18th man. 

Max Plath is in concussion protocol and is replaced in the team by Kenny Bromwich. 

Dolphins Team List


1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
2. Jamayne Isaako
3. Jake Averillo
4. Herbie Farnworth
5. Jack Bostock
6. Kodi Nikorima
7. Isaiya Katoa
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Jeremy Marshall-King
10. Mark Nicholls
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Euan Aitken
13. Kenny Bromwich

Interchange
14. Josh Kerr
15. Kurt Donoghoe
16. Ray Stone
17. Connelly Lemuelu

Reserves
18. Trai Fuller
19. Sean O'Sullivan
20. Jarrod Wallace
21. Edrick Lee
​​​​​​​22. Oryn Keeley

Verdict

All the numbers and trends point to a tight game here despite the Dolphins being known to have the potential to rack up big scores. The best value bet is the Dolphins 1-12.

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