The second place Canterbury Bulldogs will visit Eden Park on Sunday afternoon, to take on the 14th placed New Zealand Warriors in Week six NRL action.
The Warriors are expected to make plenty of changes after being drubbed last week, whilst the Bulldogs have a near full strength side and will be hoping to keep up their current form.
Those changes will b made by new coach Andrew McFadden after the sacking of Matthew Elliot. A big response will be expected under new stewardship, but McFadden plans to make several brave changes that could quite easily backfire.
The Warriors are a team that are ten fold better and more skillful than they’ve been playing in the first five games of the season, but for some reason all the individual pieces have yet to come together as one, and change was clearly needed, but not everyone is pleased with how owner Scurrah is currently going about his business.
They have unquestionable skill and talent in many areas of the pitch, and with a new coach to impress; we think that we could see the best of the Warriors for the first time this season.
They’ll want to make a fast start and be on the front foot for McFadden, but don’t expect the gritty Bulldogs to shy away from the test.
One huge factor for us to consider when betting is the past performance of the Warriors at Eden Park. They’ve never won an NRL game here, and it just feels like they aren’t at all interested in traveling to and from this venue right now.
Their first game at their regular Mt Smart Stadium won’t be played until June 1, and this week Sam Rapira made quite public their discontent with the stadium, saying ‘Atmosphere, everything else, it’s just here’ when referring to Mt Smart Stadium.
He made it no secret – and I’m sure he was talking on behalf of all the players – would much rather be at their real home with a better atmosphere and their longstanding fan base.
Naturally, you expect a response when a managerial change is made, but I think there are too many others factor that will perhaps just take the wind out of their sails.
It remains to be seen for me whether the changes in personnel will have a positive effect, so it could pay to back the Bulldogs are a nice price.
Ignore the handicap and back the Bulldogs to win at 1.91 with BetVictor.
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