Warriors vs Raiders Round 24 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Warriors vs Raiders Tips

It’s a must-win game for the New Zealand Warriors and Canberra Raiders as both teams look to keep their finals chances alive in NRL Round 24 action on Friday night.

Warriors vs Raiders Tips, Preview & Predictions

New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders free NRL Round 24 betting tips, predictions and preview – the Warriors have seen under 49.5 points in eight of their last nine games…

Warriors vs Raiders Tips

Best Under 49.5 points odds with Sportsbet

  • Warriors have seen under 49.5 points in eight of their last nine games
  • Raiders have seen under 49.5 points in their last three games
  • Under 49.5 total points has hit in three of the last four meetings between the teams
  • Raiders’ last five games have been decided by 1-12 margins
  • Three of Warriors’ last four games have been decided by two points or less
  • Warriors have lost eight games by eight points or less this season

Warriors vs Raiders Same Game Multi Tips

Best Same Game Multi Odds with Sportsbet

  • Bailey Simonsson has scored four tries in his last two games
  • Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has scored a try in three of his last four games

Warriors vs Raiders Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Friday August 27
Time: 6.00pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: BB Print Stadium


Warriors vs Raiders Head to Head (last five matches)

  • 27/3/21: Raiders 31-34 Warriors
  • 20/9/20: Raiders 26-14 Warriors
  • 21/3/20: Warriors 6-20 Raiders
  • 7/9/19: Raiders 20-24 Warriors
  • 2/8/19: Warriors 12-46 Raiders

Warriors vs Raiders Preview and Prediction

It’s do or die for the Warriors and Raiders when they square off in a Friday night clash with big finals ramifications in Mackay.

Canberra are languishing in 10th spot on the ladder following back-to-back defeats to the Storm and Sea Eagles, while the Warriors are in 11th, two points behind after going down to the Broncos last week.

If not for some inaccurate goal kicking from Reece Walsh, the Warriors could be equal on points with the Raiders, but the young fullback missed four of his five conversions – including an attempt with seconds remaining that would have locked up the score, but ultimately the Kiwi side went down 24-22.

It was yet another close loss for the Warriors, with the side losing eight games by eight points or less this season. Win just a couple of those matches and the Warriors are in the top eight.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have now lost three of their last four matches since climbing into the top eight, with all three of those defeats coming by 1-12 margins.

With 12-10 and 20-12 wins over the Eels and Dragons in the last month or so, the Raiders have now seen their last five games decided by 1-12 margins.

Canberra missed a golden chance to boost their finals chances last week, going down 19-18 to a Manly side without Tom Trbojevic.

VERDICT:

Just like Thursday’s game between the Knights and Titans, this is a tough game to call featuring two teams still hoping to play finals footy.

Neither side is reliable, but what we can expect is a close game – three of the Warriors’ last four games have been decided by two points or less, while the Raiders’ last five games have been decided by 10 points or less.

The Warriors also staged a miraculous comeback to beat the Raiders 34-31 earlier in the season. We’re going to be backing a low-scoring game between the teams here, but with the Warriors still reeling from their heartbreaking defeat last week and their tendency to lose tight affairs, we’ll lean with the Raiders to edge this clash (Best Under 49.5 points odds $1.90 with Sportsbet).


Warriors vs Raiders Teams

Matt Lodge returns from suspension for the Warriors, pushing Jamayne Tanoa-Brown out of the side, while Sean O’Sullivan replaces Chanel Harris-Tavita at five-eighth.

Matt Frawley moves into the halfback role for Canberra in place of Sam Williams, while Corey Horsburgh returns from his loan spell at the Bulldogs.

Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Peta Hiku 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 11. Josh Curran 12. Euan Aitken 13. Bayley Sironen 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Jazz Tevaga 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 20. Rocco Berry 21. Kane Evans 22. Jack Murchie

Raiders team: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Harley Smith-Shields 6. Jack Wighton 7. Matt Frawley 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Siliva Havili 18. Sam Williams 19. Dunamis Lui 20. Semi Valemei 21. Trey Mooney


Warriors vs Raiders Stats

  • Warriors have seen under 49.5 points in eight of their last nine games
  • Raiders have seen under 49.5 points in their last three games
  • Under 49.5 total points has hit in three of the last four meetings between the teams
  • Raiders’ last five games have been decided by 1-12 margins
  • Three of Warriors’ last four games have been decided by two points or less
  • Warriors have lost eight games by eight points or less this season
  • Bailey Simonsson has scored four tries in his last two games
  • Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has scored a try in three of his last four games

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