Adelaide United vs Newcastle Jets
Newcastle still have eyes on a possible late run to the Premiers Plate but to do that they cannot afford to drop any points. Both meetings between these teams have resulted in 2-1 wins for the Jets although they will be without Dimitri Petratos who is otherwise engaged in Oslo with the Socceroos. This is a tough one to pick head to head and a draw is an appealing option but there is great value in the total goals market.
Essendon vs Adelaide
Last season’s beaten Grand Finalists return to Melbourne and open their season against an Essendon side that is expected to improve on their seventh-place finish last year. Both teams made moves to try and strengthen their list and there is a lot to like about what the home side have done. Adelaide won both meetings between the sides last year and will be desperate to prove that there is no Grand Final hangover but playing at Etihad should be enough to get the Bombers over the line.
Wests Tigers vs Brisbane Broncos
Brisbane literally pipped North Queensland at the post last Friday night for their first win of the NRL season. They will have to back up after the taxing derby with a trip to Campbeltown where they have lost just twice in their history. The Tigers have won both games including a huge upset over the Storm last weekend however there are genuine questions about whether or not they can maintain the standard set in the opening two rounds. With the Broncos set to welcome Jack Bird back into the mix they should be able to find a way through the Tigers defence with enough frequency to win here.