The competitive action in the NRL continues this weekend. It has been a disappointing start to the season for the Dragons, as they sit 16th in the rugby standings after winning just two of their opening ten matches.
They will be looking to get back on track this weekend when they take on the playoff-chasing Roosters. The traveling side will be chasing a sixth win in eleven matches. You can find the latest rugby odds and our Dragons vs Roosters prediction below.
Dragons vs. Roosters Information
St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters
Location of the Game: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, St. George, Australia.
Date and Time: Friday, May 19. 4:00 AM ET.
How to Watch: NRL Player
Before making rugby league predictions, it’s important to consider that this is the 49th clash between the sides. The Roosters hold the dominant advantage in the previous meetings, as they have landed 26 wins.
The Dragons have picked up 21 victories, while there has been one draw. Meanwhile, the Roosters have already claimed victory over the Dragons this term, as they landed a close 27-26 victory in April 2023.
Dragons vs. Roosters Analysis
Dragons Facts To Know
The Dragons will have the increased pressure on them this weekend. They sit close to the bottom of the NRL standings. They have lost eight of their opening ten matches this season. The Dragons are struggling for form at this stage of the campaign, as they have lost each of their previous six matches. That includes a defeat against the Bulldogs in their previous home match on April 30.
They were beaten by the Cowboys last weekend, as they struggled defensively to keep their rivals out. The margin of the victory would have been the most concerning aspect of the defeat, as they were beaten by 20 points. But, it has been all change at the team this week, with Ryan Carr replacing Anthony Griffin as the coach.
Roosters Facts To Know
The Roosters will also have a point to prove this weekend, as they were handed a second straight wide-margin defeat last time out. They were extremely poor against the Panthers last weekend, as they were beaten 48-4. That was a second straight loss for the Roosters and their zapped confidence in that outing was a considerable concern to coach Trent Robinson.
Their defeat last weekend was a record-breaking loss, and there will be pressure on the playoff-contenders to get back on track this weekend. The Roosters have certainly enjoyed this fixture in recent seasons, as they have won nine of their last ten against the Dragons. Meanwhile, they haven’t lost against their rivals this week since the 2010 Grand Final.
Odds Breakdown For Both Teams
- Dragons: +160
- Roosters: -200
- Dragons (+6.5): -115
- Roosters (-6.5): -105
- Total Points: Over 41.5 (-110) Under 41.5 (-110)
Dragons vs. Roosters Betting Pick and Prediction
It may be hard to find value when making a Dragons vs Roosters prediction this weekend, as the visitors are extremely difficult to oppose. They have produced two out-of-character displays in recent weeks, but they should be boosted by the return of some of their top stars this weekend.
Therefore, we fully expect the away team to cover the spread in our Dragons vs Roosters prediction. We could also see over 41.5 points being scored in this showdown this weekend.
- Pick 1: Roosters (-6.5) -105
- Pick 2: Over 41.5 (-110)