Theigning off on the season is the first phase of betting on Bulldogs for a reason. On buying into the hype, one can expect a thrilling season that will see the team take all trophies that it is possible to claim. However, what one needs to be wary of is going overboard and getting down to the book value. The following are the factors that one has to consider when deciding how much to bet on Bulldogs.
The team boasts a number of exciting players with star power such as James Tracey, James Wigg-Trusty, and Craig Bellamy making an impact as the year goes along. There is also a number of youngsters emerging on the field with promising futures such as Ben Te’o-finally making his presence felt in the starting line-up. This also makes the bench depth look weak when compared to the team’s leading players. Injuries to key players have also been a major cause for concern and this has kept the benchwarmers in check during the season. Another aspect that adds pressure to Bulldogs supporters is the form of their opposition; especially the Bulldogs themselves who have recently suffered a number of injuries.
The Bulldogs certainly have the talent to win the finals but this requires them to perform against the bigger teams in the competition such as the Melbourne Storm and Western Bulldogs. Although the Bulldogs are placed above the Storm in the ladder, the chances of them losing to the Roosters in their semi-finals are too high to take. If the team wants a finals appearance they need to win against top sides such as the Bulldogs, Roosters, Storm, and Lions. Another aspect that comes into play is form, as the Bulldogs have had patchy seasons in the past. This only means that their form hasn’t been good enough for the finals and they need to build on the positives from the past to ensure a successful season in the finals.
The other factor to consider is the form of players like James Wigg-Smith and Michael Morgan who are not in the best condition. These two players have had some great seasons in the past, but they are both clearly below their best. They have both been injured and missing games. If the Bulldogs can’t manage to win against top sides in the finals, then they will be greatly diminished from their usual performance in the season.
One other major factor to consider when betting on the Bulldogs for the rest of the season is the form of other teams around them. If the Bulldogs don’t win against the top sides in their own conference, how will they fare against the other interstate teams? One of the worst teams in the competition is the Melbourne Storm, who has been extremely poor this year. They have also been known to lose games through disciplinary problems and poor officiating.
As well as this, other teams might be interested in taking advantage of the fact that the Bulldogs aren’t favoured so heavily. They may feel this gives them an advantage in scoring more points in a match because of the less likely chance of the Bulldogs getting a try from their kick or line-out. This is only one reason why you need to consider these things to bet on the Bulldogs for the rest of the season. It’s important to remember that the form shown by the team over a few months can change dramatically. So if you’re a casual gambler, then it might be best to avoid betting on a team until they show more consistency.