Former Tigers star, Sportbet’s expert NRL tipster and host of Get ‘Em Onside Joel ‘Sugar’ Caine gives his best NRL tips for each round of the season. Here are his picks for the preliminary finals.

Best bet

Total Match Points Under 41.5

It’s not the most appealing way to bet as you’re essentially cheering for a lack of tries but that’s exactly what I’m expecting from these two. Both teams have been simply remarkable all year defensively with the Panthers conceding just 12 points per game and the Storm only 13.

Fun bonus fact: Nathan Cleary has played 20 games this year including Origin conceding just 7.8 points per game. All roads point to a low scorer.

Next best

Panthers/Panthers Half Full Double

The market has completely dismissed the best defensive team in the competition in the Panthers especially since they are 15 from 15 in games, they have scored the first try also.

If they are to cause an upset, it will likely need to be a ‘lead all the way’ job. For me that’s value.

Value Bet

Manly H2H & Tom Trbojevic 2+ tries (Same Game Multi)

Every Manly win Tommy Turbo has played in this year he has scored at least one once and in more than half of those wins he has scored at least two or more times.

In order for Manly to book a date at the big dance, Turbo needs a day out!