WIND the clock back 12 months and answer honestly: how many of you tipped the Melbourne Storm, after a faltering 2011 campaign, to win the NRL premiership last year?
Not too many.
Okay, now let’s separate the wheat from the chaff: who also picked the Parramatta Eels, with the brilliance of Jarryd Hayne and dependability of Nathan Hindmarsh, to take the wooden spoon?
Former Orange resident Nick Tedeschi predicted both.
And he’s willing to give you the knowledge that helped him.
Tedeschi has produced a book to guide armchair footy punters to a profit in 2013.
The Punters Guide to the 2013 NRL Season uses statistics and analysis to help fans pick the winners in the upcoming NRL season.
Tedeschi, a passionate supporter of the game, has written extensively on the NRL and has experience in bookmaking and as a commentator on wagering issues.
The book includes a comprehensive breakdown of all 16 teams, along with end of season predictions.
It’s the third edition of the punter’s guide from Tedeschi, who has also helped compile the comprehensive Rugby League Almanac.
The author hopes the publication will be embraced by all followers of the NRL.
“The key to the book is that it’s made for all footy fans,” Tedeschi said.
“There’s something in there for everyone, regardless of their level of rugby league knowledge.”
But the primary target, as the title suggests, is those hoping to make a buck through the 2013 winter.
This is where the book comes into its own.
“It really gives punters insights into the game,” Tedeschi said.
“It’s an analytical tool. The statistics and measurements used are often important things overlooked or ignored by punters.”
So, what are Tedeschi’s predictions for 2013?
The smart money’s on a repeat of last year’s decider, with the Storm to again pip the Dogs.
The master tipster also sees value in backing the Broncos and Knights to finish in the top four.
And the hapless Eels?
Load up on them to add another wooden spoon to the cutlery drawer.
“They’ve probably gotten worse, if anything,” Tedeschi said.
Formerly only available as an e-book, the guide will this year be sold in newsagencies across the country.