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A quarter of the NRL season will be in the rear-view mirror on Monday night, so there's no excuse to not have your go-to teams to back - and avoid - lined up for the rest of the season.

For those who like to canvas the views of experts before settling on their picks, see what the experts have to say and read Brett Kimmorley's previews of each match.

Round 6

Sharks v Panthers, Thursday 7.50pm, PointsBet Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Confidence for both teams will be down a little bit. The Sharks are really being tested by all their injuries. A player that really needs to take control for them this week is Shaun Johnson. We still haven’t seen any sort of form from Penrith, they’ve been so disappointing considering the roster they’ve put together. Sharks by 4

Bulldogs v Rabbitohs, Friday 4pm, ANZ Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: The Dogs have been both great, and poor, this year. They conceded 40 points last weekend so they really need to get their defence back in order. Souths have been going great. Damien Cook has been really good going out of dummy half, I think he’ll have a real field day against the tiring Canterbury defence. Rabbitohs by 10

Storm v Roosters, Friday 7.55pm, AAMI Park

Brett Kimmorley says: The game of the year. I can’t wait. What the Roosters did to the Storm in last year’s grand final has allowed Melbourne to change their football a little bit. This will be the Origin-making of Luke Keary if he can handle this big game. Melbourne will take time away from him and make him make some tackles. Roosters by 2

Warriors v Cowboys, Friday 7.30pm (5.30pm AEST), Mt Smart Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Both these teams are battling a little bit. The thing for both sides this week is who can arm-wrestle their way into a victory. When the game has been on the line for both of them in recent weeks they have come up with crucial errors or bad defensive reads. Cowboys by 2

Dragons v Sea Eagles, Saturday 7.30pm, WIN Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Dessie has the Brookvale faithful back on board. The big pack of forwards are ripping in and playing tough. They are finding different ways of spoiling the opposition attack and coming up with victories. For the Dragons, Paul Vaughan was in superb form last weekend. If Ben Hunt can repeat his performance of last weekend that will also be a huge help. Dragons by 8

Titans v Knights, Sunday 2pm, Cbus Super Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: The Titans have shown a little bit of late. The absence of AJ Brimson through injury will hurt this weekend as he is a player who can just create something – like a James Tedesco or Tom Trbojevic. For Newcastle, David Klemmer needs to recapture his round one form. He needs to tell the boys to jump on his back and let him dominate a match. Knights by 4

Round 6: Fifita, Ferguson named; Benji still out

Raiders v Broncos, Sunday 4pm, GIO Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: The Raiders are flying. The mobile Englishmen are creating a great style of play for Ricky Stuart. They’ve got everything across the park. Jack Wighton hasn’t had to do a lot, that has helped him to settle into five-eighth. The Broncos leak a lot of metres, they’ve got no game management and they look out of sorts. They need a game-management halfback. They look a little unhappy at the moment. Raiders by 12

Eels v Wests Tigers, Monday 4pm, Bankwest Stadium

Brett Kimmorley says: Parramatta weren't great against the Raiders. Blake Ferguson was nullified to a large part by Canberra. They need a recovery week more than working on a lot of things. The Tigers have been scrapping really well. The thing I’m most looking forward to on Monday is the new Bankwest Stadium. With a sellout crowd, it will be amazing. Eels by 4

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