2018 NRL: Round 17 Preview & Betting Tips

July 4th 2018, 1:09pm, By: matta91

Round 17 of the NRL is a short round due to the upcoming State of Origin game. Just 4 games to be played from Thursday to Sunday this week. We’ll run through the best bet for each NRL game below.

NRL Round 17 Betting Tips

Melbourne Storm vs St George Dragons (Thursday, Jul 5 7:50pm AEST)

NRL football begins with the Storm playing the Dragons at AAMI Park in this clash. This should have been an absolute blockbuster but Origin means both sides have key players out. The home side will be without Slater, Chambers, Munster, Addo-Carr and Kaufusi. The Dragons miss Hunt, Frizell, de Belin, Vaughan and Sims. The Storm are coming off a very close victory over the Roosters by a field goal - thanks to some Cameron Smith heroics. He’ll be the key in this game as well. The Dragons on the other hand, were lucky to beat the Eels by 2 points at WIN Stadium. They staged a late comeback and will obviously need to improve against the Storm. The Dragons made a statement in the last meeting as they dominated them in a 34-14 win. But they will be looking for their first ever win at AAMI Park. The Storm are 4-0 against them in Melbourne. Both sides have shown impressive form in attack this season, but this should be a close encounter decided by defence. The Storm kept the Roosters to just 8 points last week and rank 2nd in the NRL for points allowed. The Dragons are just behind them in that ranking and have conceded 18 points per game in away games. So with the amount of talent missing, this game should come down to a 10 point margin in either direction.


Penrith Panthers vs New Zealand Warriors (Friday, Jul 6 7:50pm AEST)

On Friday night, the Panthers and Warriors meet at Panthers Stadium. It’s another top eight battle but again, Origin will hurt this matchup, especially the Panthers. They will miss Maloney and Cleary in the halves. But still have a strong forward pack to challenge the Warriors. The home side was poor last week against the Sea Eagles in an 8 point defeat. The Warriors were on the end of a tough decision as they went down to the Sharks 18-15. Surprisingly, the Warriors have actually played better in Australia compared to home games this season. They’ve won 6 of 7 on the road and have been given good odds to win this one. However, I like the unders, which is showing a trend at Panthers Stadium. It’s 6-1 this season and I doubt the Panthers will score many points without their playmakers. The Warriors also haven’t been setting the world on fire in attack.


Canterbury Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders (Saturday, Jul 7 7:30pm AEST)

NRL football continues with the Bulldogs playing the Raiders at Belmore Sports Ground. The Raiders will be desperate for victory as they now sit 6 points outside the top 8. They were up 16-0 in Brisbane last week but the story of the season for them is a lack of second half pressure. For the Bulldogs, they thrashed the Knights last week by 20 points. That should give them a spark in attack this week as well. So in this one, I can see both teams scoring over 13 points. The Bulldogs have achieved this in 6 of their last 8. The Raiders have not scored under 13 points at all this season.

Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos (Sunday, Jul 8 4:10pm AEST)

On Sunday afternoon, the Titans and Broncos meet at CBus Super Stadium. With a 6-9 record, this is a must win clash for the Titans and they should be confident. They upset the Broncos earlier in the year with a 26-14 win at Suncorp. Recently, they have won by 13+ against the Tigers and Bulldogs, both in Sydney. The Broncos are 4-1 in their last 5 games and they recorded a stunning victory in Round 16. Down 16-0 at the half, they stormed home to win 26-22. So both sides are showing decent form in attack and Sunday afternoon football should see both sides throw the ball around. In the end, I like both sides to score 15+ points. The Titans are 4-1 against it and scored 33 in their last day game at home. The Broncos have scored 20+ in 8 of their last 10 games.


 

TIPS

Randwick Racing Tips for Saturday, July 21st

Racing returns to Randwick this Saturday, July 21st, with a stacked nine-race card! see our comprehensive preview with tips for every race here! read more

Flemington Racing Tips for Saturday, July 21st

Flemington hosts a nine-race card this Saturday, July 21st, and we've got betting tips and comments for every race here! It looks a tricky day with some exceptionally hard races, but there are a few races we're keen to bet in! read more

WTA Bucharest Preview & Betting Tip - Friday 20th July

Ace is back with a free betting tip for Friday night's match between Laura Siegemund and Petra Martic at the WTA Bucharest Open. Check out his preview and betting tip here. read more

2018 AFL: Daily Fantasy Tips for Round 18

$50k guaranteed up for grabs at Draftstars this Saturday and we have you covered with another AFL fantasy team of the week here! read more

ARTICLES

Best Australian Sports Betting Sites

The best Australian sports betting sites insures safe and successful online betting for punters as well as offering the best betting options in Australia. read more


How Does Spread Betting Work?

Spread betting has finally made it's way to Australia through new betting agency Pointsbet, we give you a quick guide to spread betting here. read more


How to Bet on eSports in Australia

With the phenomenon of eSports finally starting to take off in Australia, we thought we'd give you a quick 'how to' guide on betting on eSports in Australia! read more


Tips for Taking Advantage of NBA Player Performance Betting

Most Australian bookmakers now offer player prop markets in the NBA, you can take advantage of a few factors that we take a closer look at in our Tips for NBA Player Performance Betting read more


BLOGS

2018-19 Big Bash League (BBL08) Fixture

The BBL08 fixture has been announced by Cricket Australia and for the first time ever it features a full home and away season! See more info and the full fixture here! read more


2018-19 WBBL04 Fixture Announced!

Some big changes will take place in the 4th edition of the Women's Big Bash League set to kick off in December! See more info and the full fixture for WBBL04 here! read more


2018 Brownlow Vote Predictions Round 17

Round 17 of the 2018 AFL season saw plenty of upsets which bodes well for a few Brownlow contenders from the lower teams to grab some votes. Here's our Brownlow vote predictions for Round 17! read more


2018 Brownlow Medal Predictions & Leaderboard

2018 Brownlow Medal predictions are here as our AFL tipping experts offer round-by-round Brownlow votes, rolling leaderboard and vote trackers for the 2018 AFL season. read more


Unibet Streak