Round 17 of the NRL season kicks off this Friday night with a fantastic double header starting from 6pm! We take a look at all eight games over the weekend and give our betting tips below!
Penrith is one of the form sides in the NRL at the moment after 5 wins on the trot, which sees them in sight of the top 8. They're currently 10th and need to win these type of games. Meanwhile, the Titans sit 15th with a 4-11 record in a disappointing season thus far. They miss Jai Arrow in the forward pack and that will be an issue in this matchup against the Panthers big forwards, such as Tamou and Kikau. The Panthers have won the last 2 meetings at home against the Titans and with more to play for in terms of finals, Penrith should win this fairly comfortably. However, the Titans do have a better record on the road recently and their last 6 night games have gone Over the total. The two sides met in early April and combined for 54 points, so the over total looks the best play here.
While the Knights are coming off a 24-20 loss against the Warriors at this venue, they will welcome back Pearce, Klemmer, Glasby and Saifiti for this clash against the Bulldogs. With the Knights sitting 6th on the ladder, they'll need to win most of their home games to get a top-four spot. Interestingly, the Bulldogs have won the last 4 meetings in Newcastle and despite a poor 4-11 record, they do come into this clash with form. They beat the Sharks 14-12 in Round 15 and based on their record against the Knights, they should be able to keep this one close.
The Sea Eagles and Rabbitohs played in a golden point thriller earlier in the season, so hopefully, we get a similar result here. At the moment, both sides are in contrasting form with the Rabbitohs on a 4 game losing streak and Manly have won 3 on the trot. However, this game could be impacted by Origin with a number of star players backing up from Wednesday. But the Rabbitohs will welcome back Sam Burgess into their forward pack. In the end, this looks to be another close margin between these two sides. They're both strong defensively and we'll be looking for another close finish with the margin going under 10.5 points.
Both the Warriors and Broncos hold a 6-9 record, which makes this an important clash. For Brisbane, they get kept their slim top 8 hopes alive last week with a stunning comeback win over the Sharks. The Warriors also earned a win over the Knights in Newcastle. Suncorp has been a happy hunting ground for the Warriors lately as they beat the Dragons in Magic Round and defeated the Broncos 26-6 last year. This season, the two sides met in NZ, which ended in an 8-2 scoreline in the Broncos favour. Games involving the Broncos at Suncorp this season haven't been overly high scoring and the Under is 5-2 when the Warriors play the Broncos.
Super Saturday ends with a huge occasion in Melbourne as Cameron Smith brings up 400 NRL games! He's showed no signs of age in 2019 as he's led the Storm to a 13-2 record and they're looking primed for another finals campaign. So the poor Sharks are the opponent in this one and after three losses on the trot, the money is well with the home side. This has been a great rivalry matchup since the 2016 GF with a number of close games and the Sharks did upset the Storm in early May, 20-18. However, their form at this stage is a concern and if the Storm turns on their attacking best, this could get ugly. Melbourne is the best scoring team in the NRL and they'll welcome back the likes of Munster, Addo-Carr and Kaufusi for this one. So we'll be looking for the Overs in what should be an entertaining clash.
Central Coast Stadium sees it's first NRL action of the year as the Roosters take on the Cowboys. Sydney's lineup may be impacted by Origin with Tedesco and Cordner not in the starting 13, but the Roosters are known for late changes. Meanwhile, this a must-win game for the Cowboys as they sit 13th on the ladder. They have lost 3 on the trot but they've been close games and they'll need to be at their best against the Roosters dynamic lineup. Sydney's last day game saw them smash the Bulldogs 38-12 and they should enjoy day conditions in Gosford. As such, the Over saluted in both games at this venue last year and that looks the best play here.
In a rematch of the first game played at Bankwest Stadium, the Tigers will be out for revenge. The Eels were unstoppable on that day, winning 51-6 as they opened the new stadium in style. Coming into this clash, the Eels will be thrilled with their 22-16 comeback win over the Raiders before the bye. The Tigers played well against the Roosters last week and they have won 2 of their last 3 games. So after a 57 point total in the last meeting, hopefully, these two sides turn it on in attack with both sides clearing 13 points. The Tigers have scored 13+ in their last 3 and the Eels are 3-1 against this bet recently.
The Dragons are back at WIN Stadium after a close loss against the Storm last Thursday. But they were without a number of Origin players on that night and they'll all likely backup in this clash. With the Dragons sitting one win outside the top 8, this is a must-win home game. Meanwhile, the Raiders are fresh from the bye and they'll be keen to get on the park after blowing a big lead against the Eels last time out. They sit 4th on the ladder but a number of teams are challenging them for that position. Meetings between the Dragons and Raiders are usually close finishes with 2 of the last 3 going to golden point. So with no clear favourite in the odds at the moment, this looks like a good opportunity to get on either team by 10 or less.
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