There is just four rounds to go in the 2019 NRL home and away season! The battle for spots in the all-important top eight are starting to heat up. We have a full preview and betting tips for all eight games in Round 22 below.
Thursday night features the 5th placed Sea Eagles against the 10th Tigers and both sides have a few injury concerns. Farah and Mbye will both miss for Wests and Sironen/Parker are out for the home side. For the Sea Eagles, they’ll be keen to get back on the park after a shock 24-16 loss in New Zealand. But the good news is they have won 6 of their last 7 at Brookvale. The Tigers are just one point behind the top 8 so this is basically a must-win game, especially after a close loss to the Bulldogs last week. Ultimately, this looks to be a fairly high scoring affair considering Manly have an impressive home Overs record after a loss at 11-1-1 since last season. The Tigers also have a nice 7-2 record against the Over in their last 9 away games.
Parramatta head to the Gold Coast on Friday and they’ll look to shore up a home final in this clash. Or potentially a top 4 finish as they sit just 2 points behind 4th position. So with the Titans coming off 7 straight losses, this could get ugly if the Eels bring their best-attacking football. Robina has also been a kind ground to opposing teams as the last 3 results have seen the away team score 30 or more. Gold Coast have conceded 170 points in their last 4 losses alone so look for this clash to go Overs. It’s 5-3 when the Eels travel here and Parramatta has an 11-2 Overs record in away games.
It’s 7th versus 8th on Friday night footy as the Broncos host the Panthers. It’s fair to say Brisbane were pretty lucky to beat the Cowboys last week because it wasn’t a great game of Rugby League. Meanwhile, the Panthers played in a fantastic win over the Sharks, despite missing Maloney. He’s back this week as the Panthers look to seal up a top 8 spot. In the last meeting, it was all the Broncos as they thumped the Panthers 50-18. However at the moment, their attack isn’t up to scratch with Turbin at halfback. So we’ll be looking for a close affair between two similar sides.
With the Knights sitting 12th and the Cowboys 13th, this clash is really important for Knights because it’s basically season over if they can’t win this. Newcastle comes into this clash on the back of 6 straight losses and they’ve also lost 3 on the trot at home. It doesn’t help that Pearce and Ponga have lost form either. Meanwhile, the Cowboys will be looking to break a losing streak (4 games) as well. They were unlucky against the Broncos last week and that’s kind of the story of their season. Interestingly, this is the first clash in Newcastle since 2015 and North QLD has won the last 3 meetings at home. At the moment, we think the Cowboys could win this but ultimately, this is a game that were not 100% sure on.
After last week’s epic Super Sunday, finals come early once again in Round 22 as the Melbourne Storm tackle the 3rd placed Raiders at AAMI Park. Melbourne survived a danger game on the Central Coast against Souths last week as Munster led the charge. Meanwhile, the Raiders played in a tough affair against the Roosters and come away with 0 points but should be confident of standing up to the Storm. Their defence is much improved in 2019 and that should help them contain the likes of Munster and Smith. Games involving the Raiders and Storm have a great record against the Under so that’s where we’ll be looking. Overall, the Raiders are 10-4-1 against the Under against Melbourne and the Storm have a 7-2 record as the favourite.
Super Saturday will head to ANZ Stadium as the Rabbitohs look to get back on track against the red-hot Bulldogs. Souths are looking to end a 2 game losing streak, where they’ve struggled to contain the attack of the Storm and Sharks. The Bulldogs don’t possess the same attacking threat but their defence is hard to back against. They’ve conceded just 24 total points in the last 2 weeks and previously kept the Roosters to 20 points at this venue. The two sides met back in April and a low scoring affair went to the Rabbitohs 14-6. At the moment, Souths aren’t looking great in attack so look for the Bulldogs to continue their impressive defensive record in a low scoring game at ANZ. Bulldogs also hold an 11-4 Unders record in night games at ANZ.
This should be an entertaining clash at the SCG as the Roosters host the Warriors. Sydney loves playing at this venue as they’ve won 6 on the trot and have scored 38+ points in the last 4 alone. So the Warriors will need to bring their best defence this Sunday. They’ll be confident after upsetting the Sea Eagles at home last week, 24-16. Interestingly, they have good form against the Roosters in Australia with 2 straight wins. Ultimately, this should be a high scoring affair in day conditions. The Over is 6-1 at the SCG this season and with a number of attacking stars on show, look for the Overs to salute.
The Sharks and Dragons reignite their rivalry this Sunday at Shark Park. This a more important 2 points for the Sharks as they sit 9th on the ladder. But we doubt the Dragons will be backing down as they look to damage the Sharks finals hopes. St. George come off a 40-28 victory over the Titans and while they haven’t been winning a lot of games lately, they have competed against a few top 8 sides. Meanwhile, the Sharks are coming off a disappointing 26-20 loss against the Panthers but they will welcome back Moylan from injury. He’s important for their attack and that should see Cronulla enjoy better results on Sunday. In the end, this does look to be a high scoring affair. Games involving the Sharks over the last 2 weeks have totalled 46 or more total points and the Dragons scored 40 points on the Titans last week.
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