The NRL is back and we couldn’t be more excited. Punters get eight games to start the 2020 NRL season, which kicks off with Eels vs. Bulldogs on Thursday night.
We’re predicting another action-packed NRL season, and we have betting tips for every game over the 25 rounds plus finals.
NRL Round 1 Betting Tips
8:05pm Parramatta Eels vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ Bankwest Stadium
The Parramatta Eels come into this season with high expectations, and also expectations to be the Bulldogs in Round 1.
Canterbury was relatively awful last season and they haven’t made any off-season acquisitions that would change our views.
As for Parramatta, they have an explosive backline that could pick holes in the Bulldogs defense.
Betting tip: Eels -8 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Eels by 12
6:00pm Canberra Raiders vs. Gold Coast Titans @ GIO Stadium
Gold Coast has been tipped for the wooden spoon this season, so this could be an easier opener for the Canberra Raiders.
They’re coming off a Grand Final appearance against the Roosters, where they arguably should have won. Some teams don’t bounce back from playing in a final, but this Roosters’ side looks every bit of class.
We’re expecting them to fire in the opening weeks, and potentially lead the competition after three weeks.
Betting tip: Raiders –8.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Raiders by 10
8:05pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. Brisbane Broncos @ Queensland Country Stadium
We have big expectations for the Cowboys this season and they could threaten for the NRL premiership. They have big Jason Taumalolo up front and a stack of exciting backs.
It’s not going to be easy to beat Queensland rivals Brisbane in Round 1, but playing at home helps and they’ll be spurred on by that.
Bookmakers have framed an even market and we think it’ll be a close contest.
Betting tip: Cowboys to win @ $1.82 – Bet Now
Cowboys by 4
3:00pm Newcastle Knights vs. New Zealand Warriors @ McDonald Jones Stadium
Both the Knights and Warriors have something to prove this season, so this could be an intriguing contest.
Newcastle is getting better and having Kalyn Ponga in the squad helps, but he’s countered by the Warriors having Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who is one of the best players in the NRL.
The Warriors lack depth in the forward pack, so Newcastle could get the upper hand late.
Betting tip: Knights to win @ $1.43 – Bet Now
Knights by 6
5:30pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Cronulla Sharks @ ANZ Stadium
Another close game is expected here as the Rabbitohs and Sharks do battle in Sydney.
The Rabbitohs have had the benefit of playing the Charity Shield, which acts as a big preseason game. However, they got a bit battered and bruised from that affair, so the advantage could be with the Sharks.
Expectations are for a top-eight finish for the Sharks, and they have the ability to do even better. If Shaun Johnson plays at his best, they’re dangerous for any team to face.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $2.25 – Bet Now
Sharks by 6
7:35pm Penrith Panthers vs. Sydney Roosters @ Panthers Stadium
The Roosters play their first game after winning the Grand Final last season. Winning again should prove tough to do, but they have the squad for the job.
Standing in their way in Round 1 are the Penrith Panthers, who can turn in a good performance in front of their home crowd.
Bookmakers have 6.5 points between them and we’re expecting the Panthers to stick with the Roosters.
Betting tip: Panthers +6.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now
Roosters by 4
4:05pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. Melbourne Storm @ Lottoland
Bookmakers have set a close betting line, with the Storm holding favouritism at $1.63. We thought they would be around the $1.40 mark, but Manly is getting respect.
The Sea Eagles boast a talented lineup, but they usually take a couple of weeks to find their best form. Melbourne, on the other hand, hit the ground running.
The Storm are usually leading the competition after the first few weeks, and they could get off to a winning start.
Betting tip: Storm to win @ $1.63 – Bet Now
Storm by 4
6:15pm St George Dragons vs. Wests Tigers @ WIN Stadium
An all-Sydney battle takes place this Sunday between two teams needing to start well this season. Both the Dragons and Tigers could struggle this season, but they could easily be one of the surprise teams as well.
Getting off to a winning start is needed for both teams, and we believe the Tigers are better equipped this season. They have a mix of experience and youth, so scoring points shouldn’t be too much trouble.
It would only be a slight upset, and the game could even go to extra time.
Betting tip: Tigers to win @ $2 – Bet Now
Tigers by 2