We have expert betting tips for NRL Round 1, which kicks off on Thursday night with the Penrith Panthers vs Manly Sea Eagles.
Punters have been patiently waiting for the NRL to return and we get eight games to bet on in the opening round.
Which teams will come out firing and set the early pace?
NRL Round 1 Tips
8:05pm Penrith Panthers vs Manly Sea Eagles @ BlueBet Stadium
The defending champions return against the Manly Sea Eagles, which could be the game of the round.
We are confident with the Panthers and Sea Eagles this season, but we think the Panthers have too many weapons on the backline.
Playing in front of a home crowd as the NRL champions is always a big occasion and the Panthers should live up to the hype.
We’re picking them to win outright as the –4.5 line is too close.
Betting tip: Penrith Panthers @ $1.58 Bet @ Sportsbet
Panthers by 4
6:00pm Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks @ GIO Stadium
Bookmakers can’t split the Canberra Raiders and Cronulla Sharks, but we think the Sharks have the edge despite playing on the road.
It could be a long season for the Raiders, who were disappointing last year and the Sharks appear to have more upside.
We expect money to come for the Sharks, so punters should take the value.
Betting tip: Cronulla Sharks @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Sharks by 6
8:05pm Brisbane Broncos vs South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Suncorp Stadium
Most of the money has come for the South Sydney Rabbitohs at $1.28, but we think the Brisbane Broncos can hang tough.
They are an underrated team this year, and although down on troops to kick things off, the Rabbitohs could be rusty as well.
Getting +10.5 points at home is the ideal time to bet on the Broncos.
Betting tip: Brisbane Broncos +10.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Rabbitohs by 8
3:00pm Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights @ SCG
The Sydney Roosters have a star-studded team this season and we expect them to come out of the gates humming.
They get a relatively easy Round 1 game against the Newcastle Knights, who will be doing well to make the top eight.
With the likes of James Tedesco and Luke Keary in the squad, the Roosters could put up a big number on the visitors.
Betting tip: Sydney Roosters –12.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Roosters by 16
5:30pm New Zealand Warriors vs St George Dragons @ Sunshine Coast Stadium
We have big expectations for the St George Dragons and we think they’ll get off to a winning start.
They looked good when beating the Rabbitohs in the Charity Shield, so that win should give them confidence.
The Warriors have looked good in the pre-season, but they might need a few games to find their best form.
Bookmakers have the Dragons at $2, which is a price well worth taking.
Betting tip: St George Dragons @ $2 Bet @ Sportsbet
Dragons by 4
7:35pm Wests Tigers vs Melbourne Storm @ CommBank Stadium
It usually takes time for the Wests Tigers to produce their best league, so we’ll give it a few weeks before backing them.
The Melbourne Storm are often minor premiership front runners and that’s because they don’t need time to gel. They are always ready from the outset, so they should easily account for the Tigers.
They will need to cover a –11.5 spread, but it shouldn’t be much of an issue for the Storm.
Betting tip: Melbourne Storm –11.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Storm by 14
4:05pm Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans @ CommBank Stadium
There are always high expectations for the Parramatta Eels and they look well-placed.
They have a dangerous team on paper and if they can put it all together, they shouldn’t have much of a problem beating the Titans.
Punters are getting a generous line at –5.5, so they can win by a converted try and cash. They’re good enough to put up double digits on the Titans.
Betting tip: Parramatta Eels –5.5 @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Eels by 10
6:15pm North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury Bulldogs @ Country Bank Stadium
We don’t have high hopes for the Cowboys or the Bulldogs, but there could be more reason to win for the Bulldogs.
They have been battling for years and now they have made a couple of signings which could turn the tide.
There isn’t much to get excited about for the Cowboys, so it could be another long season.
Betting tip: Canterbury Bulldogs @ $1.90 Bet @ Sportsbet
Bulldogs by 6
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After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.