It’s a shortened round of NRL this week with State of Origin being played next week.
The four games will still excite NRL fans and punters and the round kicks off with a classic Manly vs. North Queensland game.
How will Origin affect those teams playing in Round 13? We have all the form and free tips.
7:50pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. North Queensland Cowboys @ Lottoland
The North Queensland Cowboys’ season went from bad to worse last week after suffering their second consecutive one-point loss.
Making matters worse this week is they’ll be without some key players due to Origin, including Michael Morgan, Coen Hess and Gavin Cooper.
On the plus side, Johnathan Thurston will be playing for the Cowboys and they’re in desperate need of two competition points.
The Manly Sea Eagles will be looking to rebound after a one-point loss of their own. Losing 21-20 against the Canberra Raiders will be tough to recover from.
They had a sizable lead late in the second half but were unable to close them out.
This is going to be a close game to start the week.
Betting tip: Sea Eagles to win @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Sea Eagles by 4
7:55pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Cronulla Sharks @ ANZ Stadium
The Cronulla Sharks and the South Sydney Rabbitohs are on some sort of roll.
Money has come strongly for the Sharks after a string of wins and punters have come for them again this week against the Rabbitohs.
The Rabbitohs are coming off an impressive win over the Warriors and they will be hoping to survive the Origin period without too much damage.
Losing key players such as Greg Inglis and Damien Cook is taking the spine away from their squad and that could prove difficult.
We’re enjoying the run from the Sharks and after a poor start to the season, they’re flying at the moment.
$1.78 is a fair price.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $1.78 (BET NOW)
Sharks by 10
7:35pm Parramatta Eels vs. Newcastle Knights @ ANZ Stadium
Sitting at 16th on the premiership ladder, the Parramatta Eels are seeking a rare win this season.
Despite having a more than capable roster, the Eels haven’t been able to show any consistency but they should flourish during the Origin period.
Most of their top-line players are still in action and the Newcastle Knights might struggle through this period, as the bookmaker odds suggest.
There wasn’t much to be inspired about last week, losing 48-10 to the Knights. It was a performance rarely seen from the Knights this season but the drop-off was expected.
This won’t get any easier for the Eels and they should be good enough to get the win.
Betting tip: Eels to win @ $1.58 (BET NOW)
Eels by 6
4:10pm Sydney Roosters vs. Wests Tigers @ Central Coast Stadium
The Roosters typically struggle during the Origin period and it’s a touch unfair that they have to play, considering how many players that could potentially lose.
That plays into the hands of the Tigers, which keep their spine and get a chance to defeat an in-form team.
It took a comeback to defeat the pesky Bulldogs last week but that win would have instilled the confidence in the side.
This will be a tricky game for both teams and on paper we’re expecting the Tigers to come away with the victory.
Betting tip: Tigers to win @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Tigers by 2