NRL Round 18 Expert Tips & Predictions

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NRL Round 18 Expert Tips & Predictions

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The NRL continues this week for Round 18 action, kicking off with the Eels vs Rabbitohs on Thursday night.

We have NRL betting tips for every game in 2024, including this weeks’ featured games between the Broncos vs Panthers, Bulldogs vs Warriors, and Roosters vs Dragons.

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NRL Round 18 Tips

Thursday 4/7/24

7:50pm Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs @ CommBank Stadium

There isn’t much going right for the Eels and Rabbitohs, but at least the Rabbitohs have made their way off the bottom of the ladder.

They’re now into 14th spot, ahead of the Eels, and we think they are good enough to win on Thursday night at $1.89 odds.

They have more attacking weapons, and they could make an unlikely push for the playoffs.

Betting tip: Rabbitohs @ $1.89

Rabbitohs by 6

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Friday 5/7/24

6:00pm Cronulla Sharks vs Gold Coast Titans @ C.ex Coffs Stadium

The Sharks have had some nervous moments over the last few weeks, falling from the top spot into third.

They have struggled to play their best rugby league, and the Titans could push them close on Friday as a +7.5 underdog.

That’s enough points for the underdog to keep up interested.

Betting tip: Titans +7.5 @ $1.90

Sharks by 4

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8:00pm Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers @ Suncorp Stadium

The Panthers showed nothing against the Cowboys last week, and that was a concerning game for the NRL Premiership favourites.

They are the $1.63 favourites to beat the Broncos, who were poor against the Warriors, but we think Brisbane battles back.

It’s a rematch of last year’s Grand Final, and we’re prepared to back the underdog to prevail.

Betting tip: Broncos @ $2.30

Broncos by 4

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Saturday 6/7/24

3:00pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors @ Accor Stadium

The Bulldogs have played better over the last few weeks, and they’re into fifth spot on the ladder.

It’s a solid improvement for the once-struggling club, but facing the Warriors isn’t an easy task in 2024.

New Zealand hasn’t been the most consistent team, but if it produces what it showed against Brisbane last week, it can win again.

Getting +5.5 points against the Bulldogs to too good to pass up.

Betting tip: Warriors +5.5 @ $1.90

Warriors by 2

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5:30pm Wests Tigers vs Melbourne Storm @ Leichhardt Oval

The Tigers got hammered by the Roosters last week, and they may have given up the ghost.

They face the surging Melbourne Storm, who are the top team in the competition at the moment, and that should see them lose.

We’re backing the Storm to win and cover the –12.5 spread, which seems overly generous.

Betting tip: Storm –12.5 @ $1.90

Storm by 18

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7:35pm North Queensland Cowboys vs Manly Sea Eagles @ Country Bank Stadium

The Cowboys are starting to put it all together, and after beating Penrith last week, we’re taking their odds to beat Manly.

They are $1.79 favourites against the Sea Eagles, and we thought they would be around $1.50 to win on Saturday night.

Momentum is everything with this team, and we’re taking the odds before they firm throughout the week.

Betting tip: Cowboys @ $1.79

Cowboys by 10

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Sunday 7/7/24

2:00pm Sydney Roosters vs St George Dragons @ Allianz Stadium

The Roosters scored an impressive win over the Tigers on Sunday, but this game will be harder.

St George comes off a win over the Dolphins, and although the attack of both teams was poor, the Dragons defended well.

Bookmakers have 13.5 points between them, and although it’s not easy to back the Dragons, that’s too many points to overlook.

Betting tip: Dragons +13.5 @ $1.90

Roosters by 10

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4:05pm Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights @ GIO Stadium

Desperation is sinking in for the Raiders and Knights, who are on the outside looking in.

They are struggling to play consistently, but the Knights battled back to beat the Eels last week, so they have momentum.

Playing on the road makes it harder, but we’re backing the Knights to win consecutive games.

Betting tip: Knights @ $1.90

Knights by 6

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About Daryl Curnow

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.