We have expert betting tips for NRL Round 18, which starts with the Gold Coast Titans vs Parramatta Eels on Friday night.
A full card of games is available for punters this week, including the highly-anticipated Sea Eagles vs Dragons and Storm vs Knights.
NRL Round 18 Tips
6:00pm Gold Coast Titans vs Parramatta Eels @ Cbus Super Stadium
The Parramatta Eels are still in a top four position and we’re not surprised they’re the favourites to beat Gold Coast on Friday.
Despite the Titans improving over the last few weeks, the Eels are a level above and they should have too much offensive firepower.
Punters get $1.50 in head-to-head markets and they should also cover the spread.
Betting tip: Parramatta Eels –5.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Eels by 12
7:55pm Manly Sea Eagles vs St George Dragons @ 4 Pines Park
Manly suffered a disappointing 30-16 loss to Canberra last week, but getting their Origin players back is a positive.
The Dragons enjoyed a bye week following their win against the New Zealand Warriors, which came with a late field goal.
The Sea Eagles had been traveling nicely and we think the Raiders loss was a blip on the radar. Punters should expect a bounce-back effort.
Betting tip: Manly Sea Eagles to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sea Eagles by 12
3:00pm Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks @ GIO Stadium
The Raiders hadn’t been showing much, but with an upset win over the Sea Eagles last week, it could turn their season around.
Canberra is sitting in 11th spot on the NRL ladder, and although it has been a tough slog, it has the players available to make a playoff run.
Cronulla comes off a good win against the Warriors and it’s evenly-matched against the Raiders, so expect a close game.
We give the edge to the home side, which should be favoured to win with bookmakers.
Betting tip: Canberra Raiders to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Raiders by 8
5:30pm North Queensland Cowboys vs Sydney Roosters @ Country Bank Stadium
We’re not sure what went wrong with the Cowboys last week, but it wasn’t pretty to watch.
They had a 10-point lead over the Rabbitohs early, but once Jason Taumalolo went off the field, so did the chances of the Cowboys.
Sydney scored a narrow win over the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t convincing. The Roosters are the –8.5 favourites and they should cover the spread against a team lacking in confidence.
Betting tip: Sydney Roosters –8.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Roosters by 12
7:35pm Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights @ AAMI Park
Melbourne is clearly the best team in the NRL and although the Knights have improved with Kalyn Ponga back in the squad, it shouldn’t make much of a difference.
The Storm are making short work of quality teams. They have a superior points differential and the star players are stepping up.
Bookmakers have 19.5 points between them, which is a big line, but the Storm should score a comfortable victory.
Betting tip: Melbourne Storm –19.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Storm by 24
2:00pm New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers @ Central Coast Stadium
The Warriors come off another tough loss and nothing is going right for them. We’re not expecting the Warriors to keep in contact with a talented Panthers outfit.
Penrith doesn’t have Nathan Cleary, which is a huge blow, but it still has a talented team that should take care of a disappointing Warriors team.
Take the Panthers to score a comfortable double-digit victory.
Betting tip: Penrith Panthers to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Panthers by 16
4:05pm Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers @ Suncorp Stadium
Punters have a hard time knowing what to expect from Brisbane and the Tigers, which is much the case for Sunday’s game.
The Broncos are the $1.55 favourites to score another win and despite being 15th on the ladder, they’re good enough to make a late-season run.
We’re not expecting much from the Tigers and although it’s not easy, we’re taking the Broncos to get the job done.
Betting tip: Brisbane Broncos –4 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Broncos by 8
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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.