We have expert tips for NRL Round 18 which kicks off on July 18th with the Broncos vs. Bulldogs.
We’re getting down to the business end of the season now where every game undertakes extreme importance. Which teams will cope with the pressure and come out on top?
7:50pm Brisbane Broncos vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ Suncorp Stadium
We’re not sure if the Broncos would have been happy with the draw against the Warriors last week or not. We’re predicting that they’re not, because they are still in 13th spot and need to win out.
Winning this game shouldn’t be too hard against the Bulldogs, which sit in 15th spot, but they have played a little better recently.
However, Brisbane should be winning this with their talented roster.
Betting tip: Broncos –7.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Broncos by 10
6:00pm New Zealand Warriors vs. Cronulla Sharks @ Westpac Stadium
The Warriors were unlucky not to win against the Broncos last week but it should give them some good confidence.
That’s something the Sharks don’t have right now, after being defeated again by the Melbourne Storm and by a big margin in Round 17.
The Sharks haven’t performed well at all over the last few weeks and although the Warriors don’t typically play well in Wellington, they could turn that statistic around here.
Betting tip: Warriors to win @ $2.08 Bet Now
Warriors by 6
7:55pm Penrith Panthers vs. St George Dragons @ Panthers Stadium
The Panthers shrugged off their Origin hangover when scoring a 24-2 win over the Titans on Friday night.
They have been playing well after starting the season awfully, which has seen them break into the top eight.
For the Dragons, they’ll need a minor miracle to make the playoffs and coming off a 36-14 defeat to the Raiders, they’re not in a good frame of mind.
Panthers should be winning this comfortably.
Betting tip: Panthers to win @ $1.65 Bet Now
Panthers by 8
3:00pm Sydney Roosters vs. Newcastle Knights @ SCG
These are two teams heading in the wrong direction, especially the Roosters which suffered another poor loss last week.
They lost by one point to the lowly North Queensland Cowboys and somethings not quite clicking for the 2018 NRL champions. They are seemingly playing with fear and that’s not something the Roosters are known for.
However, the Knights are also slipping down the ladder. Losing Kayln Ponga has hurt the club and they could struggle in the back-half of the season.
Expecting the Roosters to get back to winning form but we don’t think the margin will be big.
Betting tip: Roosters to win @ $1.34 Bet Now
Roosters by 6
5:30pm Canberra Raiders vs. Wests Tigers @ GIO Stadium
Canberra got back to their winning ways last week and they now sit at third position on the NRL ladder.
It has been a strange season for the Raiders, which have given up big leads throughout the season, but when they play well, they’re awfully tough to beat.
Standing in their way this week are the Tigers, who couldn’t use Benji Marshall’s 300th game to spur themselves on last week.
It was a rather poor effort from this club which is trending in the wrong direction.
Betting tip: Raiders –5.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Raiders by 12
7:35pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs @ 1300SMILES Stadium
It was a much-needed win for the Cowboys last week and now they’re in 10th position and a chance of making the playoffs.
Beating the Roosters at home is a good victory for this struggling club, but they have looked much better recently and could score an upset win over the Rabbitohs.
The Rabbitohs don’t have many holes in their game, however. They did the job against Manly last week, scoring by a point and that should hold them in good stead for this.
Cowboys need this win more than the Rabbitohs, so we’re going for an upset.
Betting tip: Cowboys +4 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Cowboys by 2
2:00pm Gold Coast Titans vs. Melbourne Storm @ Cbus Super Stadium
The Titans sit in a familiar position of last on the NRL ladder and it’s not about to get any easier for the struggling franchise.
They come up against a rampant Melbourne Storm team, which is backing up after piling on the points against the Sharks last week.
Cameron Smith will be playing his 401st career game for the Storm and his team should be able to notch up another comfortable win.
Betting tip: Storm –10.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Storm by 22
4:05pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. Parramatta Eels @ Lottoland
This is shaping up to be a terrific Round 18 game between two capable NRL teams. The Sea Eagles suffered a close defeat last week and they’ll be looking to make amends against the Eels.
Parramatta were easy winners over the Tigers last week when scoring 30-18 and they could start stringing wins together now.
That being said, we still think this Manly team could play well over the final few weeks and push for a top-four spot.
Bookmakers have them as favourites and we agree with that.
Betting tip: Sea Eagles to win @ $1.53 Bet Now
Sea Eagles by 7