** 2021 preview and predictions are shown below – 2022 predictions will be updated on the Monday before the round starts! **
We have expert betting tips for NRL Round 20, which starts with the Roosters vs Eels blockbuster on Thursday night.
It’s a huge week in the NRL, which includes the Storm vs Panthers on Saturday night. It could be an early look at the Grand Final, so all eyes will be on Suncorp Stadium.
We preview every game and find the best bets available.
NRL Round 20 Tips
7:50pm Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels @ BB Print Stadium
A country stadium in Mackay hosts the Roosters vs Eels, which should be a thrilling contest to kick off the week.
Parramatta is looking to bounce back after an ordinary performance against the Raiders. They were flat-footed throughout and they should be better this week.
The Roosters did well to put away the Knights, but the win came at a cost. The injury toll continues to rise and it won’t help against the Eels.
Betting tip: Parramatta Eels –4.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Eels by 10
6:00pm Wests Tigers vs New Zealand Warriors @ Suncorp Stadium
The Tigers and Warriors are struggling to show their best form and we’re not surprised by the even betting markets.
New Zealand got thrashed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs last week, but despite some injury concerns, they’re still a dangerous outfit.
We think they can get the better of the Tigers in what should be an evenly-matched contest.
Betting tip: New Zealand Warriors @ $2 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Warriors by 4
8:05pm Brisbane Broncos vs North Queensland Cowboys @ Suncorp Stadium
The Cowboys should be proud of their performance against the Melbourne Storm. Losing by only four points as the 32.5-point underdogs is a credible effort.
The same goes for the Broncos, who lost to the Panthers by only six points. It sets up for another even game on Friday night between desperate teams.
A lot is needed to make a push for the playoffs and we think the Broncos are best equipped to make the late run. They’re the slight favourites to win and they’re worth following.
Betting tip: Brisbane Broncos @ $1.85 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Broncos by 8
3:00pm St George Dragons vs South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Browne Park
There isn’t much going right for the Dragons at the moment and that’s reflected in betting markets.
St George are the $7 outsiders to upset the Rabbitohs, but we can’t see it happening. South Sydney was tremendous against the Warriors last week, and a similar result could be on the cards.
The current line is 20.5 points, and given the way the Rabbitohs are scoring tries, they should cover the spread.
Betting tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs –20.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Rabbitohs by 28
5:30pm Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders @ Suncorp Stadium
We were disappointed with what the Knights offered last week. It didn’t help to have Kayln Ponga playing with an injury, but the lack of defensive urgency is a concern.
The Raiders were gutsy when upsetting the Eels, so we’re surprised they’re not shorter in betting markets for this game.
We priced the Raiders at $1.40, so the $1.71 available is well worth taking.
Betting tip: Canberra Raiders @ $1.71 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Raiders by 8
7:35pm Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers @ Suncorp Stadium
The top two teams battle on Saturday night in a replay of the 2020 Grand Final, and it could be a preview of the 2021 Grand Final.
Melbourne is going about its business in fine style, and although they looked only fair last week, they likely had this game in mind.
Penrith hasn’t been helped with injuries to their halves. It has put a dampener on the season, but the Panthers are still good enough to compete.
Bookmakers have 10.5 points between them, which is fair. We think the Storm will have too much class in the second half and pull away late.
Betting tip: Melbourne Storm –10.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Storm by 14
2:00pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Titans @ Cbus Super Stadium
The Titans rebounded into form with a stellar win over the Dragons and consecutive wins look likely against the hapless Bulldogs.
There is nothing going right for the Bulldogs, who suffered another hefty loss in Round 19 and the wooden spoon looks theirs for the taking.
Backing the Titans to cover a double-digit spread isn’t easy, but they are the much better team and should score comfortably.
Betting tip: Gold Coast Titans –10.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Titans by 18
4:05pm Cronulla Sharks vs Manly Sea Eagles @ Moreton Daily Stadium
The Sharks took care of business last week, but we don’t like their chances against a red-hot Manly outfit.
The Sea Eagles scored a 44-24 win over the Tigers last week and they look good to make a deep playoff run this season. Manly has more class than the Sharks, despite them coming off a 44-24 win over their own.
13.5 points is not easy to cover, but the Sea Eagles are a top offensive side.
Betting tip: Manly Sea Eagles –13.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sea Eagles by 16
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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.