2021 NRL Round 21 – Tips, Predictions & Odds

We have expert tips for NRL Round 21 which kicks off on August 8 with the Cowboys vs. Broncos.

Playoff positions are still up for grabs and the top four spots are also there for the taking. Punters get two incredible Sunday games, which includes all top-four teams.

Raiders vs. Roosters and Rabbitohs vs. Storm caps off what should be a great Round 21 of the NRL.

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NRL Round 21 Tips

Thursday 8/8/19

7:50pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. Brisbane Broncos @ 1300SMILES Stadium

The season is all but over for the Cowboys, which suffered another loss to the Wests Tigers last week.

It has been an awful season for the Cowboys, which have the team on paper to match some of the best but the results simply haven’t been there.

Same goes for the Broncos, who did their playoff chances no help by losing 40-4 to the Melbourne Storm last Friday night.

It was a loss which saw them slip out of the top eight but it’s so tight, a win could get them back in.

Broncos should be winning this.

Betting tip: Broncos to win @ $1.80 Bet Now

Broncos by 6

Friday 9/8/19

6:00pm New Zealand Warriors vs. Manly Sea Eagles @ Mt Smart Stadium

We had a feeling the Warriors’ recent run of bad luck would eventually produce a shocking effort and we were right.

They were soundly beaten by the Raiders last week and it could well have ended their NRL playoff hopes. They’re now in 12th position and they have a tough run home.

That starts when they face the Seal Eagles this week, which have been firing on all cylinders over the last few weeks.

Manly should be too strong for the ailing Warriors.

Betting tip: Sea Eagles to win @ $1.48 Bet Now

Sea Eagles by 6

7:55pm Penrith Panthers vs. Cronulla Sharks @ Panthers Stadium

The Panthers went on a lengthy winning streak but have now dropped their last two. They looked good last week against the Bulldogs but they’re panicking around the goal line.

They aren’t scoring enough tries at the moment and that must be frustrating coach Ivan Cleary. Getting the metres down the field has been easy but there’s no cohesion when it comes to putting on a try-scoring move.

That’s not a problem for the Sharks, which scored an upset win over the Rabbitohs last week and they’re heading in the right direction.

Currently 7th on the ladder, the Sharks could make a late push for a top-four position.

Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $1.70 Bet Now

Sharks by 10

Saturday 10/8/19

3:00pm St George Dragons vs. Gold Coast Titans @ Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Both of these teams have been awful this season but at least one of them will get a win this Saturday.

The Dragons were favoured to beat the Eels last week but they were disappointing at home. However, they face the woeful Titans here, which look odds-on to win the wooden spoon.

We can’t be overly confident about either team here. It’s whoever turns up with the right attitude that will win.

Stick with the Dragons at the short odds.

Betting tip: Dragons to win @ $1.33 Bet Now

Dragons by 10

5:30pm Parramatta Eels vs. Newcastle Knights @ Bankwest Stadium

The Newcastle Knights continued their downward trend when losing 30-6 to the Manly Sea Eagles in Round 20.

It has been a disappointing tail-end to the season for the Knights, which started so well and looked a good chance of making the playoffs.

Conversely, for the Eels, they scored another win over the Dragons and they’re now in a good spot in 6th. It has been an inconsistent season for the Eels, but they look good when they’re on.

Punters are getting nice enough odds for the Eels and they should be taken throughout the week.

Betting tip: Eels to win @ $1.66 Bet Now

Eels by 8

7:35pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Wests Tigers @ ANZ Stadium

Credit to the Bulldogs for playing tough despite having no chance of making the playoffs.

They are coming off a gritty win over the Panthers and they are seemingly enjoying their football, despite sitting in 15th position.

The Tigers could have something to worry about this week and the pressure is certainly on their shoulders. Sitting in 8th position isn’t safe at the moment and they’re not exactly a team that handles pressure well.

We’re predicting an upset going in favour of the home side.

Betting tip: Bulldogs to win @ $2.40 Bet Now

Bulldogs by 2

Sunday 11/8/19

2:00pm Canberra Raiders vs. Sydney Roosters @ GIO Stadium

The Raiders are rolling at the moment and they’re now in 3rd position on the NRL ladder following their massive win over the Warriors.

It was a one-sided display from the Green Machine and now they face a much harder task coming up against the Roosters.

The Roosters flexed their muscles when putting up 56 points against the Gold Coast Titans and it’s a win they might have needed. It could allow the scoring floodgates to open now, which could spell trouble for the Raiders.

This is going to be a close contest as the odds suggest, but we’re siding with the Roosters.

Betting tip: Roosters to win @ $1.80 Bet Now

Roosters by 4

4:05pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Melbourne Storm @ Central Coast Stadium

The Rabbitohs have slipped down to fourth in the standings and they could continue to slide following this week.

Facing the Melbourne Storm isn’t ideal for the Rabbitohs right now, but it will give them an indication of where they’re currently at.

Having lost in Round 19, the Storm bounced back as they typically do with a thrashing of the Brisbane Broncos (40-4). It was a one-sided display from the team leading the minor premiership.

This should be another cracking Sunday contest where the Storm could score a narrow victory.

Betting tip: Storm to win @ $1.49 Bet Now

Storm by 6

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Daryl Curnow
About the Author: 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.



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