Round 21 is going to go off this week and two games highlight the all-important week. The Rabbitohs take on the Storm on Friday night and the Dragons play the Warriors to kick off Super Saturday.
The top eight spots are all still up for grabs and positioning will be key leading into the playoffs. There’s also the chance that the Tigers could get past the Warriors and this week should make life interesting for both clubs.
We have free tips and form for all Round 21 NRL games this week.
7:50pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Broncos @ ANZ Stadium
It was a nervy win for the Broncos last Thursday night against the Broncos and we wouldn’t blame them for letting their foot off the gas against the Bulldogs this week.
We don’t think will happen, however, as the Broncos are making a late charge up the NRL ladder and although they still have inconsistencies in their squad, they pose a threat to any club inside the top eight.
The Bulldogs will come into the game full of confidence after beating the red-hot Tigers and that should hold them in good stead, but the Broncos are a much tougher opponent.
Bookmakers look to have this market spot on and the Broncos should come out on top.
Betting tip: Broncos 1-12 @ $2.88 (BET NOW)
Broncos by 8
6:00pm Newcastle Knights vs. Wests Tigers @ McDonald Jones Stadium
The Knights made a good fist of it against the Cowboys last week but they ultimately choked and facing a desperate Tigers team could spell trouble this week.
They gave up a good lead last Friday night but they did it without some big names in the lineup. It has been a disappointing season for the Knights, which started on fire but they have cooled down since.
For the Tigers, losing last week was costly and they could have been a win away from sneaking into the top eight. They will likely need to win every game from here, depending on the Warriors form but it all starts this Friday night.
A loss realistically puts an end to their season and we think they have what it takes to win.
Betting tip: Tigers to win @ $1.75 (BET NOW)
Tigers by 4
7:55pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Melbourne Storm @ ANZ Stadium
The Rabbitohs didn’t look like premiership favourites for most of the game against the Eels last week but they eventually found their class to score a 26-20 win.
Melbourne took care of business against an average Raiders win when winning 44-10 at AAMI Park and they look set to continue their dominance in the NRL, but winning in Sydney this week isn’t going to be a sure thing.
Despite showing some inconsistency, the Rabbitohs are still one of the teams to beat and the Storm are due a disappointing effort.
Take the value with the home side here.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs to win @ $2.12 (BET NOW)
Rabbitohs by 7
3:00pm St George Dragons vs. New Zealand Warriors @ WIN Stadium
New Zealand certainly didn’t look like premiership contenders against Gold Coast last week, getting smoked in a one-sided affair and it showed how much they miss quality hooker Issac Luke, who was sorely missed for the Warriors.
This is going to be a pivotal game for both teams as the Warriors are fighting for top eight security and the Dragons, who were easily beaten by the Roosters last week, are fighting to stay in contention for a top-four spot.
Both teams have been hard to read this season but the Warriors love winning games they’re not expected to. That is the situation this week so we’ll take the outsiders at nice odds.
Betting tip: Warriors to win @ $2.75 (BET NOW)
Warriors by 8
5:30pm Parramatta Eels vs. Gold Coast Titans @ ANZ Stadium
The Eels blew a golden opportunity to score a rare win over the Rabbitohs last week and position themselves better, but they let it slip and now face the wooden spoon.
It has been a dreadful season for the Eels, which currently sit in 16th spot despite owning some of the most exciting backs in the game, but they can’t seem to put it all together and they now face a Titans team which found form over the Warriors.
Betting suggested that the Titans were a chance last week, firming in from $2.25 to $2.10 before kickoff and it was money well-placed. The Titans looked impressive and there’s still life left in this team.
Trusting either team is a mistake but the Titans should be too good.
Betting tip: Titans to win @ $2.12 (BET NOW)
Titans by 10
7:35pm Sydney Roosters vs. North Queensland Cowboys @ Allianz Stadium
The Roosters stood up and accounted for the Dragons in a thrilling display last week and it’s tough to see them slowing down against the Cowboys.
To their credit, the Cowboys pulled off a good comeback win last week but wins have been rare this season and they could get blown off the park in Sydney this week. There seems to be low energy levels coming out of the North Queensland camp and the Roosters’ spirits couldn’t be any higher.
Bookies have this game on the money and it shouldn’t be close.
Betting tip: Roosters –11.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Roosters by 18
2:00pm Cronulla Sharks vs. Manly Sea Eagles @ Southern Cross Group Stadium
The Sharks might have lacked the winning touch last week against the Broncos, losing 12-10, but they lost no admirers in the process. It was a gallant display from the top-four contenders and playing back at home should help.
Manly played well against the Panthers last week, losing by four points in a close contest throughout. The senior players played well and that’s bound to give them confidence going forward.
In saying that, the Sharks are the much better side and anything but a home win would be a big upset.
Betting tip: Sharks –8.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Sharks by 10
4:10pm Penrith Panthers vs. Canberra Raiders @ Panthers Stadium
The Panthers got the two points last week against Manly and although they would have been hoping for a more impressive result, a win is a win.
It kept them in the hunt for a home playoff spot and coming up against the confidence-stricken Raiders should see them getting another two points.
The Raiders are one of the most underperforming sides in the NRL and we’re not sure how Ricky Stuart continues to keep his job as a coach. His record is poor at all levels and the Panthers should take advantage of that.
Betting tip: Panthers -8 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Panthers by 12