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We have expert betting tips for NRL Round 21, which starts with the Knights vs Broncos on Thursday night.
There are only a few weeks left of the regular season, so every game is important. It’s the case this week and there are some big games, including Eels vs Rabbitohs, Roosters vs Panthers and Sea Eagles vs Storm.
We preview every game and find the best bets available for NRL Round 21.
NRL Round 21 Tips
7:50pm Newcastle Knights vs Brisbane Broncos @ Sunshine Coast Stadium
We were impressed by the Brisbane Broncos when beating the North Queensland Cowboys last week. The 37-18 win was a solid effort and they could score another win over Newcastle.
The win came at a cost with Katoni-Staggs going down with an injury, but the rest of the team should be intact for Thursday’s game.
Newcastle took care of the Raiders and they’re still in contention for a playoff spot. Brisbane is not, which could be the difference. Take Newcastle to win in a close contest.
Betting tip: Newcastle Knights to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Knights by 8
6:00pm Canberra Raiders vs St George Dragons @ Cbus Super Stadium
Canberra had a great chance to distance themselves last week but losing to Newcastle showed how inconsistent they are.
The Raiders have been tough for punters to trust and the same goes for the Dragons, who were destroyed 50-14 by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Canberra has more upside and it should be able to put the struggling Dragons away on Friday night.
Betting tip: Canberra Raiders to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Raiders by 10
8:05pm Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Cbus Super Stadium
Punters don’t know what to expect from the Eels at the moment. One week they look good, the next they lose two on the bounce and fail to score a point against the Roosters.
There is much more confidence with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, who come off another huge defeat of the Dragons and we expect their winning run to continue.
The neutral ground helps the Rabbitohs and we expect them to be favourites with bookmakers.
Betting tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Rabbitohs by 12
3:00pm New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks @ Suncorp Stadium
The Warriors showed heart to beat the Wests Tigers with half their team missing last week, but doing it in consecutive weeks is much harder.
They will be up against it on Saturday when taking on the Sharks, who will be without the injured Shaun Johnson. He is out for the season, so their chances of making the playoffs have decreased.
However, we think they should get the better of New Zealand, which is still without many top-level players.
Betting tip: Cronulla Sharks to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sharks by 10
5:30pm Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers @ Suncorp Stadium
The Roosters and Panthers are doing it tough with players missing due to injury, but the Roosters have copped better than Penrith.
Sydney scored an emphatic 28-0 win over Parramatta last week, and despite a growing list of injuries, they keep producing like a quality team does.
Penrith was thrashed by Melbourne and its premiership ambitions are slipping away. They should be better on Saturday, but we’re going with the Roosters to keep their form.
Betting tip: Sydney Roosters to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Roosters by 6
7:35pm Manly Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm @ Suncorp Stadium
Manly has been playing well this season, but there is no better team in the NRL than the Melbourne Storm.
The premiership favourites destroyed the Penrith Panthers last week and there is seemingly no slowing down the multiple NRL champs.
It will be their toughest test for some time, but the Storm have the players to cope and getting Ryan Papenhuizen back in the team adds to their appeal.
Take whatever odds the bookmakers offer for Melbourne.
Betting tip: Melbourne Storm to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Storm by 10
2:00pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers @ Moreton Daily Stadium
There is nothing going the way of the Tigers, and although they’re playing the Bulldogs, we couldn’t back them to win.
The club is in turmoil and there will no doubt be a coaching change coming at the end of the season. They had an excellent chance to beat the Warriors, but some slack play over the last 20 minutes put pay to their chances.
Canterbury is still playing for pride and to get off the bottom of the table, so take them to win.
Betting tip: Canterbury Bulldogs to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Bulldogs by 6
4:05pm Gold Coast Titans vs North Queensland Cowboys @ Cbus Super Stadium
The all-Queensland encounter should go the way of the Titans, who are in a better position to make the playoffs.
They have been improving over the last few weeks and the Cowboys, despite playing well at times, can’t seem to play for the full 80 minutes.
Gold Coast will be favoured to win with bookmakers and we expect them to get the job done on Sunday afternoon.
Betting tip: Gold Coast Titans to win – Bet @ Sportsbet
Titans by 7
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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.