Round 24 looks to be an exciting round with only two weeks remaining in the regular season. The Top 8 is all but finalised but the pecking order come finals still remains unclear, while on the other end of the ladder the battle heats up to avoid the wooden spoon.
Currently the competitions most unwanted title sits with the Cowboys, with the Eels, Bulldogs and Sea Eagles not far behind.
Round 24 of the NRL Premiership season kicks of this Thursday night with the Wests Tigers taking on the Manly Sea Eagles.
7:50pm Wests Tigers v Manly Sea Eagles @ Campbelltown Stadium
These two sides will be looking for redemption this week after both going down in Round 23.
The Tigers only managed two tries in going down to the Dragons, with David Nofoaluma and Kevin Naiqama were the clear stand-outs for the Tigers.
The Sea Eagles went into half-time with a 22–8 lead after blitzing the Titans with four first half tries. The second half told a much different story, eventually going down 34–42.
The Tigers have a far better defensive record and that will be the difference in this game.
Betting Tip: Tigers to Win @ $1.55 (BET NOW)
Tigers by 8
6:00pm New Zealand Warriors v Penrith Panthers @ Mt Smart Stadium
With both sides losing to lower placed teams last week, they will be looking for improvement to secure their 2018 finals birth.
The Warriors need to win at least one of their final 2 games of the regular season to ensure a top 8 finish.
The Penrith Panthers currently sit 5th on the competition leader board but they went down to Knights by 8 last week after having their opportunities to win the match.
We’re looking forward to an exciting match of Rugby League but will take the Panthers to get he win.
Betting Tip: Panthers for the Win @ $2.25 (BET NOW)
Panthers by 4
7:55pm North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels @ 1300SMILES Stadium
This match is Jonathon Thurston’s final match at 1300SMILES Stadium in front of a home crowd. We expect big things from the Cowboys this week as all players will be aiming to send their legendary captain out a winner.
This match also plays a critical role in deciding who could claim the 2018 wooden spoon.
The Eels blitzed the Dragons two weeks ago and were brought back to Earth with a thud last weekend by the Storm, only managing one try.
With more to play for, more on the line, and in front of a home crowd the Cowboys look to be the best bet.
Betting Tip: Cowboys for the Win @ $1.60 (BET NOW)
Cowboys by 8
3:00pm Canberra Raiders v South Sydney Rabbitohs @ GIO Stadium
The Raiders won against the competition leaders on Sunday to claim back some respect in what has been a rollercoaster season.
With nothing to play for but each other, the Raiders are taking out the close games they were agonisingly losing at the start of the year.
The Rabbitohs should have a few stars returning from injury for this match, with the much needed experience returning at the right time.
The under-manned Rabbitohs were beaten by the broncos by 20 points last week and they will be looking to turn that result around this weekend.
Betting Tip: Rabbitohs to Win @ $1.60 (BET NOW)
Rabbitohs by 16
5:30pm Gold Coast Titans v Melbourne Storm @ CBUS Super Stadium
The Titans fought back strongly to beat the Sea Eagles last weekend, though this week will be a tougher match.
In their previous match the Storm took on the Eels and Won comfortably 20 – 6. A Question mark will be against Cam Smith’s name this week as the Storm Captain came from the field with a back complaint.
Will Chambers has taken the early guilty plea for a crusher tackle and will be on the sidelines for the next 3 weeks.
Storm will win comfortably.
Betting Tip: Storm to Win @ $1.44 (BET NOW)
Storm by 20
7:35pm Sydney Roosters v Brisbane Broncos @ Allianz Stadium
The Broncos battered a under strength Rabbitohs side by 20 points on Friday night. Questions will be asked of the Broncos young forward pack as the Broncos search for consisting coming into the finals.
An experience Rooster side is in fantastic form and are currently book makers favourites to take out the 2018 Grand Final.
The Roosters went down in a tight clash with the Raiders last week and will be looking to turn things around this weekend.
Betting Tip: Roosters to Win @ $1.50 (BET NOW)
Roosters by 8
2:00pm Cronulla Sharks v Newcastle Knights @ Southern Cross Group Stadium
The Sharks form in recent weeks has earnt them the right to be outright favourites heading into this match. Currently sitting sixth on the competition table the next two games for the Shark will be crucial to their 2018 Finals campaign.
The Knights beat the Panthers last week and were very good defensively to keep the Panthers to only 12 points. Given they have more to play for I think the Sharks will be too good.
Betting Tip: Shark to Win @ $1.38 (BET NOW)
Sharks by 20
4:10 pm St. George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs @ Jubilee Oval
The Dragons found form again last week and beat the West Tigers by 10 points. This game will be a tougher assignment with an enthusiastic young Bulldogs side beating some tough competition in the past month.
The Bulldogs, led by exciting rookie half Lachlan Lewis, can’t be written off and I think this match will be a close one and the bulldogs might just get the upper hand.
Betting Tip: Bulldogs to Win @ $2.40 (BET NOW)
Bulldogs by 2