We have expert tips for Round 25 of the 2019 NRL season which kicks off on Thursday, September 5 with the Rabbitohs vs. Roosters.
It’s the final week of the regular season and despite the minor premiership being wrapped up, there’s plenty to play for.
Rabbitohs vs. Roosters is a key top-four clash on Thursday night and NRL finals spots are still up for grabs in round 25 – especially with the Tigers vs. Sharks game on Sunday afternoon.
7:50pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Sydney Roosters @ ANZ Stadium
This is set to be a massive clash and what a way to kick off Round 25 of the 2019 NRL season.
Rabbitohs bounced back to their best form when thrashing the Warriors in Auckland last week and that form should hold up well for this.
Roosters did what they do best when beating the Panthers 22-6 and they are looking like one of the form teams heading into the playoffs.
Picking a winner here will be tough for punters but we’re favouring the Roosters. It will be a close game but they have class on their side.
Betting tip: Roosters to win @ $1.64 Bet Now
Roosters by 6
6:00pm Parramatta Eels vs. Manly Sea Eagles @ Bankwest Stadium
Playoff positioning is on the line here as the Eels look to bounce-back when taking on the Manly Sea Eagles on Friday.
Parramatta are coming off a thrilling 17-16 loss to the Broncos last week and they can leapfrog the Sea Eagles into fifth position with a win here.
Manly have been a little off over the last few weeks and they looked lost against Melbourne last weekend. Those performances won’t do their confidence any good as the finals approach.
Another tough game to call but the Eels could take this one.
Betting tip: Eels to win @ $1.71 Bet Now
Eels by 4
7:55pm Melbourne Storm vs. North Queensland Cowboys @ AAMI Park
Melbourne were at their brilliant best when beating the Manly Sea Eagles last week and that should continue this week.
Facing the Cowboys hasn’t been a challenge for most teams this season and this game should be a one-sided affair.
We don’t think the Cowboys will be playing for pride, however, Melbourne might choose to rest some of their star players.
Bookmakers have a 13.5-point head start in favour of the Storm, but if they do rest players, expect that to change.
Betting tip: Cowboys +13.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Storm by 12
3:00pm Canberra Raiders vs. New Zealand Warriors @ GIO Stadium
After four weeks of top-flight games, the Raiders will enjoy taking on the struggling Warriors in Round 25 to close out the NRL season.
Raiders needed to win against the Sharks last week and they did that in dramatic fashion. The one-point win was enough to regain momentum heading into the playoffs.
For the Warriors, they have slipped right down the NRL ladder after looking a top-eight chance a few weeks back.
They are not playing well and the Raiders should take advantage.
Betting tip: Raiders –9.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Raiders by 12
5:30pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Broncos @ ANZ Stadium
This Round 25 game is an important one for the Broncos but that doesn’t mean it will be an easy win.
They are currently seventh on the NRL ladder and could slip down to 8th depending on results earlier in the round.
Brisbane got back to winning form when scoring a one-point victory over the Eels. That was a clutch victory from the Broncos, who had been struggling to close out games.
Canterbury have been the upset team this season, scoring numerous wins as underdogs and they could do the same here.
Can’t be ruling out the Bulldogs but the Broncos should go well.
Betting tip: Broncos to win @ $1.68 Bet Now
Broncos by 8
7:35pm Gold Coast Titans vs. St George Dragons @ Cbus Super Stadium
This could be the lowest-rated game of the season as the bottom two teams fight it out.
The Titans and Dragons have been awful this season and it’s tough to get excited about this game, but there could be value with the home side.
They’re currently paying $2.20 to win and considering the Dragons have stopped caring, playing in front of a home crowd could be enough for the Titans to win.
Betting tip: Titans to win @ $2.20 Bet Now
Titans by 6
2:00pm Wests Tigers vs. Cronulla Sharks @ Leichhardt Oval
Wests Tigers vs Cronulla Sharks could be the game of the round and there’s plenty on the line. The winner will make it into the NRL playoffs and the loser will be left to lick their wounds.
Cronulla are the current favourites after losing by a point to the Canberra Raiders in Round 24 and they could bounce back in fine style.
However, the Tigers are tough to beat at this venue and that’s why bookmakers are respecting them in the betting.
There is little between these two teams but the Sharks are the more professional unit and could come out victorious.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $1.80 Bet Now
Sharks by 4
4:05pm Penrith Panthers vs. Newcastle Knights @ Panthers Stadium
Both teams have nothing to play for in what has been a struggling end to the season.
Panthers and Knights both looked likely to play in the finals but after a dismal close-out to the season, they’re playing for nothing but pride in the final week.
Newcastle has a little more going for them here and given that punters are getting better odds, we’ll happily tip them to win.
Betting tip: Knights to win @ $2.08 Bet Now
Knights by 4