The NRL returns and we couldn’t be more thankful. After months of no league action, punters can bet on all eight Round 3 NRL games.
Action kicks off on Thursday with a Broncos vs. Eels blockbuster. We have previewed every game on the schedule.
NRL Round 3 Betting Tips
7:50pm Brisbane Broncos vs. Parramatta Eels @ Suncorp Stadium
The break couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Parramatta Eels. They were flying high after two wins, but expect them to pick up where they left off.
The Eels lead the competition after two rounds and they have a team that could go all the way in 2020. An exciting backline is partnered by some bruising forwards, so it’s well within their grasp.
Brisbane will enjoy playing at Suncorp and their experienced players should be ready to fire.
It’s a tough game to call after the break, but we’re siding with the Eels.
Betting tip: Eels to win @ $1.95 Bet Now
Eels by 6
6:00pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. Gold Coast Titans @ Country Bank Stadium
Before the break, the Gold Coast Titans were travelling horribly and we’re not expecting much to change.
They sit in last place and they come up against a Cowboys team that has plenty of upside this season. We believe the Cowboys are a team to follow in 2020 and they could string some wins together.
Look for the speedy outside backs to run havoc over the Titans.
Betting tip: Cowboys -8 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Cowboys by 12
7:55pm Sydney Roosters vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Bankwest Stadium
An all-Sydney battle takes place on Friday night as the Rabbitohs and Roosters square off.
The Rabbitohs have looked better than the Roosters, who are suffering from post-Grand Final syndrome. The Roosters have dropped both games, so desperation could take over.
Bookmakers have the Roosters as favourites in head-to-head markets. We think there is value with the Rabbitohs, but the Roosters will get off the mark soon, so it’s risky.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs to win @ $2.65 Bet Now
Rabbitohs by 4
3:00pm New Zealand Warriors vs. St George Dragons @ Central Coast Stadium
The season got worse for the Warriors over the break after losing two key forwards. It doesn’t well for them for the rest of the season and the Dragons could capitalise.
Both teams desperately need to start winning soon and the Dragons have enough firepower to get the win this week.
Credit to the Warriors, but they’re too injury ravaged at the moment.
Betting tip: Dragons to win @ $1.60 Bet Now
Dragons by 8
5:30pm Cronulla Sharks vs. Wests Tigers @ Bankwest Stadium
Not much should separate these teams on Saturday night and the market reflects that.
The Sharks and Tigers sit outside the top eight after two rounds, so they need to get winning shortly.
Cronulla has been a touch unlucky to date and although the Tigers have some star power, the Sharks could get the job done.
Expect them to remain steady in betting as action comes for both sides.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $1.66 Bet Now
Sharks by 4
7:35pm Melbourne Storm vs. Canberra Raiders @ AAMI Park
The Raiders didn’t suffer from their Grand Final hangover during the first two rounds. They looked like one of the teams to watch for this season.
Last year’s finalists sit ahead of the Storm in third position and it’s going to be a great Saturday night contest.
Both teams should enjoy the new six again rule and it should spark some great dummy-half play.
We can’t split them so take the value with the Raiders.
Betting tip: Raiders to win @ $2.20 Bet Now
Raiders by 2
4:05pm Penrith Panthers vs. Newcastle Knights @ Campbelltown Stadium
The Knights started the season well and they play a Panthers side without one of their key players.
Penrith are without Cleary for this game, and he’s a pivotal part of their success. We could see the Panthers struggle because of it and the Knights could pounce.
Newcastle usually starts their season well and that’s evident this season. Having Mitchell Pearce helps and he could be the determining factor on Sunday.
The Knights are holding steady in betting and that’s not surprising.
Betting tip: Knights to win @ $2.10 Bet Now
Knights by 8
6:30pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ Central Coast Stadium
It’s not quite the Sunday thriller we’ve come to expect but it should be a good game. The Sea Eagles have a team that could go all the way, but they haven’t started overly well.
They have, however, started better than the Bulldogs. Canterbury sits in 14th and not much is expected from the outfit this season.
Money is with Manly and they should kick off with a win.
Betting tip: Sea Eagles to win @ $1.33 Bet Now
Sea Eagles by 6