It’s a shortened work week but that means it’s heaven for NRL punters. Round 7 action kicks off with an ANZAC Day double-header.
Four of the competitions’ most exciting teams do battle on Thursday which includes the Roosters vs Dragons and Storm vs Warriors.
Eight NRL games scheduled in Round 7 and we have free expert tips for all.
4:05pm Sydney Roosters vs. St George Dragons @ SCG
The Roosters had some nervous moments against the Melbourne Storm but they came away with the two competition points last Friday night.
A 21-20 win will hold the defending champions in good stead this season and they could benefit from taking on a Dragons side which has looked there for the beating this season.
Dragons are coming off a solid 12-10 win over Manly, but they didn’t look convincing. A similar defensive effort will be needed against one of the best defensive teams in the NRL.
Bookmakers have the line at 9.5, which is quite high.
Betting tip: Dragons +9.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Roosters by 6
7:50pm Melbourne Storm vs. New Zealand Warriors @ AAMI Park
The Warriors are in a little bit of strife after losing another game last week to the North Queensland Cowboys. Luckily for them, they have one of the best records against the Storm.
New Zealand always plays well against the Storm, but we get the feeling this won’t be as close as usual. Storm are coming off a 21-20 loss to the Roosters and they rarely produce consecutive losing efforts.
Most punters are expecting a Storm win but can the Warriors cover the 12.5-point start? That’s the big question and if this lives up to the hype, the Warriors could hang around for 80 minutes.
Betting tip: Warriors +12.5 @ $1.90 Bet Now
Storm by 10
6:00pm Canterbury Bulldogs vs. North Queensland Cowboys @ ANZ Stadium
These teams are dwelling near the bottom of the ladder, with the Bulldogs actually occupying the 16th and final spot.
Things looked brighter for the Cowboys last week, however, when scoring an upset 17-10 win over the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland.
It was a confidence-building effort for the side which was lacking leadership and desperately needed the win. They have the experience edge over a young Bulldogs side and that could make all the difference here.
We’re a little surprised at the odds on offer for the Cowboys.
Betting tip: Cowboys to win @ $2.13 Bet Now
Cowboys by 4
7:55pm Penrith Panthers vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Panthers Stadium
Penrith had their chance to beat the Sharks last Thursday night but they went down by four points. In their favour is having over a week off to prepare for this.
They will need to prepare as they face the Rabbitohs, which didn’t look overly great last week when beating the Bulldogs, but they got the job done.
This is typically a tight contest between two teams that like to keep it in the forwards. For Penrith, they need the win more as sitting in 12th position isn’t ideal.
The Rabbitohs are travelling well in fourth and given their status on the table, the odds this week are generous.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs to win @ $1.67 Bet Now
Rabbitohs by 4
5:30pm Wests Tigers vs. Gold Coast Titans @ Scully Park
Momentum is key for teams like the Tigers and Titans. The Tigers have absolutely no momentum after getting smashed by the Eels 51-6 on Easter Monday.
It was a dismal performance playing in front of a home crowd and they welcome the Titans this week, which have gathered momentum over the last few weeks.
Injuries to their forward pack continue to dominate the headlines but the Titans were too good for the Knights last week and that form could continue this week.
Should be a close game.
Betting tip: Titans to win @ $2.13 Bet Now
Titans by 2
7:35pm Brisbane Broncos vs. Cronulla Sharks @ Suncorp Stadium
It’s panic stations for the Brisbane Broncos, which are currently sitting in 14th position despite being one of the premiership favourites at the start of the season.
Another loss to the Canberra Raiders last week has seen them slip right down the power rankings, so a win is much-needed against the Sharks this week.
Cronulla were gutsy winners over the Panthers last week after being behind for most of the game and that should give this talented team plenty of confidence going forward.
Tough game to call and we could see someone from Broncos’ management take one for the team this week.
Betting tip: Sharks to win @ $2.15 Bet Now
Sharks by 2
2:00pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. Canberra Raiders @ Lottoland
The momentum of the Manly Sea Eagles stopped last week but it continued for the Raiders, which look like a genuine premiership contender.
Canberra were quality winners over the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium and they’re now into third position on the NRL premiership ladder.
It’s tough to go against a team like Manly, which has been playing well in the early stages of the season but the confidence of Canberra could be too much for them.
Betting tip: Raiders to win @ $1.95 Bet Now
Raiders by 6
4:05pm Newcastle Knights vs. Parramatta Eels @ McDonald Jones Stadium
The Knights had a good start to the season but the wheels have well and truly fallen off at the Shire.
A 38-14 loss to the Titans isn’t a good look for a team that has plenty of talent on paper. Mitchell Pearce isn’t playing well enough and he’s always quick to come under fire.
They couldn’t beat an injury-ravaged Titans team and we can’t see them beating the Eels, which are coming off a stunning 51-6 win over the Tigers.
It was one-way traffic for the Eels on Easter Monday and they are one of the best teams to watch when they’re clicking. Consistency does hurt them but expect a good outing again.
Great odds on offer for the Eels.
Betting tip: Eels to win @ $1.75 Bet Now
Eels by 10