It’s a special round in the NRL this week as punters have two ANZAC Day games to start things off.
The Dragons and Roosters start proceedings, followed by the always-entertaining Storm vs. Warriors.
There is great action across all four days this week and we have free tips and form for every NRL Round 8 contest.
4:10pm St George Dragons vs. Sydney Roosters @ Allianz Stadium
The Dragons maintained their spot at the top of the NRL ladder last week despite losing to the New Zealand Warriors.
It wasn’t a very polished performance from the Dragons, which had a great record previously against the Warriors, who were down two vital players, but they will be looking to get back on track against the Roosters.
The Roosters scored a 6-0 win over the Bulldogs last week and it wasn’t good to watch. There was no flow and it was mistake-ridden football.
We’re expecting the Dragons to rise for the occasion and score a big win.
Betting tip: Dragons to win @ $1.81 (BET NOW)
Dragons by 8
7:00pm Melbourne Storm vs. New Zealand Warriors @ AAMI Park
This is always a great game and both teams are in good form coming into this.
The Warriors have lost only one game to the Broncos and they defeated the table-topping Dragons with style last week.
Melbourne comes into this game after an indifferent season but they were slick when winning last week and they will get up for this ANZAC Day clash.
A confidence Storm team is hard to overlook but the same goes for the Warriors, but the Warriors are still missing Shaun Johnson and they will catch up to them sooner or later.
Betting tip: Storm to win @ $1.51 (BET NOW)
Storm by 6
7:50pm South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Brisbane Broncos @ ANZ Stadium
Not many punters predicted this resurgence from the Rabbitohs, which looked average to start the season.
A big win came over Canberra last week and although the Raiders aren’t the best team in the competition at the moment, the Rabbitohs ability to score points was impressive.
The Broncos weren’t able to build on momentum after beating the Warriors in Round 6 but facing the Storm is never an easy task for the Brisbane side.
They will be much better suited playing against the Rabbitohs but confidence is a big factor at the moment and the Broncos appear to be just tredding water on this aspect.
Betting tip: Rabbitohs to win @ $1.60 (BET NOW)
Rabbitohs by 4
6:00pm Manly Sea Eagles vs. Newcastle Knights @ Lottoland
Can it get much worse for the Sea Eagles? Which have been on the bad end of two consecutive poor losses.
With the coach and team not seeing eye-to-eye on some issues, it’s only a matter of time before the club explodes and Newcastle could rub salt into the wound on Friday night.
That being said, the Knights will be without star half Mitchell Pearce for the foreseeable future and that’s going to dent their chances.
They do have Brock Lamb who has the odd good game in him, but he’s not at NRL level and that could be exposed by Manly.
Bookmakers have Manly as the $1.60 favourites and we simply can’t take those odds.
Knights represent value over.
Betting tip: Knights to win @ $2.40 (BET NOW)
Knights by 10
7:55pm Penrith Panthers vs. Canterbury Bulldogs @ Panthers Stadium
The Panthers might have been beaten against the Sharks last week but they fought gamely till the finish and they will take confidence from that.
With Nathan Cleary still sitting on the sidelines, Jimmy Maloney has put the side on his back and is leading with authority.
The superstar premiership winner knows how to control the game and his kicking game is one of the best in the NRL.
Canterbury are having a tough time scoring points, which was evident when scoring nil last week and this doesn’t look like a good match-up for the Bulldogs.
Betting tip: Panthers -6 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Panthers by 12
5:30pm Gold Coast Titans vs. Cronulla Sharks @ Cbus Super Stadium
The Sharks scored a much-needed win over the Panthers last week but it came at a toll.
Injuries have ravaged this team, which could be without Luke Lewis again this week, and that’s going to make life tough for the visitors.
The Titans haven’t exactly been a model of consistency this season and punters never really know what they’re going to get, but they are getting good odds this week at home underdogs have been winning throughout the year.
Betting tip: Titans to win @ 2.15 (BET NOW)
Titans by 4
7:35pm North Queensland Cowboys vs. Canberra Raiders @ 1300SMILES Stadium
Coming off a desperate and much-needed win over the Titans, the Cowboys look to score rare consecutive victories this season.
It has been a dismal season for the one-time premiership favourites, which currently languish in 15th spot on the table.
The Raiders sit 12th and they couldn’t have played much worse throughout the season, which included a dismal loss to the Souths last week.
This should be a walk in the park for the Cowboys, especially against a team which has never travelled very well.
Betting tip: Cowboys –7.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Cowboys by 14
4:10pm Parramatta Eels vs. Wests Tigers @ ANZ Stadium
The Tigers let a win slip through their fingers against Newcastle last week but will be hoping to bounce back.
Facing the Eels would have been a positive throughout this season and it still should be, but they’re coming off an impressive win over Manly and the confidence should have risen.
We can’t look past the results from the rest of the season, however, and they don’t look good for the Eels.
Some injury concerns are also a factor this week and there is good value with the Tigers at the odds.
Betting tip: Tigers to win @ $1.78 (BET NOW)
Tigers by 10