We can’t wait for the NRL season to start and now is the best time to place your NRL futures bets.
All 16 teams enter with a realistic chance of winning and that’s what makes the NRL such a captivating competition.
We look at the best betting markets for value punters, including 2020 NRL Premiership winner, Top Try Scorer, and other exotic bets.
2020 NRL Premiership Season Preview
2020 NRL Premiership futures tips
Best Bet – North Queensland Cowboys @ $21 – Bet Now
We know what you’re thinking; the Cowboys were awful last year. That is true, but they’re due for a big season and we think they have what it takes.
The loss of Jonathan Thurston took its toll last season but they have pieces that could help them win a premiership. Jason Taumalolo is the biggest name at the Cowboys and he’s ready to take a leadership role.
They also welcome flying winger Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, who set the NRL Nines alight with his electric pace. He could be the fastest player in the NRL and he gives the Cowboys’ backline some much-needed excitement.
If taking the Cowboys to win at $21 is too much of a risk, they’re paying $2 to make the top 8 and that’s great value.
Next Best – Melbourne Storm @ $6.50 – Bet Now
Since when is betting on the Melbourne Storm never a good decision? They have been a great team for punters since their inception into the NRL.
Some of their players are getting older, such as Cameron Smith, but his experience is second-to-none. He’s a key reason why the Storm are always so tough to beat when it comes to finals football.
The Storm have plenty of talented players on their roster and having Coach Bellamy riding you all season makes the Storm players play hard.
$6.50 is a fair price from bookmakers and they are $5.50 to win the minor premiership, which is well within their reach.
Best Value – New Zealand Warriors Top 8 @ $3.30 – Bet Now
Want a rollercoaster ride this season? Back the New Zealand Warriors and that’s exactly what you’ll get. However, the odds for the Warriors to finish in the Top 8 is too good to pass up.
Sure, the Warriors are an enigmatic team, but they’re also one of the most talented on their day. They will lose when they’re supposed to win, and win when they’re supposed to lose. It’s all part and parcel of following the Warriors.
Having arguably the best fullback will help their cause. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck continues to live up to expectations and with a few new players on the roster, they have every chance of making the playoffs.
2020 NRL Top Try Scorer tips
Best Bet – Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, North Queensland Cowboys @ $51 – Bet Now
We have already professed our love for this supremely talented winger and he could make a huge impact on the NRL.
It’s never easy for a rookie to come into the NRL and have an immediate impact, but he’s just so quick that it’s hard not to root for him.
Tabuai-Fidow made opposing wingers look silly at the Nines. He went around players like it was nothing, so expect to see plenty of ball coming his way from the Cowboys’ halves.
The Cowboys are a team that like to get the ball to their wingers, which is going to help his cause. The $51 is incredible value.
Best Value – Maika Sivo, Parramatta Eels @ $9 – Bet Now
Coming off a 22-try season, Maika Sivo has been heavily-backed to win the title this year. The Eels winger has created plenty of highlights throughout his one-year career to date.
Known for his big fend and having the ability to run over players, Sivo is a valuable player to the Eels’ premiership chances this season. He owns plenty of pace and we’re not surprised to see bookmakers trim his odds.
He deserves to be favourite and he should produce another 20+ season.
Best Roughie – Suliasi Vunivalu, Melbourne Storm @ $23 – Bet Now
We’re not sure why the former Dally M Medal Try Scorer of the Year is paying $23, but we’ll take the value offered.
The Storm winger knows how to score tries and he’s in a team that relies heavily on their outside backs to create try-scoring opportunities.
We thought he would be paying around $12 to win this season, so we will take the $23 as a saver bet and run.
NRL 2020 Most Losses tips
There are a handful of teams that could potentially win the wooden spoon this season, but we’re going with the Gold Coast Titans ($3.40 @ BetEasy).
They have proven to be the worst NRL team over the last couple of years and there seems to be no direction on and off the field. It all starts with management, which has been poor, and it’s reflected in their on-field performances.
We’re expecting the Gold Coast Titans to endure another long season, which is why they’re the current $3.40 favourites.
Top Queensland Team
We have spotted some value in this market and you guessed it, we’re going with the North Queensland Cowboys.
Here is the current market:
- Brisbane Broncos – $2.02
- North Queensland Cowboys – $2.25 @ BetEasy – Bet Now
- Gold Coast Titans – $5.75
We have already written off the Titans, so the only team the Cowboys need to beat are the Broncos.
It should be a close race but we believe the Cowboys have the most promise of all three Queensland teams.
They only need to beat two other teams and you’re getting better than even money.