We picked the Roosters to win the 2018 NRL Grand Final at $5 and they duly obliged in beating our next best bet Melbourne Storm at $6.
This year looks to be a similar prospect with both the Roosters and Storm heading the market, but could one of the other 14 teams provide a challenge?
The 2019 NRL season looks like it will provide plenty of excitement and we’re looking forward to the season starting in early March.
NRL premiership futures tips
BEST BET – South Sydney Rabbitohs @ $10 – BET NOW
This might be a contentious pick but we’re going with the value here. The South Sydney Rabbitohs might not have the best roster in the NRL but they are a good unit as a team and we think the $10 is great value.
With a good group of core players, the Rabbitohs have all the requirements for winning another premiership and with a loyal fan base at the ready, we think they could be in for a blinder this season.
They play tough and if they get off to a good start in 2019, their confidence should skyrocket. That will make them tough to beat and bookmakers will be forced to adjust their double-figure odds.
NEXT BEST – Melbourne Storm @ $7 – BET NOW
Many punters didn’t think the Storm would go well last season but they keep producing the goods and although some of their star players are getting older, they have a knack of producing young talent.
Having Cameron Smith sign for another two years is the best thing that could have happened for the Storm as his leadership is unparalleled in the NRL. Smith being at hooker this season is going to give the talented backs plenty of go-forward ball to use.
The Storm are currently $7 to win the premiership and $1.95 to make the top four, which looks like one of the better futures bets this season. We also like the look of the Storm to win the minor premiership at $6 as they’re a consistent team which doesn’t string losses together.
BEST VALUE – Manly Sea Eagles @ $24 – BET NOW
What a story this would be if the Manly Sea Eagles could lift themselves from the NRL doldrums and win the 2019 premiership. It’s something that doesn’t seem possible but there is some confidence with the market at $24.
Despite their off-field troubles over the past few seasons, Manly still has a team that could test a few of the big guns and we think they could go deep into the playoffs.
$24 to win but punters might get better value picking Manly to make the top 8 at $2.70.
2019 NRL leading points scorer tips
BEST BET – Jamayne Isaako, Brisbane Broncos @ $5 – BET NOW
Jamayne Isaako won the title last year after scoring 233 points for the Brisbane Broncos. He held off a challenge from Latrell Mitchell to win by five points.
Scoring 94 goals and 11 tries helped the talented player win the title and there’s no reason why he couldn’t back it up with another title this season.
He’s only going to get stronger as a player and considering he won the title as a rookie, having that year of experience will hold him in good stead.
BEST VALUE – Jarrod Croker, Canberra Raiders @ $6 – BET NOW
Jarrod Croker is always well-backed to win the title and rightfully so. He kicks for the Raiders and he only needs his team to score more tries than they did last year.
No Raiders player was in the top five try scorers last season and it hurt the chances of Croker winning the title – as did some niggling injuries throughout the season.
If he plays every game in 2019, we have no doubt that Jarrod Croker will go close to winning the points scorer title.
2019 Dally M Medal tips
BEST BET – Kalyn Ponga, Newcastle Knights @ $9 – BET NOW
There is no doubting the ambition for Kayln Ponga to become the NRL’s best player and he’s going to score plenty of votes this season.
The dynamic fullback and playmaker is one of the most exciting players in the league and given the team he’s playing on, it’s hard to see his fellow players getting the votes.
Obviously to maximise the points system it’s better if the Knights win a few games, but Ponga has the ability to put the team on his back.
He’s a Queensland representative who will be the fan favourite for many and the $9 on offer is rather generous from bookmakers.
NEXT BEST BET – Damien Cook, South Sydney Rabbitohs @ $13 – BET NOW
Cook had a massive season for the Rabbitohs last year and given that we think they’re going to win this season, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the hooker win the Dally M Medal.
He went close in 2018 and although he had a State of Origin series he’d like to forget (despite NSW winning), he’s a classy player and should go well again this season.
He needs to continue to run the ball from dummy half and if he can get the defence on the back foot, expect the speedy player to run his opposition ragged.
$13 is a fair price for Damien Cook.
NRL 2019 most losses tips
The most losses betting option is always a bit of fun and although it’s never easy watching teams suffer, making some money off their misery can be a little more enjoyable.
Teams in the firing line of winning the wooden spoon this season are the Canterbury Bulldogs, Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels. Interestingly, the Warriors are on the fourth line of betting despite making the finals last year and having the Dally M Medal winner.
We think the Gold Coast Titans are the best bet at $5.75 (BET NOW) because they have no history and no heart. They have some decent players in their squad but there’s no heart in the team and they look lost from top to bottom.