The 2023 NRL season is just around the corner and now is the best time to place your NRL futures’ bets.
Headlining NRL betting markets are the Penrith Panthers, who look to win another premiership and continue their legacy.
We look at the best premiership winner markets, top try scorer, and top points scorer. We also have a predicted NRL ladder and a preview for every team in the league.
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2023 NRL Season Predictions
2023 NRL Premiership Winner – Sydney Roosters
We correctly predicted the Penrith Panthers winning the last two years, but we’re jumping ship and taking the Sydney Roosters.
We liked what they showed last season, and punters get $6.50 when betting on a team with the likes of James Tedesco, Luke Keary, Victor Radley, and Joseph Manu.
They have a stack of power players and we are confident that they’ll at least make the semifinals, which is why the $6.50 is worth snapping up.
If they get off to a winning start, expect their odds to firm considerably to around $4.50 after a few weeks.
Bet: Sydney Roosters @ $6.50 – Bet @ betr
2023 NRL Premiership Winner Value Bet – North Queensland Cowboys
The value for the North Queensland Cowboys is excellent and we’re putting a sizable bet on them at $12.
They have a stacked team, and although they have underperformed at times since Jonathan Thurston retired, they showed last year that they’re building something special.
The additions of Reuben Cotter and Jeremiah Nanai have added excitement to the Cowboys, who are well-coached by Todd Payten.
Given their experience with Jason Taumalolo, Chad Townsend, and Valentine Holmes, punters are going to get a good sight from the Cowboys in 2023.
Bet: North Queensland Cowboys @ $12 – Bet @ betr
2023 NRL Premiership Long Shot – Brisbane Broncos
The Broncos are shorter in NRL premiership markets than they were last year, which means they’re on the improve.
Despite the club having some issues, their roster is stacked with top-quality players and they only need to gel well to make a playoff run.
With names like Patrick Carrigan, Selwyn Cobbo, Payne Haas, Adam Reynolds, and Kotoni Staggs, there is a lot going for the Queensland-based team.
Adding Reece Walsh to the roster adds some excitement at the fullback position and coach Kevin Walters has a lot to work with.
We’re happy to take the $18 for a team who has no reason not to finish in the top four, which pays $3.50 with Betr.
Bet: Brisbane Broncos @ $18 – Bet @ betr
2023 NRL Top Try Scorer – Alex Johnston
It’s the boring pick, but Alex Johnston is likely to win top try scorer again for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The 28-year-old owns 166 tries from 191 games with the Rabbitohs, and he comes off consecutive 30-try performances.
With 83 tries in the last three seasons, Johnston has been money for punters and he should finish off his fair share of tries in 2023.
Punters get $4.50 for the prolific scorer.
Bet: Alex Johnston @ $4.50 – Bet @ betr
2023 NRL Top Point Scorer – Valentine Holmes
We think the Cowboys are going to score a lot of points, which means Valentine Holmes will kick plenty of goals.
Not only does he kick goals, but he’s also a solid try-scoring threat. That makes him tough to beat in this market and the $4.20 is tough to pass up.
Bet: Valentine Holmes @ $4.20 – Bet @ betr
2023 NRL Team Previews
We have high hopes for the Broncos, who have an excellent core. There is more improvement with the Broncos than any other NRL team and that should have an impact on the field. Having Haas sign on again is ideal and we expect the likes of Cobbo and Staggs to provide the excitement in scoring many tries.
Not much changes year-to-year for the Raiders, which is why we think they will struggle. They don’t have any exciting signings and we have seen the likes of Nick Cotric, Jordan Rapana, and Jack Wighton in action for years. They’ll be around the back end of the top eight, but punters shouldn’t get their hopes up.
The Bulldogs avoided the wooden spoon last season but not by much. They should improve on that position, but we would be surprised if they made the playoffs. Having Phil Gould as a manager helps, but their only strike player is Josh Addo-Carr and he’s not enough to see their losing culture turn around. Betr has their season wins total at 11.5, which could be too high.
The Sharks have a way of always being around the mark and we expect something similar in 2023. Nicho Hynes, fresh up a Dally M Medal win, returns at halfback and he should thrive with the likes of Matt Moylan and Sione Katoa on his outside. Top four aspirations are there for the Sharks, who are $13 to win the premiership.
Gold Coast Titans:
Signing Kieran Foran could be the best thing for the Titans, who have struggled with consistency since arriving in the NRL. With AJ Brimson, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, and David Fafita in the team, there aren’t too many excuses. However, outside of their stars, there isn’t much depth. They are $46 to win the premiership and that’s about right.
Manly Sea Eagles:
There has been specking for the Sea Eagles to win at $18. They have had their off-field troubles, but arriving coach Anthony Seibold could make a difference. Daly Cherry-Evans runs the ship but we think making the top eight would be a success.
When are the Storm not a chance to win the NRL premiership? They’re on the third line of betting and ruling them out would be a mistake. Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes are one of the better halves combinations in the league and Ryan Papenhuyzen brings the excitement at fullback. We bet the Storm will be in the top five.
Expected to be near the bottom of the table with the Dolphins, it’s going to be another long year for the Knights. They don’t have much to get excited about and that could be clear in the early rounds of the competition. We love Kayln Ponga, but one man can’t save a team.
New Zealand Warriors:
“It’s our year” – is what they always say, but unfortunately for Warriors’ fans, 2023 is not your year. There are no signings to get excited about and they have lost some of their better players. A top eight position would be a big year, but missing the playoffs seems highly likely.
North Queensland Cowboys:
Expectations couldn’t be higher for the Cowboys, who look well-placed to make a title run. They have quality players on the roster and we saw what they could do last year. Improvement is expected on that and there is value in Betr betting markets for everything involving the Cowboys.
Knowing what the Eels are going to produce is a tough ask. They typically start well before burning out late and we predict something similar in 2023. Trusting the Eels is tough and we can’t entertain the $14 for them to win the premiership. That’s too short for our liking.
The Panthers seek three consecutive titles and that rarely happens. We don’t rate them as highly this season, but they should still be comfortably in the top four. Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai control the game, which frees up the outside backs to score. Expectations are high and the dynasty could continue.
The season win total for the Dolphins is 5.5 wins, which is incredibly low for their debut season. Despite Wayne Bennett coaching, they are expected to win the wooden spoon. Notable signings are Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, Jamayne Isaako, and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, but it’s not an easy situation to win and it could take some years to shine.
South Sydney Rabbitohs:
Not much has changed for the Rabbitohs but they are always tough to beat come playoff time. Cameron Murray, Damien Cook, Campbell Graham, and Alex Johnston all have great finals experience, which could count for plenty. Ruling them out would be a mistake and they could fill a top five position.
St. George/Illawarra Dragons:
There isn’t much market confidence with the Dragons and we agree. It could be another long season and we see no reason why they would improve. They have some quality players, namely Ben Hunt and Jack Bird, but there isn’t enough depth to worry some of the better NRL teams.
Punters should expect a big year for the Roosters, who are one of the more dynamic NRL teams. Given their big-game experience, they should make another deep run and they’re being respected in betting markets on the second line. They have a knack of picking up injuries, but if they remain healthy, it’s their premiership for the taking.
Not seeing the Tigers on the bottom of the betting board is surprising. They never attract betting support, so the $46 odds are surprising. We expect the Tigers to be keeping the Dolphins and Knights company at the bottom of the NRL ladder.
2023 NRL Ladder Prediction
We have evaluated the chances of all 17 teams and made our NRL ladder prediction.
- Sydney Roosters
- North Queensland Cowboys
- Penrith Panthers
- Melbourne Storm
- Brisbane Broncos
- South Sydney Rabbitohs
- Cronulla Sharks
- Manly Sea Eagles
- Parramatta Eels
- Canberra Raiders
- New Zealand Warriors
- St George Dragons
- Canterbury Bulldogs
- Gold Coast Titans
- Wests Tigers
- Newcastle Knights
- Redcliffe Dolphins
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