2021 NRL Round 7 Preview

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Three top eight blockbusters make up another mouth-watering round of NRL action.

Friday night kicks off with a bang between the Titans and the Rabbitohs, followed by another game between the Eels and the Broncos from Darwin.

The traditional Anzac Day clash between the Roosters and Dragons returns to the fixture with both sides looking to rebound from respective losses, while we’ve also got an intriguing battle between the Storm and the Warriors from Melbourne to close things out.

With four teams vying for a spot in the eight, we’re really beginning to enter the nitty gritty part of the season.

For our best bets ahead of each and every game, check out our NRL Round 7 Preview below!

Penrith Panthers Vs Newcastle Knights

Thursday April 22, 7:50pm, Penrith Stadium

The Panthers and Knights were unable to be separated when they met last May in Campbelltown, and there’s a good chance Thursday’s game turns out almost as close.

Still undefeated, the Panthers head into Round 7 as the heavy favourites after coming from 12 points down to defeat the Broncos last week.

Although the Panthers’ second-half response was impressive, there’s no doubt Ivan Cleary’s side will need to turn up at the opening whistle against this dangerous Knights team.

Newcastle kept its top eight hopes alive last week with a rousing last-second win over the Sharks – a performance the Knights can certainly build upon as they begin to add some troops back into the fold.

Hymel Hunt looks set to miss this clash after suffering a hamstring last week, but after Kalyn Ponga’s heroics against Cronulla, there’s certainly a chance the Knights give this a shake.

In the last two weeks we’ve seen the Panthers fall behind early against the Raiders and Broncos, only to come storming home in the second half.

If the Knights can get their share of the ball early and also limit the mistakes, they are a much better chance of at least keeping this game close than the line suggests.

Tip: Back the Knights to Cover the Line (+17.5 Points) @ $2.00

Gold Coast Titans Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Friday April 23, 6:00pm, CBUS Super Stadium

The Rabbitohs are shooting for six straight on Friday night when they take to the Gold Coast to face the Titans.

South Sydney has enjoyed a comfortable three weeks with games against the lowly Bulldogs, Broncos and Tigers, but this does shape as a much tougher task against a Titans side looking to bounce-back from last week’s disappointment against Manly.

After pounding the Knights a week earlier, it was all one-way traffic in Mudgee as Manly cruised to a comfortable 36-0 victory from the nine minute mark.

The Titans could be granted some reprieve this week with Anthony Don and Phillip Sami both a chance at playing, but their recent track record against the Bunnies still makes for tough reading.

Gold Coast has lost four straight to South Sydney dating back to 2017, with the most recent meeting resulting in a 20-point blowout.

That said, all of the above could bring added to motivation to the Titans’ locker room this week.

The Titans have played to a very strong 9-3 record on the back of a loss this year, a number they can certainly add to with home-field advantage and a couple of key players potentially returning.

Tip: Back the Titans to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $2.00

Parramatta Eels Vs Brisbane Broncos

Friday April 23, 7:55pm, TIO Stadium

The Eels and the Broncos will meet in Darwin on Friday night following a thrilling opening round encounter to begin the season.

Parramatta overcame a large first-half deficit to win by eight, a performance Brad Arthur will be hoping his side can learn from as the Eels look to further cement their spot in the top four.

Similar to Round 1, Brisbane put a first half scare into the Panthers last week before failing to score a single point in the final 40 minutes.

There have been some strong signs of improvement under new coach Kevin Walters, but the fact Brisbane hasn’t won a game on the road since Round 1 last year is obviously a huge sign for concern.

On the injury front, the Broncos could potentially see Jesse Arthars and Herbie Farnworth back into the side, while the Eels will also welcome back three of their key playmakers in Ryan Matterson, Dylan Brown and Waqa Blake.

The Eels have struggled to string together two consistent halves dating back to last season, but it’s very difficult to get on board with a Broncos upset based on Brisbane’s own struggles in the second half.

Having lost each of their last five road games by double digits, this shapes up as another tough week for the Baby Broncs.

Tip: Back the Eels to Cover the Line (-14 Points) @ $2.00

Cronulla Sharks Vs Canterbury Bulldogs

Saturday April 24, 5:30pm, Nestrata Jubilee Stadium

The Sharks will be hungry to get back to business this week after suffering a second heartbreaking loss against the Knights in Newcastle.

Despite giving up a last-second try to Kalyn Ponga, there was a lot to like about Cronulla’s gutsy performance in the second half after trailing by two tries heading into the sheds.

Canterbury, meanwhile, is still searching for its first win of the season after losing by 12 to the Cowboys last week in Townsville.

On the plus side, the Dogs seem to have figured out their attack after failing to score a single point in three consecutive matches, but this is still a very difficult assignment going up against a Sharks side that has won each of its last three games against Canterbury as the home favourite.

Given the Dogs are losing by an average margin of 25 points, the Sharks at the line is seemingly one of the safest bets of the round.

Tip: Back the Sharks to Cover the Line (-14.5) @ $1.90

North Queensland Cowboys Vs Canberra Raiders

Saturday April 24, 7:35pm, Queensland Country Bank Stadium

The Raiders have fallen out of the eight following back-to-back losses to the Panthers and Eels and it is fair to say Saturday’s trip to Townsville is far from a given.

Remaining at home for the second week in a row, the Cowboys will be looking to build on the momentum of last week’s big win over the Bulldogs as they now shoot for three in a row.

While Jason Taumalolo still looks a week or two away from returning, Todd Payten can rest a little easier knowing the Raiders head to North Queensland with their own growing list of injury concerns.

Fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad suffered a neck injury last week in the loss to Paramatta, while Bailey Simonsson is set to miss Round 7 after failing his HIA.

The loss of both players couldn’t have come at a worse time for head coach Ricky Stuart with his side suddenly struggling to score points.

Canberra has combined for only 20 points over the last fortnight – a worrying sign with the Raiders also struggling on the defensive end, particularly during the second half.

With all that in mind, the Cowboys do look an enticing bet as the underdog at the line to at least keep things tight.

Tip: Back the Cowboys to Cover the Line (+11.5 Points) @ $1.90

Wests Tigers Vs Manly Sea Eagles

Sunday April 25, 1:45pm, Bankwest Stadium

An intriguing battle awaits at Bankwest on Sunday as Manly looks to keep the ball rolling against the Tigers.

As expected, the inclusion of Tom Trbojevic made a world of difference last week in the 36-0 drubbing over the Titans, although the Sea Eagles will have to wait a little longer for Dylan Walker and Jack Gosiewski to return to the fold.

Although they’ve lost three straight since their memorable win in Newcastle a month ago, the Tigers have still managed to string together a decent patch of footy, losing by four to the Cowboys a fortnight ago prior to last week’s agonising overtime loss to Souths.

To add further spice to this game, the Tigers also won a thriller over Manly when these two sides met back in September.

Playing at Bankwest could help Wests’ cause this week, but it really feels as though the Sea Eagles have received a shot in the arm with Trbojevic back on the field.

Aside from the score, Manly did a fantastic job of controlling possession in the second half last week against the Titans, while they also did well to force 14 errors.

Manly should win this, but overall, this is still a game between two sides that rank Top 5 in points allowed.

With the last two contests going Over the Total, it’s worth backing a similar result.

Tip: Over 43.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Sydney Roosters Vs St George-Illawarra Dragons

Sunday April 25, 4:05pm, SCG

The traditional Anzac Day clash is back on the calendar and there is no shortage of storylines worth focusing on.

Aside from the fact both the Roosters and St George are looking to bounce-back from respective losses, this is also a critical game between fifth and sixth on the ladder.

The Roosters have done well to hang on the fringe of the top four despite a slew of recent injuries, but it was clear last week that the tri-colours were missing their usual knockout punch in the 20-4 loss to the Storm.

The Dragons, meanwhile, received a reality check as their four-game winning streak was snapped at the hands of the Warriors.

Recent history tells us that the Roosters have enjoyed the better part of this matchup over the last three years, but their long list of outs does leave the Dragons looking great value at the current $2.35 quote.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has joined Boyd Cordner and Luke Keary on the sidelines with a shoulder injury – a worrying sign for Trent Robinson after his side missed a boatload of tackles last week in the loss to Melbourne.

The jury might still be out on the Dragons, but with a 6-2 record as the away underdog at the line over the last 12 months – and a chance to snap their five-game losing streak against the Roosters – the Saints look a good bet.

Tip: Back the Dragons to Cover the Line (+4 Points) @ $1.90

Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors

Sunday April 25, 6:15pm, AAMI Park

It’s safe to say the Storm hold the wood over the Warriors as they shoot for 10 wins in a row over New Zealand on Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne remains at home for another week after dismantling the Roosters last week, although this does set up as a potential trap game for punters after the Warriors took care of the Dragons at Jubilee.

New Zealand has plenty to feel confident about after snapping St George’s winning streak, but like always, it’s difficult to trust the Warriors making it two in a row.

Peta Hiku has joined the likes of Addin Fonua-Blake and Euan Aitken on the sidelines after suffering a shoulder injury last week, while there’s also concern for Adam Pompey’s ankle.

The Storm, on the other hand, are one of the healthiest sides in the competition and it’s very difficult to see them losing this game based on how easily they’ve come across points over the last few weeks.

After defeating the Warriors 50-6 when they last met, thanks in large part to a Ryan Papenhuyzen double, the Storm look a safe bet to add to their outstanding 5-1 record at the line this year.

Tip: Back the Storm to Cover the Line (-16.5 Points) @ $1.90

2020

Round 7 of the NRL kicks off on Thursday night and we are once again offering $2.00 lines on all eight games!

Two top eight battles headline the slate, setting up another unpredictable week as the ladder starts to take shape.

Like we do every week, we’ve analysed all the numbers and trends and offer our best bets in our 2020 NRL Round 7 Preview below!

Penrith Panthers Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Thursday June 25, 7:50pm, Nestrata Jubilee Stadium

The Rabbitohs can make it three in a row on Thursday night, but they’ll have to dig deep against a relentless Penrith side eyeing the top spot on the ladder.

South Sydney has turned its form around in the last two weeks with a pair of blowout wins over the Titans and Warriors.

Following a heartbreaking loss to the Eels in Round 5, the Panthers were big winners themselves last week in a 21-14 victory over the Storm, setting up another riveting top eight battle.

It’s worth noting this game was originally scheduled to be played in Campbelltown, but concerns around the surface has seen it moved to Jubilee Oval.

Whether or not that favours either side remains to be seen, but on the injury front, both teams remain unchanged with only James Roberts replacing fill-in centre Tom Amone on the Rabbitohs’ bench.

We should learn a lot about these two sides on Thursday night, but the Bunnies do appeal at the current quote.

Souths have won eight of their last 12 against Penrith and have also looked a different team since Cody Walker returned.

Latrell Mitchell, who has been the subject of conversation all week, is only improving with more game time at fullback, so with the $2.00 line matching the same value as we’d be getting head-to-head, it’s worth taking the +2.5 insurance.

Tip: Back the Rabbitohs to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $2.00

Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors

Friday June 26, 6:00pm, Nestrata Jubilee Stadium

Melbourne are short-priced favourites on Friday night as they look to put last week’s uncharacteristic loss to the Panthers behind them.

The Storm found themselves on the back foot for most of the night with a lack of possession and an abundance of errors getting in the way. Likewise, the Warriors put in a similar effort against the Rabbitohs, one they’d probably like to have back following an impressive performance against the Cowboys a week earlier.

We’ve said it time and time before, but the Storm almost never lose two games in a row.

On the back of a loss to the Raiders in Round 3, Melbourne went on to hand South Sydney a 22-8 defeat the very next week – a story that could unfold again at Jubilee on Friday.

Again, it is worth noting this game was originally scheduled to be played at AAMI Park, but it’s doubtful a minor change to the venue will affect an experienced side like the Storm.

Melbourne are winners of their last eight games against the Warriors, and with Josh Addo-Carr returning to the side, they should make it nine quite comfortably.

Tip: Back the Storm to Cover the Line (-14.5 Points) @ $2.00

Sydney Roosters Vs St George-Illawarra Dragons

Friday June 26, 7:55pm, Bankwest Stadium

The Roosters are looking to make it five in a row on Saturday after confirming what we already knew last week in their win over Parramatta.

Just when it looked as though the Eels might have them beat, the Chooks took it up a gear to remind everyone why they are still the team to beat.

While a win here would certainly shock, the Dragons are also shooting for three in a row following a pair of comfortable wins over the Sharks and Titans.

Obviously, this is a much tougher class of opponent though – one the Dragons have historically struggled against in recent memory.

The Roosters have won three straight over St George dating back to 2018, two of which have come by 13 points or more.

Things only look worse for the Dragons when you factor in James Graham’s departure back to the Super League and Jordan Pereira’s suspension.

As for Sydney, James Tedesco has been named to play despite last week’s vicious concussion, while the addition of Lindsay Collins is also a big plus.

All in all, Roosters by plenty.

Tip: Roosters to Win & Under 42.5 Total Points @ $2.05

North Queensland Cowboys Vs Newcastle Knights

Saturday June 27, 3:00pm, Queensland Country Bank Stadium

A win this week for the Knights is crucial if they hope to keep the pressure on the first-place Eels.

Newcastle comes in well-rested following last week’s Thursday night win over the Broncos, and they should feel pretty good about their chances after pummelling the Cowboys 42-6 last year in Round 22.

The Knights should also fancy themselves based on how poorly the Cowboys played last week against the Tigers.

North Queensland allowed six unanswered first-half tries in the 36-20 loss, but if you’re searching for positive signs, it was nice to see the Cowboys respond in the final 40-minutes following Paul Green’s lecture.

Also on the plus side is Jake Granville and Jordan McLean returning to the side, which should help enormously considering the long list of injuries the Cowboys have had to deal with.

Newcastle will go without try-scoring machine Bradman Best, who serves a suspension for breaking the COVID-19 regulations – a big out for a team that has struggled to come up with points from time to time.

This is also the first time the Cowboys have opened as the home underdog against the Knights, so there’s certainly a few reasons to believe North Queensland can keep this close.

Tip: Back the Cowboys to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $2.00

Brisbane Broncos Vs Gold Coast Titans

Saturday June 27, 5:30pm, Suncorp Stadium

Four losses on the trot leaves the Broncos fighting for life at the bottom of the ladder as they prepare to face a Gold Coast side equally desperate to avoid the wooden spoon.

There’s been no shortage of criticism over the last fortnight when it comes to the state of Queensland rugby league and it’s safe to say both teams will be looking to prove their doubters wrong.

The Broncos have been embarrassed on the primetime stage since the season restarted, so maybe a return to the Saturday time slot will actually help their cause after being torn apart by the Knights last Thursday.

Jamayne Isaako has been named to the bench this week for the Broncos, while the Titans have made a few changes to the bench themselves.

Out of the eight games on offer this weekend, this is by far one of the toughest to tip, but considering four of Brisbane’s last five wins over the Titans have come by 13 or more points, this could just be the game that gets the Broncos back on track.

Tip: Back the Broncos 13+ @ $2.50

Parramatta Eels Vs Canberra Raiders

Saturday June 27, 7:35pm, Bankwest Stadium

This is the second of the two top eight battles on offer with both the Eels and the Raiders looking to bounce-back from previous defeats.

Parramatta can hold their heads high after taking the Roosters to the brink last week, a performance that taught us plenty about the merit of the Eels moving forward.

As for the Raiders, the glass has looked a little half-empty ever since their brilliant win over the Storm back in Round 3.

After failing to show up against the Knights a week later, the Raiders turned in a sloppy first-half performance against the Tigers, before going down to Manly in quiet fashion last week 14-6.

The Green Machine are obviously capable of much more, but as the odds suggest, it’s very difficult to see them pulling this game out against an Eels side that only continues to improve.

If there has been one constant about Canberra though, it’s been the Under.

The Total has gone Under in their last 13 games, and after the Parramatta’s surprisingly low-scoring affair against the Roosters last week, we could be headed that way once again.

Tip: Under 34.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Manly Sea Eagles Vs Cronulla Sharks

Sunday June 28, 4:05pm, Central Coast Stadium

Manly won the battle last week against the Raiders, but they may have lost the war in the process.

The Sea Eagles could be without star playmaker Tom Trbojevic for as many as eight weeks following a hamstring injury – a frustrating result for a club that suffered setback after setback towards the end of last season.

To their credit, coach Des Hasler did a great job rallying the troops while the chips were down, so a spirited performance against the Sharks wouldn’t come as a surprise on Sunday.

Cronulla had their hands full last week with the Bulldogs in what turned out to be a thriller, but a hat-trick from Sione Katoa was enough to see the Sharks over the line for their second win of the season.

It’s always a big occasion when these two rivals meet in the “Battle of the Beaches”, but it’s still hard to go past Manly here, even if the price is a little short.

The Sea Eagles have won four straight over Cronulla dating back to 2017, and even with Trbojevic and Dylan Walker on the sidelines, they still have plenty of depth to rely on against a hit and miss Sharks side.

Tip: Back Manly to Win @ $1.60

Canterbury Bulldogs Vs Wests Tigers

Sunday June 28, 6:30pm, Bankwest Stadium

A win on Sunday for the Tigers could see them back into the top eight following last week’s brilliant performance against the Cowboys.

Despite a sloppy second half, Wests piled on six unanswered tries in the blowout victory, but the question remains: can we trust them going forward?

The Bulldogs have held the wood over the Tigers recently with three straight wins dating back to 2018, and they look good value to add a fourth with Robert Jennings listed as our for Wests.

Last year only two points separated these two sides when they met in Round 21, so with a +5.5 line to play with at time of publish, it’s worth taking the Dogs to keep this one tight.

Tip: Back the Bulldogs to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $2.00


2019

With just two days between Round’s 6 and 7, footy is back on Thursday with an action-packed Anzac Day doubleheader.

This week it’s all about the Roosters and the Dragons in the traditional Anzac Day Cup match, while there’s also two huge Friday night and Saturday night games to choose from. With four teams vying for the outright spot atop the ladder, a win this weekend could go a long way to ensuring a spot in the finals.

Backing winners continues to prove tough, but we’re confident we’ve found plenty in this week’s 2019 NRL Round 7 Preview. Be sure to read on below.

Sydney Roosters Vs St George-Illawarra Dragons

Thursday April 25, 4:00pm, SCG

A thrilling golden point victory over the Storm last week sees the Roosters as the favourites to win their second straight Anzac Day Cup.

Sydney was arguably the poorer side last week in Melbourne, struggling for possession and committing plenty of errors defensively. Somehow though, Trent Robinson’s side managed to squeak out the narrow win largely thanks to the play of Latrell Mitchell.

The Dragons are also feeling confident following their 12-10 victory over Manly in Wollongong last week. St. George found themselves on the back foot with under 10 minutes to play, but a crafty, and fortunate, Mikale Ravalawa try earned the Dragons their fourth straight win.

Last year’s Anzac Day Cup clash was a bit of a non-event as the Roosters failed to show up. The Dragons got to work early scoring in the opening minute, storming home to win 24-8.

This time around, it’s safe to expect a bit of a nail-biter. The Roosters lead the competition in points, tries and goals, while the Dragons rank second in set completion and first in kicking metres.

Considering the Roosters are at such a short price, the Points market might be the play this week. These two have combined for 30-points or more in four of their last five meetings, and considering Sydney’s last two home games have gone Over, this looks safe.

Tip: Back Over 38.5 Total Points @ $1.88

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Melbourne Storm Vs New Zealand Warriors

Thursday April 25, 7:50pm, AAMI Park

Melbourne were left with a sour taste in their mouth after losing to the Roosters in golden point last week. By all accounts, the Storm didn’t do a whole lot wrong, especially on the stat sheet where they dominated possession for most of the game.

The Warriors have a lot more to be worried about after losing to the Cowboys at home. New Zealand struggled to find any sort of tempo on attack during the second half, which placed enormous strain on the defence to eventually allow Justin O’Neill to score North Queensland’s game-winning try.

With the Storm now preparing to host their second straight game at home, it’s no surprise to learn Melbourne are the heavy favourites on Anzac Day. Melbourne have won six straight over the Warriors dating back to 2016, while the last time New Zealand won in Melbourne came two years prior.

Since the Warriors are yet to win on the road this year, there’s no way you can back an upset this week. The Storm are 9-3 as the home favourite over the last 12 months and 6-4 as the line favourite against the Warriors. This shapes up to be the perfect bounce-back game for Craig Bellamy’s side.

Tip: Back the Storm to Cover the Line (-12.5 Points) @ $1.90

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Canterbury Bulldogs Vs North Queensland Cowboys

Friday April 26, 6:00pm, ANZ Stadium

Three straight losses see Canterbury on the bottom of the ladder, but Dean Pay’s side will fancy themselves this week against an understrength Cowboys side.

North Queensland earned their second win of the season over the Warriors in Auckland last week, an impressive result considering how poorly the defence played. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, fell apart in a 12-6 loss to the Rabbitohs, although the defence certainly stood tall in the second half.

It’s tough to get a feel for this game, and it does look as though the Cowboys are a little over the odds at this price. North Queensland have won four of their last five meetings against the Warriors and are also 9-7 as the line underdog over the last 12 months.

For Canterbury, they need to find a way to make the Cowboys pay for their sloppy defence. Unfortunately, Canterbury’s offence has managed only two tries over their last two games, which makes the Cowboys a nice play at the line.

Tip: Back the Cowboys to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.85

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Penrith Panthers Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Friday April 26, 7:55pm, Panthers Stadium

Are we in for a Friday night thriller between these two? Four of the last five meetings between the Panthers and Rabbitohs have been decided by four points or less, and given the importance of this game for Penrith, you can expect Ivan Cleary’s side to be up for the test at home.

The Rabbitohs also have a lot to play for tied on points with the Raiders, Roosters and Storm. Despite the scoresheet, South Sydney dominated the Bulldogs last week, controlling possession and completing over 80% of their sets.

South Sydney are backable at this price, and their 5-1 record as the favourite against the Panthers instils plenty of confidence. Considering the Rabbitohs lead the league in possession percentage and running metres, they should have no trouble pulling apart the Panthers, who lead the league in missed tackles.

Tip: Back the Rabbitohs to Win @ $1.70

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Wests Tigers Vs Gold Coast Titans

Saturday April 27, 5:30pm, Scully Park Tamworth

These two sides found themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum last week. The Titans annihilated the Knights at home to earn their second win of the season, while the Tigers were on the opposite end of a blowout losing 51-6 against the Eels.

After a rough start to the season, it certainly feels as though we’ve underestimated the Titans. Gold Coast were brilliant in all areas, but their kicking game was by far the standout as they pinned the Knights deep inside their own territory.

As for the Tigers, the wheels fell completely off on Easter Monday. It’s not the first time Wests have failed to show up this season, and with a complete lack of effort on both sides of the ball, trusting the Tigers week to week looks to be a tough ask.

Gold Coast are yet to win on the road this year, but the Titans are 3-0 as the line underdog on the road against the Tigers. If the forward line can apply the pressure early, Gold Coast should be up for the fight.

Tip: Back the Titans to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.90

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Brisbane Broncos Vs Cronulla Sharks

Saturday April 27, 7:35pm, Suncorp Stadium

If it’s anything like last year’s Broncos-Sharks meeting at Suncorp, we should be in for a close one on Saturday night.

The Broncos held on for a narrow 12-10 win during Round 20 last year, earning Brisbane their fourth straight win over Cronulla. Good luck finding any confidence in the Broncos right now though, as last week’s defeat to the Raiders in Canberra highlighted just how poor this side is defensively.

Speaking of defence, the Sharks shut down the Panthers last week to earn a gutsy 24-20 victory at home. For the first time this season it was Cronulla’s attack that stole the show though, as the Sharks piled on four tries in the second half after going scoreless in the first.

Cronulla’s last win at Suncorp came way back in 2014, and with critics swarming Broncos coach Anthony Seibold, now is as good a time as any to back against Brisbane. Despite their losing streak, the Sharks are 2-1 as the line underdog on the road against the Broncos, so take the Sharks to keep this close, or of course, hand Brisbane their sixth loss.

Tip: Back the Sharks to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.85

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Manly Sea Eagles Vs Canberra Raiders

Sunday April 28, 2:00pm, Brookvale Oval

Manly have plenty to feel dirty about following last week’s loss to the Dragons. Even so, Des Hasler’s side also have plenty to feel proud of after yet another gallant effort without Tom Trbojevic.

As for Canberra, the Raiders are flying high after securing their fourth straight win against the Broncos. The Raiders surrendered an early lead, but Joseph Leilua’s brilliant two try effort was enough to see the Green Machine over the line.

Looking forward, the Raiders need to approach this game just like they did the last. Ricky Stuart made sure his side never overlooked the out of form Broncos and considering how dangerous the Sea Eagles have looked over the last month, he’ll need to prepare for Manly in similar fashion.

The Raiders will likely reflect on last year’s narrow one-point win over Manly at home. Prior to that, the Sea Eagles had won three straight over Canberra, giving reason to the even money on offer for both sides.

Canberra can win this game if they hold Manly inside their own half, just like the Dragons did last week. It took the better part of 20 minutes for the Sea Eagles to find any rhythm on attack, while the Dragons completed set after set thanks to penalties and Manly errors.

With the Raiders possessing one of the most dangerous forward lines in the league as well as explosive fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, back the Raiders to cause some damage.

Tip: Back the Raiders to Win @ $1.90

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Newcastle Knights Vs Paramatta Eels

Sunday April 28, 4:05pm, McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle look destined for the wooden spoon if they continue to play this way. The Knights were woeful defensively last week against the Titans, surrendering three unanswered tries in the first half to lose 38-14.

That hardly spells good news this week as the Knights prepare for one of the hottest sides in the competition. Parramatta belted the Tigers 51-6 on Easter Monday in a huge performance from Mitchell Moses.

The Eels look every bit a finals contender this year, while the Knights look a step behind. Newcastle have won three straight over Parramatta, but there’s no getting around the litany of questions surrounding some of the Knights’ biggest stars.

Parramatta are 4-4 as the favourite over the last 12 months, but it’s already clear this is a different looking Eels side compared to last year’s wooden spoon outfit. It all comes down to the forward battle, and if Parra can handle the early onslaught from the Knights, they should win a close one.

Tip: Back the Eels 1-12 @ $3.00

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2018

The upsets continued in the NRL last weekend and incredibly is the St George Illawarra Dragons, Penrith Panthers, New Zealand Warriors and Wests Tigers that currently occupy the top four.

Will it be another round of upsets or will favourite backers bounce back?

We have analysed every game set to take place in the NRL this weekend and our complete 2018 NRL Round 7 tips can be found below.

Canterbury Bulldogs Vs Sydney Roosters

Thursday 19 April, 7:50pm, ANZ Stadium

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The Sydney Roosters suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of the South Sydney Rabbitohs last weekend, but they will still go into this clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs as favourites.

Consistency has been an issue for the Roosters this season, but they have won six of their past eight games on the back of a loss and they have won 15 of their past 21 games as favourites.

In saying that, their record against the line in that scenario is poor and they have covered in only seven of their past 21 games when they give away a start.

The Bulldogs returned to winning form with a comfortable win over the North Queensland Cowboys and they were able to score over 20 points for the first time this season.

They have won seven of their past 20 games as underdogs for a profit, but they are only a middling 10-10 against the line.

Recent games played between these two sides have generally been high-scoring affairs and the Over has saluted in ten of the past 12 meetings between these sides.

The Roosters are capable of scoring plenty of points on their day and the Total Points line of 42.5 will not be enough.

Back Over 42.5 Points

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New Zealand Warriors Vs St George Illawarra Dragons

Friday 20 April, 6:00pm, Mt Smart Stadium

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The St George Illawarra Dragons remain unbeaten and they will go into this clash with the New Zealand Warriors as narrow favourites.

St George Illawarra recorded another impressive win over the Cronulla Sharks and there really is a lot to like about the way they have played so far this season.

This will be another big test for the Dragons and they have won only one of their past four games as away favourites.

The Warriors had their winning streak ended by the Brisbane Broncos and the way they respond to that disappointment will be an excellent insight into the character of this side.

They have won only one of their past four games as home underdogs and they are a middling 2-2 against the line in this scenario.

This is another game where the value does look to be in the Total Points betting market.

The Under has saluted in nine of the past 11 away games played by the Dragons as well as five of the past seven games played between these two sides.

Back Under 42.5 Points

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Brisbane Broncos Vs Melbourne Storm

Friday 20 April, 6:00pm, Suncorp Stadium

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The Melbourne Storm have an excellent record at Suncorp Stadium and they will go into this clash as favourites.

Melbourne returned to winning form with a comprehensive win over the Newcastle Knights and played easily their best football of the season to date.

The Storm have won seven of their past nine games as away favourites and they are 5-4 against the line in this scenario.

The Brisbane Broncos ended their own horror run of form with a strong win over the New Zealand Warriors, but their recent against the Storm does leave something to be desired.

They have won only two of their past 12 games against the Storm and the Storm have won seven of the past eight games played between the two sides at Suncorp Stadium.

Melbourne can make it two wins on the trot and cover the line of 4.5 points in the process.

Back Storm To Cover The Line (-4.5 Points)

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South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs Canberra Raiders

Saturday 21 April, 3:00pm, Central Coast Stadium

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs have taken their home game to Central Coast Stadium in Gosford and they will start as clear favourites.

South Sydney produced their best performance of the season to beat the Sydney Roosters last Thursday night and they have now won three of their past four games.

The Rabbitohs have won five of their past nine games as favourites and they have covered the line in each of these wins.

The Canberra Raiders made it two wins on the trot with a comfortable victory over the Parramatta Eels and they now have some momentum after their very poor start to the year.

They have won only two of their past six games as underdogs and they are a middling 3-3 against the line when being given a start,

Recent clashes between these two teams have generally been high-scoring affairs – five of the past six games played between the two sides has gone over the Total Points line – and that could be the case again this weekend.

Back Over 44.5 Points

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Wests Tigers Vs Newcastle Knights

Saturday 21 April, 5:30pm, Scully Park

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This game between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights will be played at Scully Park in Tamworth.

The Tigers have had their best start to a season in their history and they were nothing short of outstanding against the Manly Sea Eagles last weekend.

They have lost only one game this season – against the Brisbane Broncos in controversial fashion – and what Ivan Cleary has done with this side has been truly remarkable.

The Tigers have won their past two games as favourites and they have covered the line in each of these wins.

There is no doubt that the Knights have made big improvement this season, but consistency continues to be an issue and they were poor against the Melbourne Storm last weekend.

Newcastle have won only two of their past 13 games as away underdogs and they are 5-8 against the line in this scenario.

The Tigers have finally made a believer out of me and they can continue on their winning ways.

Back Tigers To Cover The Line (-5.5 Points)

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North Queensland Cowboys Vs Gold Coast Titans

Saturday 21 April, 7:35pm, 1300SMILES Stadium

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The time for panic is here for the North Queensland Cowboys and they go into this clash with the Gold Coast Titans on the back of five straight losses.

The Cowboys looked nothing short of disinterested against the Canterbury Bulldogs last weekend and they aren’t playing like the side that were so exciting to watch during the NRL Finals last year.

North Queensland have won their past five games against the Titans and they will start this clash as favourites, but they are a tough side to back with any real confidence.

The Titans had their winning run ended by the Penrith Panthers last weekend and their recent record on the road has been poor.

Gold Coast have won three of their past 11 games as away underdogs and their record against the line isn’t much better.

This is another game where the value does lie in the Total Points betting market.

The Under has saluted in nine of the past 11 games played by the Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium and has also been a profitable betting play in Titans games over the past 12 months.

Back Under 43.5 Points

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Parramatta Eels Vs Manly Sea Eagles

Saturday 22 April, 2:00pm, ANZ Stadium

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Things keep going from bad to worse for the Parramatta Eels.

Not only have lost all six games this season, but they have scored a pathetic 46 points in the process.

They will go into this clash as clear underdogs and it should not be forgotten that the Manly Sea Eagles beat them 54-0 earlier this season.

Defence has been a big issue for Manly in recent weeks and they are another side that are tough to trust from a betting perspective.

The Sea Eagles have won only two of their past six games as away favourites and they are a poor 1-5 against the line in this scenario.

Both these teams are going poorly and this is a game that I am more than happy to stay out of.

No Bet

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Cronulla Sharks Vs Penrith Panthers

Sunday 22 April, 4:10pm, Southern Cross Group Stadium

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The Penrith Panthers have flown under the radar somewhat this season, but they currently sit on top of the ladder with a 5-1 record.

They produced a professional effort to account for the Gold Coast Titans last weekend and they are a touch unlucky not to be 6-0 heading into this weekend.

Penrith have won three of their past six games as away favourites and they are a poor 2-4 against the line in this scenario.

The Cronulla Sharks will go into this clash with a heavy injury toll and they will be without the likes of Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita, who were both injured in their defeat at the hands of the St George Illawarra Dragons last weekend.

Cronulla have won the past three games played between these two sides and they have covered the line in two of their past three games as home underdogs.

Their isn’t as much between these two teams as the current betting market suggests and the Sharks can cover the line with the start.

Back Sharks To Cover The Line (+5.5 Points)

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2017

The Easter Weekend is always packed full of rugby league action and 2017 is set to be no exception.

There are three games on Good Friday before Monday Rugby League returns when the Parramatta Eels host the Wests Tigers in what is set to be a spiteful clash.

Our complete 2017 NRL Round 7 tips can be found below and we are confident that we in for some big returns this weekend.

Canterbury Bulldogs Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Friday 14 April, 4:00pm, ANZ Stadium

Canterbury Bulldogs 24 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 9

The Good Friday clash  between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs have developed into one of the most anticipated clashes on the NRL calendar.

There really is not a great deal between these two teams and it is the Canterbury Bulldogs that will start this clash as narrow favourites.

The Bulldogs made it two wins on the trot with their fighting effort against the Newcastle Knights and they are a side that generally get the job done as favourites.

They have won 11 of their past 13 games as the punter’s elect for a clear profit and they are 7-6 against the line when giving away a start.

South Sydney returned to winning form with a last-grasp victory over an under-strength Penrith Panthers and it will be interesting to see whether they can back that performance up.

The Rabbitohs have won six of their past 17 games as underdogs for a narrow loss and they are 8-9 against the line in this scenario.

This should be another nail-biter between these two sides, but Canterbury should prove too good in the  pivotal stages.

Back Canterbury To Win @ $1.80

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Newcastle Knights Vs Sydney Roosters

Friday 14 April, 6:00pm, McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle Knights 6 - Sydney Roosters 24

The Sydney Roosters head into this clash off the back of two losses, but they will still start this clash as favourites.

The Roosters made a very strong start to the season, but they could hardly have been more disappointing against the Brisbane Broncos last weekend.

Winning away from home has been something of an issue for the Sydney Roosters over the past 12 months and they have won only three of their past six games as home favourites.

There is no doubt that the Newcastle Knights have improved this season and they were unlucky not to come away with the two points against the Bulldogs last weekend.

The Knights have still won only one of their past 13 games as home underdogs and their record against the line in this scenario is a very poor 3-10.

This is a game that the market looks to have got just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting standpoint.

No Bet

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Brisbane Broncos Vs Gold Coast Titans

Friday 14 April, 7:50pm, Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Broncos 24 - Gold Coast Titans 22

It has been a very tough start to the season for the Gold Coast Titans and it is no surprise that the Brisbane Broncos will start this clash as clear favourites.

Brisbane have an excellent record against the Titans historically and they have won seven of the past eight games played against their rivals.

The Broncos returned to their best form with an excellent performance against the Sydney Roosters and a repeat would make them fairly tough to beat.

Brisbane have won nine of their past 13 games at Suncorp Stadium, but they are only 6-7 against the line in this scenario.

Gold Coast produced their worst performance of the season to go down to the Canberra Raiders last weekend and they have recorded just the one win this season.

Defence really has been an issue for the Titans and they will need to improve their toughness up the middle to have any chance against the Broncos.

The Titans have won only two of their past seven games as away underdogs for a narrow loss, but they are 5-2 against the line in this scenario.

The Gold Coast aren’t playing as badly as their current record suggests and they are a good bet to cover the line with a start of 12.5 points.

Back Gold Coast To Beat The Line (+12.5 Points)

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Manly Sea Eagles Vs Melbourne Storm

Saturday 15 April, 3:00pm, Brookvale Oval

Manly Sea Eagles 26 - Melbourne Storm 30

The rivalry between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm was the fiercest in the NRL not that long ago and it should be an interesting clash at Brookvale Oval on Saturday.

The Melbourne Storm suffered their first defeat of the season when they went down to the Cronulla Sharks last weekend, but they will still go into this clash as favourites.

Melbourne have an outstanding record away from home over the past 12 months and they have won 10 of their past 11 games as away favourites, while they are 8-3 against the line in this scenario.

Manly had their winning run ended by the St George Illawarra Dragons last weekend and it does not get any easier against the Storm.

The Sea Eagles have won just one of their past seven games as away underdogs for a big loss and their record against the line is no better.

Melbourne simply do not lose back-to-back games and they are an outstanding bet to cover the line.

Back Melbourne To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)

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Canberra Raiders Vs New Zealand Warriors

Saturday 15 April, 5:30pm, GIO Stadium

Canberra Raiders 20 - New Zealand Warriors 8

The Canberra Raiders made it two wins on the trot with their stellar victory over the Gold Coast and they will go into this clash as clear favourites.

Canberra have returned to a semblance of the form that saw them narrowly miss out on the 2016 NRL Grand Final and they really should be able to make it three wins on the trot.

The Raiders have won ten of their past 12 games as home favourites for a clear profit and they are 7-5 against the line in this scenario.

New Zealand have got their season back on track with two wins over the Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels, but obviously face a tougher challenge against the Canberra Raiders this weekend.

The Warriors have showed renewed commitment over the past fortnight, but they continue to be a tough team to trust from a betting standpoint.

New Zealand have won just one of their past seven games as away underdogs for a clear loss and they are 3-4 against the line in this scenario.

Canberra should be able to continue their winning ways and the line of 8.5 points does not look like enough.

Back Canberra To Beat The Line (-8.5 Points)

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St George Dragons Vs North Queensland Cowboys

Saturday 15 April, 7:30pm, WIN Stadium

St George Illawarra Dragons 28 - North Queensland Cowboys 22

The North Queensland Cowboys will go into this clash without star half-back Johnathan Thurston and it is the St George Illawarra Dragons that will start this clash as clear favourites.

St George Illawarra went to the top of the NRL ladder with their impressive win over Manly and they continue to be the surprise packages of the season.

The Dragons have proven to be a very tough team to trust as home favourites over the past 12 months and they have won their past four games in this scenario, while they are 3-1 against the line.

The injury crisis at the North Queensland Cowboys hit its lowest point last Saturday when Thurston went off with a calf injury that will keep him out of action for at least a month.

Cowboys coach Paul Green has elected to pick Ben Hampton as the replacement half-back and I am really not sure that he is the answer.

Without Thurston, Jake Granville and Lachlan Coote the Cowboys are missing the majority of their premiership winning spine and any team in that position would struggle.

Winning away from home has been an issue for the Cowboys and they are 1-3 against the line in their past four games as away underdogs.

The Dragons meet the Cowboys at the perfect time and really should be able to continue their winning run.

Back St George Illawarra Dragons To Beat The Line (-10.5 Points)

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Penrith Panthers Vs Cronulla Sharks

Sunday 16 April, 4:00pm, Pepper Stadium

Penrith Panthers 2 - Cronulla Sharks 28

This is one of the biggest games of the weekend and it is the Penrith Panthers that will go into this clash as narrow favourites.

The Panthers clearly missed Matt Moylan, Peta Hiku and Waqa Blake last Friday night against South Sydney and all three are expected to make their return this weekend.

Penrith have proved very tough to beat at Pepper Stadium over the past 12 months and they have won nine of their past 12 games as home favourites, but they are 6-6 against the line in this situation.

Cronulla made it three wins on the trot with their excellent performance against the Melbourne Storm and they improved what is already an outstanding record as away underdogs.

The Sharks have now won six of their past seven games as away underdogs for a huge profit and they continue to be one of the best betting teams in the NRL.

This should be another close clash and I am keen to back the Sharks with the insurance of a 2.5 points start.

Back Cronulla To Beat The Line (+2.5 Points)

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Parramatta Eels Vs Wests Tigers

Monday 17 April, 4:00pm, ANZ Stadium

Parramatta Eels 26 - Wests Tigers 22

The Parramatta Eels have lost four games on the trot, but they will still go into this clash with the Wests Tigers as clear favourites.

Parramatta have offered very little with the ball in hand in their past three NRL games and they are a team that are incredibly tough to trust from a betting standpoint.

They have won just one of their past three games as home favourites and their record against the Tigers is very poor.

Wests put a week of turmoil behind them to start the Ivan Cleary era with an upset win over the North Queensland Cowboys and they played some quality football in the process.

The Tigers have won eight of their past 20 games as underdogs for a clear profit and their record away from home has been particularly strong in this scenario.

I am very keen to take on the Eels this weekend and the Tigers are genuine value at their current price of $2.25.

Back Wests Tigers To Win @ $2.25

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2016

Round 7 of the 2016 NRL season gets underway with what is always an intriguing clash between the Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles before the North Queensland Cowboys take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Friday Night Football.

The Canterbury Bulldogs have taken their home game against the New Zealand Warriors to Wellington and a big crowd is expected to pack into ‘The Cake Tin’, while the Brisbane Broncos host the Newcastle Knights in a rare Saturday night fixture.

The round concludes on Monday Night when the Sydney Roosters tackle the Penrith Panthers in a rematch of the 2003 NRL Grand Final.

Manly Sea Eagles Vs Parramatta Eels

Thursday 14 April, 7:50pm, Brookvale Oval

Manly Sea Eagles 10 - Parramatta Eels 22

There has been no love lost between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels since both sides entered the NSWRL in 1947 and the Kieran Foran factor adds extra spice to this clash.

Both Manly and Parramatta are coming off impressive victories last weekend and will take plenty of confidence into what could be a season defining match.

The Eels will start this game as favourites and they got the job done in this scenario last weekend, while they are an impressive 3-0 in both head to head and line betting in the past 12 months.

The injection of Apisaio Koroisau to the halves has been them play much better in recent weeks and they have been a profitable betting proposition as underdogs in recent times.

In favour of the Sea Eagles is the fact that they have won five of their past seven games against the Eels at Brookvale Oval, but the organisation they will lose without Cherry-Evans in the side could prove costly.

This is sure to be a very interesting fixture, but the market appears to have got the game just about right and I don’t think that there is an edge in the price of either side.

Recommended Bet: No Bet

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North Queensland Cowboys Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Friday 15 April, 7:50pm, 1300 Smiles Stadium

North Queensland Cowboys 44 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 18

The North Queensland Cowboys proved too strong for the Penrith Panthers last week, while the South Sydney Rabbitohs suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of the Sydney Roosters.

The return of Adam Reynolds is a massive plus for South Sydney, but they are still clear outsiders in this fixture and they are $3.30 to record an upset win.

South Sydney have won just one of their past six games as underdogs in the past 12 months and their record against the line in this scenario is not a great deal better.

The Cowboys have won 11 of their past 13 games at 1300 Smiles Stadium and they are very hard to beat in front of their home fans, but their record against the line in this scenario is far from impressive.

It would not surprise to see South Sydney get out to a hot start before the Cowboys run them down late and the $6.50 on offer for the South Sydney Rabbitohs/North Queensland Cowboys Half-Time/Full-Time double is excellent value.

Recommended Bet: Back The South Sydney Rabbitohs/North Queensland Cowboys Half-Time/Full-Time Double @ $6.50

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Gold Coast Titans Vs St George Dragons

Saturday 16 April, 3:00pm, Cbus Super Stadium

Gold Coast Titans 14 - St George Illawarra Dragons 19

The St George Illawarra Dragons have been nothing short of disgraceful in recent weeks and their attack now appears to consist of only a single play – pass the ball to Josh Dugan and hope for the best.

It is no surprise that the Dragons go into this game as underdogs, but the fact that they are not at a much longer prices indicates that the market is still underrating the Gold Coast Titans.

The Titans have suffered back-to-back losses to the Sharks and Broncos, but they were still gallant in defeat and there is plenty to suggest they will return to winning form this weekend.

Gold Coast are 3-1 as home favourites in both head to head betting and line betting in the past 12 months, while the Dragons have won just one of their past 11 games as away underdogs and are 4-7 against the line in this scenario.

The Gold Coast Titans are easily the team to beat here and they are probably the safest bet of the weekend.

Recommended Bet: Back The Gold Coast Titans To Win @ $1.70

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Canterbury Bulldogs Vs New Zealand Warriors

Saturday 16 April, 5:30pm, Westpac Stadium

Canterbury Bulldogs 20 - New Zealand Warriors 24

The Canterbury Bulldogs have a large fan base in New Zealand and they have elected to take their home game to Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

The Bulldogs bounced back from their defeat to the Raiders to score a grinding victory over the Melbourne Storm last weekend, but they are still underdogs in this clash.

Canterbury have won five of their last nine games as underdogs and their record against the line in this scenario is also excellent.

The New Zealand Warriors have been an awful betting team for a number of seasons now and it should come as no surprise that they have been a losing betting proposition as favourites in the past 12 months.

Their record against the line in this scenario is a poor 5-7 and there is nothing in their recent form that suggests they should be favourites here.

The move of Tuimoala Lolohea to five-eight might be the spark that they need, but it is the Bulldogs that clearly represent the best value in this fixture.

Recommended Bet: Back The Canterbury Bulldogs To Win @ $2

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Brisbane Broncos Vs Newcastle Knights

Saturday 16 April, 7:30pm, Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Broncos 53 - Newcastle Knights 0

The Brisbane Broncos were far from impressive against the St George Illawarra Dragons, but they were still able to get the job done and remain on top of the ladder at this stage of the season.

Brisbane have been a very safe betting proposition as favourites and they are 11-3 as the punter’s elect in the past 12 months, while they are a highly profitable 9-5  against the line in this scenario.

The Knights finally recorded their first win of the season against the Wests Tigers last weekend and there is no doubt that they have improved, but they face a much stiffer challenge against the Broncos on Saturday night.

Newcastle are 2-9 in the past 12 months as away underdogs and they have been a very poor 4-7 against line in this situation.

The line of 16 points does not appear as though it will be enough here and the Broncos will be able to record a very comfortable victory.

Recommended Bet: Back The Brisbane Broncos To Cover The Line (-16 Points)

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Canberra Raiders Vs Cronulla Sharks

Sunday 17 April, 2:00pm, GIO Stadium

Canberra Raiders 16 - Cronulla Sharks 40

This should be one of the closest games of the round and the market suggests as much.

The Canberra Raiders produced their worst performance of the season to date against the Parramatta Eels last weekend, but they are still set to start this game as narrow favourites.

Canberra have been far from convincing as favourites in recent times and their 5-6 record as home favourites is a very big concern heading into this fixture.

Cronulla have flown under the radar during the 2016 NRL season to date, but they have now won three games on the trot and have been a highly profitable betting tea,.

The Sharks have won nine of their past 14 games as underdogs and that record is just as impressive away from home, while they are 7-4 against the line as away underdogs.

It would not surprise to see this market flipped on its head later in the week and I would be locking in the $2 that is currently available for the Sharks to make it four wins on the trot.

Recommended Bet: Back The Cronulla Sharks To Win @ $2

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Wests Tigers Vs Melbourne Storm

Sunday 17 April, 4:00pm, Leichhardt Oval

Wests Tigers 18 - Melbourne Storm 19

The Melbourne Storm suffered a narrow loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs last Monday night, but they have an excellent opportunity to return to winning form against the struggling Tigers.

The Tigers started the season with a bang, but they have been extremely poor in the past month and they have now loss four games on the trot.

A factor in their favor this weekend is the return to Leichhardt Oval and their record as away underdogs in the past 12 months is a profitable 4-4, while they have the same record against the line is this scenario.

The Storm are always a fairly safe bet as favourites and they have won three of their past four games as away favourites, with their record against the line just as impressive.

Melbourne are always quick to bounce back from a loss and they are 6-4 against the line on the back of a loss, while the Tigers are 5-12 against the line on the back of a loss.

The Leichhardt Oval factor is the reason that we are getting such a good price for the Storm and they are a great bet to cover the line of 3.5 points.

Recommended Bet: Back The Melbourne Storm To Beat The Line (-3.5 Points)

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Sydney Roosters Vs Penrith Panthers

Monday 18 April, 7:00pm, Allianz Stadium

Sydney Roosters 16 - Penrith Panthers 20

The Sydney Roosters have won five of their last six games with the Penrith Panthers, but the Panthers are set to start this game as favourites following an impressive performance against the North Queensland Cowboys last weekend.

Penrith have only won two games this season, but they have played much better football than that and they have not lost a game this season by more than eight points.

Their record as favourites is a slight concern as they are 0-2 as away favourites in the past 12 months and 1-4 as favourites over that sime time period.

The Roosters finally scored their first win of the season against the South Sydney Rabbitohs last Friday night and they have definitely shown signs of improvement since their very poor start to the season.

Sydney are 5-2 against the line as underdogs in the past 12 months, but it is still tough to have a great deal of faith in this side, particularly with a line of just two points.

The betting market that does stand out here is the total points and under 37.5 points is a great bet.

The Roosters have been a narrow unders team in the past 12 months, while the under is 7-4 in Panthers away games in the same time period.

Recommended Bet: Back The Under (37.5 Points)

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