Wed, Aug 23, 10:06am by Staff Writer
The penultimate Round of the NRL regular season is upon us, with plenty still to play for. There is the potential for one of the sides currently in the top eight to drop out of the Finals places before the end of the season. The battle for the top four spots is just as close, although the Storm have already secured the Minor Premiership.
Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels, Suncorp Stadium, Thursday August 24, 7:50pm AEST
Parramatta have surged up the ladder in the closing stages of the year and now sit 5th level on points with 4th placed Cronulla. This weekend they make the trip to Brisbane to take on the 2nd placed Broncos looking to cap a remarkable season for the Eels.
Last Round’s comfortable victory over the Titans for Parramatta steadied the ship after a shock loss to the Knights, 29-10, back in Round 23. They are underdogs going into this match with Brisbane and will need to overturn a price of $3.70 with William Hill.
Brisbane, meanwhile, have won their last three fixtures to catapult themselves up the ladder. Impressive wins over the Titans, Sharks and Dragons has set them up to gain some revenge against the Eels who beat them only four Rounds ago. Despite this William Hill holds them as favourites priced at $1.28, thanks in part to their current form coupled with their recent dominance at Suncorp Stadium.
Bet of the Match: Brisbane to Win by 1-12 points at $2.90
Wests Tigers v North Queensland Cowboys, Campbelltown Stadium, Friday August 25, 7:50pm AEST
North Queensland’s hopes of making it through to the 2017 Finals could well hinge on the outcome of this weekend’s game against Wests Tigers. The Cowboys are joint 8th with Manly only two points ahead of the Dragons.
Four straight losses have seen them slip down the ladder and into their current predicament, fighting to keep their season alive. William Hill cannot separate the Tigers and Cowboys with both sides priced at $1.90.
Wests may well be languishing in 15th place on the ladder but they can certainly have an impact on who makes it through to the Finals. In the last two weeks, they have beaten Manly in a thrilling contest and pushed the Roosters all the way last weekend. The Tigers have the potential to beat the Cowboys and give the Dragons some hope.
Bet of the Match: Wests to Win by 1-12 points at $3.20
Cronulla Sharks v Sydney Roosters, Southern Cross Group Stadium, Saturday August 26, 7:30pm AEST
Reigning Premiers Cronulla have surprised many pundits by once again being in the battle for the Finals. They will take on the Roosters who have dipped slightly in form towards the end of the year but are still well in with a chance of a top four finish. Both sides come into this fixture on the back of bruising encounters in Round 24.
The Roosters edged the Tigers whilst Cronulla were able to overcome the Cowboys in Townsville. There isn’t much to separate these two sides with William Hill giving the Sharks the edge priced at $1.80 compared to the Roosters at $2.
Sydney’s win over Wests stopped the rot as they had previously lost their last two games and it will need a much-improved performance against the Sharks if they are to beat them this week.
Bet of the Match: Sydney to Win by 1-12 points at $3.20
NRL Round 25 Odds: (William Hill)
Brisbane Broncos $1.25 v Parramatta Eels $4 Line: 11.5
Canberra Raiders $1.15 v Newcastle Knights $5.50 Line: 15.5
Wests Tigers $1.90 v Nth Queensland Cowboys $1.90 Line: 1.5
Gold Coast Titans $1.62 v Canterbury Bulldogs $2.30 Line: 3.5
Melbourne Storm $1.17 v South Sydney Rabbitohs $5.10 Line: 14
Cronulla Sharks $1.80 v Sydney Roosters $2.02 Line: 1.5
New Zealand Warriors $2.55 v Manly Sea Eagles $1.52 Line: 5.5
Penrith Panthers $1.52 v St George Illawarra Dragons $2.55 Line: 5.5
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