Wed, Apr 19, 2:12pm by Staff Writer
Will the favourites keep rolling on in the National Rugby League? We are not so sure. There are a few matches with big value and we are keen to get some of that during Round 8.
Canberra Raiders v Manly Sea Eagles, GIO Stadium, Friday April 21, 6pm AEST
Manly’s impressive start to the season has hit a speed bump in recent weeks as they have now lost the last two fixtures. They will need to regroup if they are to stop the rot this this weekend against a Raiders side starting to gel in 2017. The Sea Eagles make the trip to the capital after an agonising loss to the Storm in Round Seven. A second-half comeback was not enough for Manly as they fell short. If they can match that second-half performance against the Raiders, however, they may be able to overturn their price of $4.10 with William Hill. Canberra are in hot form at the minute winning their last three to ignite their Premiership bid this year. Last weekend’s 12-point win over the Warriors would have been perfect preparation to take on the Sea Eagles and will be looking for a repeat of last season’s 30-18 win. They stand as heavy favourites with William Hill priced at $1.25 but will have to be wary of a Manly side who have looked very impressive at times this year.
Bet of the Match: Manly to Win by 1-12 points at $5.50
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South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos, ANZ Stadium, Friday April 21, 8pm AEST
Also on Friday Night Footy, the Rabbitohs will host the Broncos searching to even out their win-loss ratio which currently stands at 3-4. South Sydney have disappointed this season especially when considering the players at their disposal. They will be thankful that captain Sam Burgess will be available for this clash after escaping any ban for a potential shoulder charge in their match against the Bulldogs. It will a tough ask to beat the Broncos highlighted in their price of $2.63 with William Hill to claim victory. Brisbane announced themselves in 2017 two weeks ago with the thrashing of the in-form Roosters but almost came crashing back to earth last week as they scraped past the Titans by two points. The difference in performances was remarkable and they will be looking to replicate the one that saw them blow Sydney away when they face the Rabbitohs. They stand at $1.50 to continue their two-match winning streak.
Bet of the Match: South Sydney to Win by 1-12 points at $3.75
Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers, ANZ Stadium, Saturday April 22, 3pm AEST
Penrith will be looking to turn around their season when they travel to Parramatta this weekend. They are now in the midst of a three-match losing streak including Round Seven’s humiliation at the hand of the Sharks as they were kept try less throughout the match. William Hill are giving them a lifeline priced as favourites to beat the Eels at $1.65. Parramatta come in to this fixture after a battling win over the Tigers. The Eels desperately needed that victory boost and will believe that they can overturn their price of $2.26. Their patchy start to the season still sees them in competition for the playoffs but they need to start adding some consistency to their performances.
Bet of the Match: Penrith to Win by 1-12 points at $3.00
NRL Round 8 Betting
Canberra Raiders $1.25 v Manly Sea Eagles $4.10
South Sydney Rabbitohs $2.63 v Brisbane Broncos $1.50
Parramatta Eels $2.26 v Penrith Panthers $1.65
Nth Queensland Cowboys $1.31 v Newcastle Knights $3.50
Cronulla Sharks $1.28 v Gold Coast Titans $3.75
Wests Tigers $2.48 v Canterbury Bulldogs $1.55
Sydney Roosters $1.62 v St George Illawarra Dragons $2.33
Melbourne Storm $1.30 v New Zealand Warriors $3.60
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