Seven rounds in and the futures markets at Sportsbet.com.au are starting to take shape. Let’s look at the big movers and value bets leading into round eight of the 2020 NRL Premiership.
Panthers plunge in 2020 NRL Premiership betting
The biggest move in the outright market this week sees the Penrith Panthers into $8 from $13, which puts them on the same line of betting as Canberra and Melbourne.
This time 12 months ago they were the big disappointments of the competition, but now Ivan Cleary’s men shape as a dark horse to challenge the Roosters for the title.
They have relentless aggression in the forwards, who can physically dominate in defence, while the outside backs have enough class to compliment the big boppers.
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The big difference has been Apisai Koroisau at dummy half, as he has taken the pressure off Nathan Cleary to be the team’s sole creator.
With a crafty hooker in the middle they pose a lot more headaches for opposition teams, rather than the 2019 model of ‘throw it to Bill Kikau and see what happens’.
An even better bet for the Panthers is the $7 on offer for them to win the minor premiership.
They currently sit second on the table by one point and only have three games left this season against teams who sit inside the top eight. It’s a dream run and there is money to be had.
Broncos join Titans and Bulldogs in wooden spoon race
Can anyone believe just how bad the Brisbane Broncos are?
When Anthony Seibold took over, many good judges believed he had enough talent to get them to the top four, but we are now 32 games into his tenure and they are $6 to win the wooden spoon.
The drums are beating with fans demanding Seibold and the board be sacked immediately, but the Broncos get a dream fortnight now where they face the Warriors and Bulldogs.
Both teams have their own issues and you’d imagine Brisbane will still be favoured to win both games, although a loss against either one makes the $6 very hard to pass up.
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Based on their current horrific form, the Broncos will be favoured to win only two of their final 10 games.
While seeing them win the spoon would delight everyone outside of Brisbane, the $4.25 on the New Zealand Warriors is still great value.
They’ve punted their coach, morale is low and players are desperate to return home to their families. It’s a horrible situation for a team to find themselves in.
Sivo and Morris big threats for top tryscorer in 2020
Did anyone else realise North Queensland Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt was the current clubhouse leader for tries in the NRL this season with nine?
He is the current favourite to win the award at $5.50, but his opponent for this weekend’s game in Maika Sivo is currently $15.
Sivo currently sits five behind Feldt, but all it will take is one decent bag in a game and the price will drop.
The Parramatta Eels have one of the best offenses in the NRL, so there will be plenty of opportunities for him to score plenty in the next three months.
The indefatigable Brett Morris is three tries behind Feldt and paying $11 to take out the title. Similar to Sivo, Morris will have a chance to score plenty in the Sydney Roosters backline.
His teammate Daniel Tupou is paying even better at $15 and considering he sits in the luxurious left-wing position, it is worth throwing a few pennies his way too.
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