There was significant movement at both of ends of the ladder in week 17 of the 2019 NRL Premiership season.
Another defeat to the reigning premiers has changed the shape of the top four, while two disparate results in Penrith and Newcastle have flipped the script in the wooden spoon battle.
We also witnessed a rare draw – the first in the NRL since 2016 – and a lot of love for Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith, who celebrated his 400th game with a big win at home.
What does this week’s NRL fixture have in store? Let’s take a look at the latest odds from Sportsbet.com.au.
Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs
Brisbane could not find the golden point against the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday and now face a tricky test against the resurgent Canterbury Bulldogs. The Broncos are paying $1.38 at home, while the Dogs are at $3 odds for a third consecutive win.
New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks
Cronulla have lost four in a row and sit only one point above NZ, so this week’s clash in Auckland could have a big impact on the finals race. The Sharks are $1.78 favourites to win across the ditch, leaving the Warriors with $2.08 odds on their own patch.
Penrith Panthers vs St George Illawarra Dragons
While Penrith have won six in a row to vault into the eight for the first time this season, St George Illawarra are sinking after eight losses in 10 games. Still, there is plenty of money for both sides on Friday night, with the Panthers $1.65 and the Dragons $2.25.
Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights
Sydney were shocked by North Queensland on Sunday and Newcastle were done by the Dogs, so both these teams are desperate to get back in the winners’ circle. The Roosters are firm favourites at $1.34, as the $3.25 Knights are struggling mightily without the injured Kalyn Ponga.
Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers
Canberra leapt into the top three with their big win over the Dragons, while Wests slid to 11th on the ladder after a heavy defeat to Parramatta. The Raiders are offering $1.50 to make it five wins from six games, with the Tigers at $2.60 to conquer the capital.
North Queensland Cowboys vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
NQC are riding high after their upset win over the Chooks, so they may fancy their chances against a scratchy Souths side that just edged out Manly last week. Nevertheless, the Bunnies are $1.60 favourites to beat the $2.35 Cowboys in Townsville.
Gold Coast Titans vs Melbourne Storm
Top plays bottom on Sunday when the Storm travel to the Gold Coast. Melbourne are three games clear of the rest and gunning for a ninth consecutive win, so it is no surprise that online bookmakers have them at $1.29 to beat the $3.60 Titans.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels
Manly will be smarting from their one-point loss to the Rabbitohs, while Parra have the top four in their sights after three wins on the bounce. The Sea Eagles are $1.50 to get it done at home, as the $2.60 Eels are yet to show any consistency on the road.
2019 NRL Premiership betting update
The Roosters hold the top line of NRL outright betting at $3.25 despite five losses in seven games, but they now share that quote with the Storm. The Raiders have bolted into $12, while the Sharks have blown out to $21. The Panthers ($23) and the Eels ($26) are the teams to watch in the middle of the market. At the other end, the Titans ($1.62) and the Bulldogs ($2.35) have traded places in the betting order for the 2019 NRL wooden spoon.
$3.25 – Melbourne Storm, Sydney Roosters
$6 – South Sydney Rabbitohs
$12 – Canberra Raiders
$19 – Manly Sea Eagles
$21 – Cronulla Sharks
$23 – Newcastle Knights, Penrith Panthers
$26 – Parramatta Eels
$67 – Brisbane Broncos, NZ Warriors
$101 – North Queensland Cowboys, Wests Tigers
$126 – St George Illawarra Dragons
$1,001 – Canterbury Bulldogs, Gold Coast Titans
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