This article contains some of the best bets of round 24 of the NRL. The lines, odds and totals listed may change as we get closer to the weekend.
Broncos vs Eels
The Broncos are coming off a disappointing loss to the Rabbitohs and will be raring to go against an Eels team who are missing Nathan Brown who received a 4-game suspension for his late shoulder charge on Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
The Eels will miss both his presence in the middle but also the inspiring runs and hits he makes that ignite the team’s energy levels.
This is extremely disappointing, as I would have loved to see Lodge and Brown going head to head in the middle.
The Broncos will see the return of star back-rower Matt Gillett from a groin injury.
Gillett back will help them defensively but also his leadership and experience will help to calm the Broncos inexperienced and young edge, as Darius Boyd stated ‘Gillo is one of those guys when he runs out you feel a bit safer’.
The Broncos have one of the best forward packs in the NRL leading the comp in tackle breaks at 824 and should be able to take advantage of a weakened Eels team who are poor defensively, as they have the 3rd most missed tackles in the NRL at 753.
Best Bet– Broncos -2.5 $1.90 (Bet Easy)
Value– Broncos 13+ $3.60 (Sports-bet)
Storm vs Manly
I wish there was a market for sin bins. These teams have a chequered past, including my personal favourite NRL fight.
Storm Vs Manly is always a game that gets my attention, and the games never disappoint…..not including the 2008 Grand Final.
Dessy Hasler gets his teams up for the big games, as we saw last week with an inspiring win over the Raiders in Canberra.
However, the Storm are coming off two disappointing games, letting an eighteen-point lead against a twelve manned Raiders team slip and being down two points at half time by this year’s wooden spooners.
Since Origin, Munster hasn’t been playing his best footy, and his frustration was visible during his half time interview with Hannah Hollis when he stated, ‘Its absolute sh-t from myself……I need to be better for the team’.
His poor performance could be a direct correlation of how he is attacking. Munster plays his best footy when he takes on the line, however, this year, he ranks 17th in the NRL in line engagements.
I think Munster will want to prove his game changing ability, and I expect him to have a good game.
Manly are coming off one of their most physical games of the season and adding to that Joel Thompson is out with a broken arm.
I think the storm get the victory and prove to the competition that they are still capable to win the premiership.
Best Bet– Storm win $1.72 (Bet Easy)
Tryscorer– Cameron Munster $4.00 (BetEasy)
Sharks vs Raiders
The 7th placed Sharks look to retain a spot in the top eight with a win on Sunday arvo against the green machine.
Paul Gallen will play his last game at Shark Park and it will be an emotional filled game for both Gallen and his teammates.
The Sharks will be playing with a high level of intensity from kick off, however, while the sharks will be playing off sheer emotion, the Raiders are a team that, in my opinion, can win the premiership.
Anytime a team can come back from an 18-point deficit and defeat the best team in the NRL shows what type of character and ability this football team has.
I’m leaning the Sharks to get the win as the Raiders are coming off a tough game against Manly and also have lost Joseph Leilua to suspension.
This game should come down to the last ten minutes as these teams have a history of close games as the last three matches have been decided by four points or less.
-Tri-Bet Either team under 8.5 points $2.14 (Points Bet)
– Sharks Win $2.05 (Bet 365)