The NRL Grand Final 2011 is fast approaching with just two rounds left of the regular season, meaning that for Round 25 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this weekend the heat is on for the players and clubs and the betting action for fans is better than ever.
Must Bet Match: Manly Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm
Friday 26th August – 7:35pm – Brookvale Oval
Friday night footy doesn’t get any better than the top of the table clash scheduled to kick off this supercharged weekend of rugby league, the Minor Premiership frontrunners Melbourne Storm vying for their incredible 13th straight win when they play the second-ranked Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval tonight, August 26.
Round 25 Tip: Take the over-priced odds on Melbourne Storm at Luxbet to beat Manly!
This is the game to watch if you can only catch one on the weekend, and it is also the game to bet on at Luxbet.
Of course, with so much on the line, all eight matches are must-bets for us!
Surprisingly, the home ground advantage has had a massive influence on the NRL betting markets with Manly the firming $1.59 favourites at Luxbet while punters are shying away from the imposing Storm who are out to $2.40 to win.
Melbourne are still clear $3.10 favourites to win the Premiership come the first Sunday of October, but the attitude that they “need” to lose in order to recharge going into the finals is swaying votes here.
While this is the match getting all the pre-round attention, every game this week has something to offer fans and punters.
Final spots in the NRL Top 8 will be decided with the ninth-placed Rabbitohs taking on the Brisbane Broncos at Lang Park on Sunday arvo and team No. 10 on the ladder, Canterbury, set to make the most of their chance to sneak into finals contention when they play the Knights at ANZ Stadium Saturday night.
Our other “Upset Bets” of Round 25 are:
- Penrith ($2.45) v Canberra ($1.57) Luxbet – Saturday 7:30pm Canberra Stadium: Tipping Penrith, who nearly got the better of the Warriors despite the 26 – 12 score last round, to show some grit down in Canberra and defeat a Raiders outfit that have been anything but good this year.
- St George ($1.48) v New Zealand ($2.70) Luxbet – Sunday 2:00pm WIN Stadium: Under $1.50 for a club that hasn’t won since July seems odd to us. The Dragons may be the reigning premiers and they may have a master coach up in the box but the proof is in the pudding and not the recipe. If the Raiders and Roosters can beat ‘em then you can bet that a Top 4 team like the Warriors can DEFINITELY beat them.
For the full list of NRL Round 25 games and access to literally hundreds of NRL betting options on the current and futures fixtures, head to Luxbet and open an account with the online bookie offering all new depositing customers that quote the promo code BONUSBET a $400 bonus bet!