September is finally here and what a beautiful month it is for footy fans and punters. After 26 tough and testing weeks of the 2011 NRL Telstra Premiership, it comes down to this – the NRL Finals.
There are eight NRL teams left, and every single one has a chance to go all the way to the blockbuster NRL Grand Final on the first Sunday of October, but can you pick who?
Four super-charged NRL 2011 qualifying finals are set to light up tellie screens around the country this weekend and every real footy fan will be placing a bet on the NRL results.
The best place to head for all the footy final betting odds and options is to the true blue online bookie – Luxbet.
Below is a brief rundown of the NRL qualifiers for 2011 so you don’t miss a minute of the action!
NRL Final 1 – Wests Tigers v St George Illawarra Dragons
Friday 9th September – ANZ Stadium – 7:45pm (local)
- Match Odds: Wests Tigers $2.12 – St George $1.74 – bet now at Luxbet
- Match Preview:
It’s four v five in possibly the most important of all of the qualifiers. Can the defending premiers rise to the occasion and put the Tigers to sleep, or will some Benji Marshall magic work it’s trick tonight and show Bennett his boys aren’t going to go back-to-back easily. A rematch of last year’s preliminary thriller, there’s only one thing hotter than this one, the NRL odds at Luxbet. The Tigers are on fire and have come from a mid-season slump to genuine premiership contenders. The Dragons have done a lot of work late too, winning their last two regular round matches. Both have skills, both have confidence but what will win – exciting plays from Wests or the clinical moves of the Dragons? St George also have the winning record at the venue, but stats mean nothing in the face of consistency.
- Match Tip: Tigers by 4
NRL Final 2 – Brisbane Broncos v New Zealand Warriors
Saturday 10th September – Suncorp Stadium – 6:30pm (local)
- Match Odds: Brisbane $1.68 – New Zealand $2.22 – bet now at Luxbet
- Match Preview:
The fairytale finish to Darren Lockyer’s NRL career continues when the third-placed Broncos take on a scary looking Warriors (6th) outfit. New Zealand travelled to Brissie not long ago and only just lost in a golden point extra time thriller, Broncos taking the cake thanks to a Wallace field goal. They did it without Lockie that time and they are again depleted with soon-to-be skipper Thaiday copping a two-match ban and boom fullback Hoffman out with injury, Beale a nice replacement though. Hodges makes a well-timed return however, and there is plenty of depth and passion in Brisbane to explain their favouritism in the Luxbet markets. There’s no denying the Warriors claims but Brisbane are on a six-game winning streak and are undefeated at Suncorp in seven, unlikely to end in front of a capacity crowd.
- Match Tip: Brisbane by 8
NRL Final 3 – Manly Sea Eagles v North Queensland Cowboys
Saturday 10th September – Sydney Football Stadium – 8:30pm (local)
- Match Odds: Manly $1.40 – North QLD $3.00 – bet now at Luxbet
- Match Preview:
Premiership favourites Manly take on the Cowboys in an SFS showdown not to be missed. Sea Eagles will be keen to bounce back after their loss in Brisbane, where they showed plenty of grit and were far from disgraced. They sit second on the ladder for a reason, their boom young halves are on fire and they are starting to be known for more than just Gorgeous George. North Queensland fired early and have suffered a bit of a fizzle out of late, but they know Manly aren’t at full strength and with JT’s pace will be ready to capitalise on it. Sea Eagles stay calm, they win. Cowboys ride into town with the right attitude, an upset could be on the cards.
- Match Tip: Manly by 12
NRL Final 4 – Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights
Sunday 11th September – AAMI Park – 4:00pm (local)
- Match Odds: Melbourne $1.24 – Newcastle $4.15 – bet now at Luxbet
- Match Preview:
Seemingly the easiest of all four to tip, No. 1 v No. 8. This is do or die for Newcastle, however, who enter a new era under the coaching of Bennett next year and won’t want to go out in 2011 without a fight. They will get a fight though facing the Storm at AAMI Park. Knights got away with plenty of points against South Sydney last week, but will this be enough to allow them to bring down a weakening Melbourne outfit? Storm easily account for the recent record between these two with eight wins in the past 10 meetings, and it has been a very long time between drinks for Newcastle who haven’t got the better of the Storm since 2004. Newcastle will get over the line early, but then Slater and Co. will turn the lights out on the Knight’s season.
- Match Tip: Storm by 13
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