We’re already a month into the NRL 2017 Telstra Premiership and it’s another cracking line-up of games for Round 4 starting with a Sydney Derby for Thursday night footy.
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The Sydney Roosters are one of two NRL teams yet to taste defeat in 2017 after winning their opening three games and they’ll be out to continue that gun run against the Bunnies.
A close clash is on the cards at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night with the Broncos hosting the Raiders in a ninth vs eighth clash, both clubs desperate to get back into the Top 8.
The Bulldogs shape-up as value in Rugby League Round 4 betting to stop the Sea Eagles from making it two on the trot after an upset victory over the Cowboys last week, while it is near even money in the NRL odds for the Eels vs Sharks clash at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
Check out the full Round 4 NRL Draw 2017 below complete with our Rugby League betting tips to take to Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Footy Freaks!
NRL ROUND 4
South Sydney Rabbitohs ($2.95) vs Sydney Roosters ($1.42)
Thursday March 23, 2017 (8:05pm) – ANZ Stadium
The Tri-Colours are three-from-three to date and favourites to keep the winning streak going taking on the Bunnies in the Round 4 opener. It was a close two point win over the Panthers for the Chooks in Round 3, while Souths got their mojo back with their victory over Newcastle. These time-honoured rivals bring all the history of the game into their clashes and it should be another beauty, especially with the Reynolds v Pearce match-up. The Bunnies are still suffering some serious injury losses and so the money has to go on the full-strength Roosters squad.
- Tip: Roosters by 12 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Penrith Panthers ($1.17) vs Newcastle Knights ($5.50)
Friday March 24, 2017 (6:00pm) – Pepper Stadium
Two teams down at the wrong end of the NRL Ladder early on do battle here, but looking at the markets it should be the Panthers by a mile. Last week Penrith were far from disgraced in their 12 – 14 loss to the Roosters, while Newcastle still sit with just the one win on the board. Bryce Cartwright is back for the big cats here and their forward pack looks imposing. If Penrith show up with the will to win, they’ll do just that with ease.
- Tip: Panthers by 16 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Brisbane Broncos ($1.65) vs Canberra Raiders ($2.30)
Friday March 24, 2017 (8:05pm) – Suncorp Stadium
Two of 2016’s best squads find themselves narrowly outside the Top 8 after the opening three rounds. Brisbane have done it really tough for the past couple of weeks, the Extra Time loss to the Cowboys followed up with their two point loss to Melbourne in Melbourne last Thursday night. Their defence continues to impress, but they need to hold strong and keep the momentum. The Raiders thrashed the Tigers (46 – 6) last Sunday and are on the shorter turnaround here. Home side advantage to the Broncos for one of the highlights of the round, and the stats aren’t in the Green Machine’s favour that’s for sure. From nine played at Suncorp the Raiders have lost eight times and they’ll find it hard to win again with a full-strength Broncos outfit.
- Tip: Brisbane by 10 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Manly Sea Eagles ($1.92) vs Canterbury Bulldogs ($1.92)
Saturday March 25, 2017 (4:30pm) – Brookvale Oval
In one of the shock Round 3 NRL Results, Manly posted their first win of the season in the big upset over a depleted Cowboys’ squad. This week at Brookie they host the Bulldogs who doubled the Warriors’ points for a 24 – 12 win last Friday night. It’s another long standing rivalry match here and Manly will be hoping skipper Daly Cherry-Evans has something to celebrate for his 150th game. There’s a milestone pending for Canterbury too with gun winger Brett Morris playing 200 games. Could come down to the weather and if it is played in the mud like the forecast is predicting, it’ll be the Doggies on top.
- Tip: Bulldogs by 6 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Parramatta Eels ($1.92) vs Cronulla Sharks ($1.92)
Saturday March 25, 2017 (7:00pm) – ANZ Stadium
The Eels are one of the genuine improvers in 2017 and find themselves in the Top 4, despite losing 26 – 14 against the Titans in a strange game last Friday night on the Gold Coast. The Sharks meanwhile went down by six last Sunday to the Dragons in another surprise result. What team atones here? Parramatta were pretty poor last weekend and they really need Corey Norman back. They get that here and that could prove the difference against the reigning Premiers who have been hit-and-miss so far this season. It’ll come down to the wire.
- Tip: Eels by 4 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Gold Coast Titans ($2.30) vs North Queensland Cowboys ($1.65)
Saturday March 25, 2017 (6:50pm) – CBUS Super Stadium
We’ve got a Queensland Derby at the Gold Coast on Saturday night and the money is on the visitors from up in North Queensland to bounce back. In Round 3 the understrength Cowboys were embarrassed by Manly, while the Titans (head knocks aside) took advantage of a poor Parra performance. The Titans get their second home game on the trot and Dale Copley and Daniel Vidot are set to debut for the club, adding some genuine intrigue. The NQ line-up is still without Scott and Taumalolo, could that be enough for a Titans upset?
- Tip: Titans by 2 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Wests Tigers ($2.70) vs Melbourne Storm ($1.50)
Sunday March 26, 2017 (4:00pm) – Leichhardt Oval
Wests are down in the Wooden Spoon position currently and simply didn’t show-up last weekend going down by 40 points to the Raiders in Canberra. The Storm meanwhile gave it their all in a really gutsy game to come away with a two point win over Brisbane and top the NRL Ladder. This should be a much easier affair for the table-topping Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, and they’ve proven a wet track is a non-issue after the recent victory in the mud in NZ. Adding to the Wests’ woes is this week’s sacking of coach Jason Taylor. Prepare for a bloodbath.
- Tip: Storm by 20+ – Ladbrokes.com.au
St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.92) vs New Zealand Warriors ($1.92)
Sunday March 26, 2017 (6:30pm) – Jubilee Oval
The Dragons get a full seven days between games after enjoying the confidence-boosting win over the Sharks in last round’s closer. This week the play the Warriors who were beaten by the Bulldogs last Friday night despite the match being played in Dunedin in NZ. Kieran Foran possibly debut for the Warriors is the unknown here that could make all the difference. That said, the Dragons have been impressive on the attack and history shows the Red V win against the Kiwis (19 wins from 24 played).
- Tip: Dragons by 12 – Ladbrokes.com.au
*All times quoted are AEDT and odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – subject to change