ANZAC Round of the NRL 2017 Telstra Premiership kicks off with a Friday night double-header at and is headlined by Tuesday’s traditional Dragons v Roosters clash on Tuesday.
Upset NRL Round 8 Tip: Titans to beat the Sharks @ $3.80 – Ladbrokes.com.au
The ‘pub-game’ tonight at 6pm features an in-form Raiders outfit shooting for a fourth win on the trot hosting the Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium, Manly looking to end a recent slump of form.
Next-up in Sydney the Bunnies take on the Broncos, Brisbane after a third win on the trot after the narrow victory over the Titans in a cracking Queensland Derby last round.
The Gold Coast play on Saturday against the third-ranked Sharks and are at big odds, while Tuesday sees to ANZAC Day features starting with the Sydney v St. George blockbuster before the second-ranked Storm host the Raiders at AAMI Park.
Check out the full NRL Round 8 draw, rugby league betting odds and footy tips below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to the weekend’s best markets.
NRL ROUND 8
Canberra Raiders ($1.26) v Manly Sea Eagles ($4)
Friday April 21, 2017 (6:00pm) – GIO Stadium
The Raiders are clear favourites with home advantage for the round opener and are into the Top 5 after winning their past three on the trot including last week’s good victory over the Warriors. Manly meanwhile are looking at a third straight loss having lost their earlier surprise form. They weren’t disgraced by the Storm last Saturday however, only going down by four, but are at around $4 for an upset here against the Green Machine. Manly have a strong record at GIO Stadium, but the Raiders look to just be warming up and if the home squad get away with an early lead they’ll blitz the visitors.
- Tip: Raiders by 12 – Ladbrokes.com.au
South Sydney Rabbitohs ($3.40) v Brisbane Broncos ($1.33)
Friday April 21, 2017 (7:50pm) – ANZ Stadium
The Bunnies v Broncos clash shapes-up as a beauty despite the two sitting five spots away from each other on the current NRL Ladder. Brisbane are in sixth spot having won back-to-back games, but last week’s hard-fought win over a gutsy Titans team will have taken a pretty big toll. They also play with Kahu who has been one of their best on the field all season. The money is still firmly on the travelling Brisbane outfit as Souths look to bounce back from the 24 – 9 loss having let the Bulldogs runaway late last Friday night. This is a must-win for the Bunnies, who benefit from the not-guilty decision allowing Sam Burgess to boost their cavalry. Still, an exciting halves combo (Nikorima & Milford) in the Broncos’ line-up should see them cruise to an easy 13+ win.
- Tip: Brisbane by 13+ – Ladbrokes.com.au
Parramatta Eels ($2.25) v Penrith Panthers ($1.68)
Saturday April 22, 2017 (4:00pm) – ANZ Stadium
On the quick back-up having narrowly held off the Tigers in Monday night footy, the Eels host Penrith in the first on Saturday. Parramatta finally ended a losing streak, but are underdogs for this. The Panthers come off a hard 28 – 2 loss to the Sharks and are out to atone in this battle of the west. It’s a tougher game to tip than the odds suggest, with both teams always lifting for their battles. Based on the Eels coming from behind to get the win on the board last round, think they could prove the value.
- Tip: Eels by 4 – Ladbrokes.com.au
North Queensland Cowboys ($1.30) v Newcastle Knights ($3.65)
Saturday April 22, 2017 (5:30pm) – 1300SMILES Stadium
The Cowboys are at home here and are teetering in eighth spot after back-to-back losses. No JT has been hard for the North Queensland crew, but they should break the cycle with Wooden Spoon favourites the Knights unable to put up much of a fight. Thurston is still out this round, but their comeback to make their 28 – 22 loss to the Dragons last Saturday respectable was solid. Newcastle meanwhile were woeful once again going down 24 – 6 to Sydney and it has been over 12 months between away wins for the Knights. That won’t change here.
- Tip: Cowboys by 13 + – Ladbrokes.com.au
Cronulla Sharks ($1.29) v Gold Coast Titans ($3.80)
Saturday April 22, 2017 (7:30pm) – Southern Cross Group Stadium
Reigning Premiers Cronulla are currently right up in third spot after extending their winning streak to four last Sunday in Penrith. The Panthers were horrible and put up no fight in the 28 – 2 result, giving the Sharks another confidence booster. At home Cronulla are clear favourites to beat the fifteenth-ranked Titans who lost their fourth straight game last week in Brisbane. The Gold Coast gave it everything in that tough loss and were pretty unlucky not to come away with the two points. That will have either given them confidence of matching it with better teams or gutted them, and whether or not they show up for this will make that clear. If Cronulla are complacent, the Titans are a big chance at big odds.
- Tip: Titans by 8 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Wests Tigers ($2.55) v Canterbury Bulldogs ($1.55)
Sunday April 23, 2017 (4:00pm) – ANZ Stadium
The Tigers have won just one of their past five and have a tough clash on Sunday against an in-form Bulldogs crew who chase a fourth win on the trot. Canterbury broke through late in their game against the Bunnies last Friday night, extending their winning score to a flattering 24 – 9. The Tigers meanwhile went down by four to Parra after giving away a big early lead in an embarrassing effort. History shows the Bulldogs are nine wins from the past 11 played against the Tigers and the odds say they’ll add to that imposing record this weekend. As away favourites they’re five from their past six and they should be hard to stop here.
- Tip: Bulldogs by 10 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Sydney Roosters ($1.65) v St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.30)
Tuesday April 25, 2017 (4:00pm) – Allianz Stadium
The big ANZAC Day clash between the Tri-Colours and the ladder-leading Dragons should be a ripper. St. George are topping the table having won all but one of their seven played this season including the 28 – 22 win over the Cowboys. The Roosters meanwhile are also Top 4 after getting back to winning form last weekend with the easy win over Newcastle. The Red V always lift for this traditional showdown, but betting favours the Chooks and they should finish on top.
- Tip: Roosters by 6 – Ladbrokes.com.au
Melbourne Storm ($1.29) v New Zealand Warriors ($3.80)
Tuesday April 25, 2017 (7:00pm) – AAMI Park
The second ANZAC Day clash has the second-ranked Storm hosting the Warriors and it could be a long night for New Zealand. They enjoyed back-to-back wins before last week’s loss to the Raiders and are at a big price to stop Melbourne in Melbourne. The Storm were given a second-half scare by Manly last round, but their record as home favourites shows 9 wins from their past 12 played in that scenario. The Warriors are as inconsistent as ever in 2017 and it is hard to make a case for the visitors here.
- Tip: Melbourne by 12 – Ladbrokes.com.au
*All times quoted (AEST) and odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – subject to change