NRL Round 9 2017 Tips & Betting Preview

The 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership moves into Round 9 and Thursday night footy is back to kick things off.

Upset NRL Round 9 Tip: Bulldogs to beat Canberra @ $2.75 through Ladbrokes.com.au

The fifth-ranked Broncos are on the up-and-up and shoot for a fourth win on the trot when they host the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium.

The Friday night double header sees the Rabbitohs host the Sea Eagles first-up, before the Cowboys look for their second straight win at 1300Smiles Stadium taking on the Eels who come off back-to-back victories.

Saturday afternoon as a bottom of the table showdown between the Titans (15th) and Knights (16th), the home side huge favourites at the Gold Coast to get the job done after a surprise win over the Sharks in Round 8.

The Bulldogs are at big NRL odds to beat the Raiders on Saturday night, before the Tigers look for a home win at Leichhardt Oval over the fourth-ranked Sharks.

The first of the two Sunday games sees the third-placed Chooks heading across the Tasman to take on the Warriors, both teams having played on ANZAC Day, before the round highlight takes place at WIN Stadium with the Dragons (2nd) hosting the top-of-the-ladder Storm (1st) outfit.

Check out the full NRL Round 9 2017 draw and rugby league betting tips below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for NRL Season Pricing across the year!

NRL ROUND 9

Brisbane Broncos ($1.42) vs Penrith Panthers ($2.95)

Thursday April 27, 2017 (7:50pm) – Suncorp Stadium

The round opener has the Broncos at home playing Penrith, Brisbane into fifth after their controversial one point win over the Bunnies last week. They were tipped to win by a far bigger margin and had a few calls go their way, but are on a roll chasing their fourth on the trot while Penrith come off the loss to the Eels from last Saturday night. The Panthers are now a month between wins and face a Broncos outfit boosted by the return of Jordan Kahu. Brisbane have been completing sets very well all season, but Penrith have a very good recent record against the Broncos winning four of their past five matches including both from 2016. From the last seven meetings between these two, six included a field goal so that could be the bet to place.

South Sydney Rabbitohs ($2.15) vs Manly Sea Eagles ($1.73)

Friday April 28, 2017 (6:00pm) – Allianz Stadium

Souths are looking down the barrel of three straight losses, but really could have beaten Brisbane in the narrow loss last week if a few things had gone their way. They play Manly this week, the Sea Eagles back to winning form defeating the Raiders in Canberra a week ago come Friday night. Betting favours the visitors who were guts against the Green Machine, but the Bunnies will be boosted by the return from injury of Adam Reynolds. There won’t be much in it, but Manly have been good away from Brookvale this season and that should continue here.

North Queensland Cowboys ($1.52) vs Parramatta Eels ($2.60)

Friday April 28, 2017 (7:50pm) – 1300SMILES Stadium

The earlier loss of Thurston has proved a massive blow for the Cowboys, but they enjoyed their first win in three weeks over the season’s worst Newcastle last weekend. They get another home game for this and are favourites to beat Parr, despite the Eels having made it two wins on the trot with their Round 8 victory over Penrith. The Top 4 is not out of North Queensland’s reach with a win here, and there’s a chance JT will return to lead his boys around. If he is in, they’ll be hard to hold out. That said, the price offered on the Eels seems generous especially looking at the stellar lead-up form of Corey Norman.

Gold Coast Titans ($1.25) vs Newcastle Knights ($4.20)

Saturday April 29, 2017 (3:00pm) – CBUS Super Stadium

The Gold Coast are second last on the ladder currently, but they look on the improve after the gutsy loss to Brisbane two back before the upset win over the Sharks last week that we tipped. They are at home for this and take on the only team worse than them this season, the Knights, who still only have the one win on the board. That was actually over the Titans, but for the rematch it is hard to see Newcastle getting the better of the Gold Coast again who have been pretty impressive over the past fortnight.

Canterbury Bulldogs ($2.75) vs Canberra Raiders ($1.48)

Saturday April 29, 2017 (5:30pm) – ANZ Stadium

Canterbury are just out of the Top 8 after losing to the Tigers last Sunday and are underdogs to beat the visiting Raiders here who are out to atone for their Round 8 loss to the Sea Eagles. These two can hardly be split on the ladder and this is a must win for whoever wants to sit inside that finals zone with the Rep Round pending. Josh Reynolds is fired-up and posting plenty of four-pointers for the Bulldogs, giving the roughies a big chance to stop the inconsistent Raiders outfit.

Wests Tigers ($2.70) vs Cronulla Sharks ($1.50)

Saturday April 29, 2017 (7:30pm) – Leichhardt Oval

Wests are at home this week and come off a six point win over Canterbury from last Sunday, while the reigning Premiers the Sharks are out to make-up for their upset four point loss to the Titans a day earlier. Despite the Round 8 NRL Results, the money is on Cronulla to bounce back here and stay inside the Top 4. It’s been a horror season off the field for the Tigers, but the Ivan Cleary-coached boys look to be fighting back. The Sharks record at Leichhardt leaves plenty to be desired as they have just the two wins from seven games played at the venue, plus they are leading the season for most errors. Their defence though has been excellent though and with the Tigers hot-and-cold, they should have enough to not lose back-to-back.

New Zealand Warriors ($2.05) vs Sydney Roosters ($1.80)

Sunday April 30, 2017 (2:00pm) – Mt Smart Stadium

The Warriors lost to the Storm in their ANZAC Day clash, but are back at home taking on the third-ranked Chooks here. Sydney are also backing-up from a Tuesday thriller when beating the Dragons by one point in extra time. It’s a tough trip across the Tasman after that performance, but they are narrow favourites over the home side for this Sunday afternoon clash. New Zealand won both their 2016 games over the Tricolours, but the Roosters shape-up as the better side this season and should come up trumps in a tight battle.

St George Illawarra Dragons ($3) vs Melbourne Storm ($1.42)

Sunday April 30, 2017 (4:00pm) – WIN Stadium

Saving the best till last, Round 9 finishes-up with a cracking top-of-the-table showdown between the second-ranked Dragons and the Storm who took over in the number one spot on the ladder after their win over the Warriors on ANZAC Day. Both teams are on the short turnaround after giving it their all on Tuesday, including the Dragons who went down a single point in extra time to the Roosters. Storm are clear favourites for this, especially as St George have lost Gareth Widdop to injury for at least six weeks. Melbourne also get the bye next week so can run the tank empty for this.

*All odds quoted from Ladbrokes.com.au & times (AEST) – subject to change