2017 NRL Round 13 Tips & Betting Preview

After the action of State of Origin Game I we move back into the 2017 NRL Premiership this weekend with Round 13 marking the half-way point of the regular season.

Upset Round 13 NRL Tip: Tigers to beat St George @$3.90 – Ladbrokes.com.au

There are seven rugby league matches scheduled for the weekend with the Rabbitohs and Sharks enjoying a bye, things getting underway in Friday night football between two teams at exact opposite ends of the NRL Ladder.

The top-of-the-table Melbourne Storm outfit are clear favourites in NRL betting to get the job done over Wooden Spoon favourites Newcastle despite a cloud over a number of their Origin players backing-up from Wednesday night.

Other Round 13 NRL highlights include the Roosters (5th) v Broncos (4th) Top 4 showdown at Allianz Stadium on Saturday, the Queensland Derby taking place in Townsville between the Cowboys and Titans and the closely ranked Manly (6th) v Raiders (8th) showdown at Brookvale on Sunday afternoon.

Check out the full Round 13 NRL Draw for 2017 below complete with our insider footy tips to take to Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Footy Freaks.

NRL ROUND 13

Melbourne Storm ($1.17) vs Newcastle Knights ($5.25)

Friday June 2, 2017 (6:00pm) – AAMI Park

The Storm are nine-from-eleven to start the season and had a bye last week. They should have an easy time over the Knights who have posted just the two wins so far for the year. That said, this could be a little closer than markets suggest with plenty of Melbourne players having contested the tough Origin series opener on Wednesday night. Newcastle have been the worst side of the season though and this is a home game for the Storm outfit who get Jesse Bromwich back from suspension. Slater also missed the Origin call-up so the star fullback will be fit for this. Little other than the Origin impact giving any strength to a huge Newcastle upset.

Parramatta Eels ($1.67) vs New Zealand Warriors ($2.25)

Friday June 2, 2017 (7:50pm) – ANZ Stadium

The Eels host the Warriors in the other Friday clash and both clubs enjoyed Round 12 wins. Parramatta scored a notable upset over the Rabbitohs exactly a week ago and their side has been untouched by Origin football. The Warriors meanwhile were at home over a depleted Broncos outfit and this shapes-up as a much tougher affair in Sydney over a full strength side. The Eels are just one off a Top 8 position and look to have more to play for. Add in the fact the Warriors are winless away from home so far in 2017 and it looks like the favourites will salute in an exciting showdown.

St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.28) vs Wests Tigers ($3.90)

Saturday June 3, 2017 (3:00pm) – ANZ Stadium

The Dragons enjoyed a Round 11 win over the Warriors in NZ before the bye last weekend and back into third spot on the ladder. The host a disappointing Wests outfit who lost three on the trot before their week break with a bye and who are the underdogs for this. St George have surprised many with their solid performances so far this season and have named both Tyson Frizell and Josh Dugan to back-up from Origin. The Tigers meanwhile have a number out with injury and if star Blues fullback James Tedesco and fellow NSW player Aaron Woods are still on a high after Wednesday night, there’s a chance to stop the Dragons running away on the scoreboard and perhaps even winning?

Sydney Roosters ($1.70) vs Brisbane Broncos ($2.20)

Saturday June 3, 2017 (5:30pm) – Allianz Stadium

These teams sit equal on eight competition points on the ladder with the Broncos (4th) and Roosters (5th). Both suffered Round 12 losses as underdogs with Origin taking away their key players, but one side will bounce back and return to winning form. Before their loss across the Tasman to the Warriors Brisbane were in flying form posting six straight wins. The Roosters meanwhile were two on the trot before they went down to the Raiders last Sunday. Brisbane will be desperate to win and stay inside the Top 4, but how their rep players back-up will be key to whether they’ll get the upset. All six of their Maroons stars are down to play, plus they’ll be further boosted by the return of hooker Andrew McCullough who was out last week with concussion. Like the price on the visitors.

North Queensland Cowboys ($1.48) vs Gold Coast Titans ($2.75)

Saturday June 3, 2017 (7:30pm) – 1300SMILES Stadium

We head up to North Queensland for a derby between the Cowboys and Titans, the home side clear favourites to win. NQ went down four to the Sharks in Round 11 before last week’s bye, while the Gold Coast’s winning streak also ended a fortnight back when they lost to Manly 10 – 30 before also getting a break last week. It’s been a tough slog for the Cows without inspiration skipper Johnathan Thurston who missed an Origin game this week for the first time in over a decade due to injury. They are still favourites here even with JT still out and there’s the smell of an upset pending with Jarryd Hayne and Nathan Peats sure to be on a high for the Titans after the big win by the Blues in State of Origin Game 1. They’ve upset the Storm in recent weeks and look overs.

Manly Sea Eagles ($2.08) vs Canberra Raiders ($1.78)

Sunday June 4, 2017 (2:00pm) – Brookvale Oval

The first on Sunday takes place at Brookvale with the home side underdogs to hold out the Raiders who are chasing their third win on the trot. Manly should be fresh after a bye last week, before which they defeated the Titans by 20, but still the odds favour Canberra after they easily accounted for a Roosters side last Sunday who were without their Origin stars. This looks a bigger ask for the Green Machine who will be fired up for this after the two met in a gut-buster back in Round 8 that the Sea Eagles won by two. The Raiders are after revenge and Brookie hasn’t been the fortress for the Sea Eagles that it once was as they’ve won just one of their past six at the venue in 2017.

Canterbury Bulldogs ($2.08) vs Penrith Panthers ($1.78)

Sunday June 4, 2017 (4:00pm) – ANZ Stadium

Round 13 comes to a close at ANZ Stadium with the Bulldogs out to break a losing three-straight losing streak when they play Penrith who won back-to-back games before getting the freshen-up with a Round 12 bye. The Panthers are narrow favourites because of this and the fact that after a horror start to the season they’ve been slow burning improvers in recent weeks. The big cats have lost Bryce Cartwright (ankle) and Peter Wallace (groin) in two notable blows, but with three Bulldogs players backing-up from Origin it should be pretty even in that division. There’s more depth to the Panthers side than some would like to suggest and happy to stick with them.

*All times AEST and odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – subject to change