NRL 2017 Round 17 Betting Tips & Preview

The 2017 NRL Season continues with Round 17 over the weekend, the action kicking off last night with a one point win to the Eels over the Bulldogs.

Upset NRL Round 17 Tip: Cowboys to beat the Raiders @ $2.55 – Ladbrokes.com.au

If game one of the round is anything to go by, we’re in for a number of footy thrillers as so little separates the teams on this year’s NRL Ladder.

The finals are fast approaching and every point counts this time of year.

The pub game tonight has the 14th placed Titans at home as narrow underdogs to beat home the sixth ranked Dragons, before the action moves up to Brisbane with the Broncos taking on the Storm in a 3rd vs 1st clash not to be missed.

It’ll be close in the first on Saturday arvo with the second placed Chooks hosting the Sharks (5th) on the Central Coast, before this season’s surprise package Manly look to retain their Top 4 spot hosting the Warriors.

Later that night the Raiders take on the Cowboys, before two clashes on Sunday including the bottom-of-the-table Knights v Tigers ‘Wooden Spoon’ match.

Check out the full NRL Round 17 Draw below complete with our insider Rugby League betting tips and previews to take to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best odds all weekend long.

NRL ROUND 17

Parramatta Eels (13) def. (12) Canterbury Bulldogs

Thursday June 29, 2017 (7:50pm) – ANZ Stadium

Gold Coast Titans ($1.96) vs St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.88)

Friday June 30, 2017 (6:00pm) – CBUS Super Stadium

The Titans have slumped to 14th on the ladder, but do come off a win over the Tigers. They face a tougher ask at home tonight playing the Dragons who ended their losing streak last Sunday with a narrow effort over the Knights. Nothing separates these two in betting and the Gold Coast have really dropped off due to injury, not lack of trying, while St George have won just two games in a month. Historically there’s been little between these two on the scoreboard come games’ end, so tipping another tight affair. The Titans defence has let them down this season, but if they work on that they’re in for a narrow upset.

Brisbane Broncos ($2.30) vs Melbourne Storm ($1.65)

Friday June 30, 2017 (7:50pm) – Suncorp Stadium

A genuine Friday night blockbuster at the old Lang Park and Brisbane fans can find their side at a juicy price to beat the ladder-leading Storm. Melbourne lost for just the third time in 2017 when going down 25 – 24 to the Roosters in a golden point thriller. Brisbane meanwhile were ultra-brave travelling down to Canberra and getting the job done over the Raiders (30 – 20). Still, the bookies have the Storm as red hot favourites based on their 48 – 6 demolition job they did up in Brisbane in Round 17 last year. That was the Broncos biggest ever loss at Suncorp and you better believe Brisbane will be looking for revenge here. Benji Marshall has been back to his blistering best and leading the Broncos success for the past couple of weeks. He’ll need to keep that form up to hold out the Storm here who have a dominant record against Brisbane (27 wins to 13 from 41 played, plus one draw). Melbourne are 11 wins up from the past 13 played between these two sides, including the last six on the trot at Suncorp Stadium. It’ll be close, but too much screams the Storm.

Sydney Roosters ($1.70) vs Cronulla Sharks ($2.20)

Saturday July 1, 2017 (3:00pm) – Central Coast Stadium

Another likely early NRL Finals Preview plays out on the Central Coast on Saturday afternoon with the Roosters chasing their fourth win on the trot after their one-point effort over Melbourne thanks to the Pearce field goal last weekend. They host the reigning premiers who are down to fifth on the ladder after losing two of their past three played, including their embarrassing 35 – 18 loss to Manly last Sunday. The money is on the Tri-Colours to salute and get an important two points up before State Of Origin Game 3 depletes them of their rep stars again next round. Cronulla have won their past five against the Roosters on the trot, while the Chooks could also be in trouble considering they have lost their past eight straight at the venue. It’ll be down to the wire and one not to miss, narrowly won by the boot of Pearce again perhaps?

Manly Sea Eagles ($1.44) vs New Zealand Warriors ($2.90)

Saturday July 1, 2017 (5:30pm) – NIB Stadium

No idea what the Sea Eagles have been eating or drinking or doing in training, but whatever it is it is paying off big time. After a poor start to the season Manly are up into fourth spot on the ladder. They’ve enjoyed two byes, which has boosted their competition points, but they still have been ultra-impressive during this recent winning streak that included the tidy effort over the Sharks last round. The Warriors meanwhile have won their past two with a bye in between, but they’ll be needing all the luck on the road this weekend after their home effort over the Bulldogs in Round 16. Both clubs are travelling though with this Perth feature, but that works to the advantage of the ‘home side’ as the Warriors have never won in W.A. The form on Manly leading up to this is white-hot and it’s their game to lose.

Canberra Raiders ($1.55) vs North Queensland Cowboys ($2.55)

Saturday July 1, 2017 (7:30pm) – GIO Stadium

Canberra were meant to beat the Broncos here last weekend, but Brisbane came away with a 10 point victory. Another Saturday night and another Queensland team to defeat, the Raiders this time hosting the Cowboys who were also upset winners last weekend holding off Penrith by two points. Big price offered on North Queensland to win again, but they could be the value of the week with plenty of holes in the Canberra defence of late. The Cowboys new halves will have to learn quickly and the chilly weather in the nation’s capital suits the home side, but there’s a hint of an upset with Canberra losing confidence.

Newcastle Knights ($1.80) vs Wests Tigers ($2.05)

Sunday July 2, 2017 (2:00pm) – McDonald Jones Stadium

This is a game that is close in the odds, but that matters little except for avoiding the Wooden Spoon title for 2017. The season’s two most disappointing clubs face off and both are in awful form. The Knights have just two wins on the board, but are 15th after a couple of byes. Wests meanwhile are three wins from 15 played and their woes continued last weekend when they lost to Titans (14 – 26). Newcastle came closer only going down to the Dragons by 4 points and they get home advantage here. They need to play a full 80 minutes though and considering they’ve just stopped playing after the first half for most of 2017, that’ll be the difference. The Tigers are looking at their eighth straight loss, but the return of James Tedesco could be enough to end the drought. One of them has to win.

South Sydney Rabbitohs ($2.35) vs Penrith Panthers ($1.62)

Sunday July 2, 2017 (4:00pm) – ANZ Stadium

The Panthers went down to the Cowboys up in NQ HQ by two points last weekend, but are tipped to bounce back to winning form here in the round finisher taking on the Bunnies who are fresh off a bye. Souths enjoyed a big 36 – 20 win over the Gold Coast before the break and get Sam Burgess back here. He has played the Panthers eight times for six wins, scoring a try three times in his past two games against Penrith. The money is all on the big cats, but the Bunnies beat them back in Round 6 by a field-goal in the dying seconds so it’ll be closer than the odds suggest. Consistency hasn’t been the Rabbitohs strong point, but they might just have enough to sneak over at the big price.

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