2017 NRL Round 18 Draw, Betting Odds & Tips

We’ve got the latest short round of the NRL 2017 Telstra Premiership with just four matches slated to take place over the weekend thanks to Wednesday’s State of Origin decider back up in Brisbane.

NRL Round 18 Tip of the Week: Manly to beat Penrith @ $1.92 – Ladbrokes.com.au

Plenty of the eight NRL teams on show for Round 18 have been hit hard by Origin selections, opening it up for some of the lower-seeded clubs to make a charge towards the September footy finals.

For fans keen to get behind their boys to handle the omissions, there’s plenty of value to be had across the 2017 Round 18 draw including $2.35 at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Roosters to beat the Bunnies tonight.

Check out the full Round 18 NRL Draw below complete with our insider rugby league betting tips and the latest footy odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Footy Freaks!

NRL ROUND 18

Sydney Roosters ($2.35) vs South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.62)

Friday July 7, 2017 (7:50pm) – Allianz Stadium

The Roosters are fourth on the NRL Ladder, but with a host of their best on Origin duty they are underdogs at Allianz Stadium in Friday night footy against the Rabbitohs. Things went badly amiss for the Tri-Colours last week when they were flogged 44 – 12 by the Sharks. Souths meanwhile absolutely ran away from a pathetic Panthers outfit winning 42 – 14 on Sunday afternoon. Based on those performances, the Bunnies are deserving favourites here especially with the Chooks playing without the likes of halfback Mitchell Pearce, big prop Dylan Napa and winger Blake Ferguson. The Roosters are by far the better team and will be back on track in a week or two, but think the bookies have this result tipped.

Penrith Panthers ($1.92) vs Manly Sea Eagles ($1.92)

Saturday July 8, 2017 (5:30pm) – Pepper Stadium

Manly are by far the 2017 surprise package of the season and are surging towards the finals with all the momentum. Last weekend they beat the Warriors by four after coming back from an early 16 – nil deficit, while their rivals for this were flogged by the Bunnies. The NRL odds though are even with nothing separating the two thanks to some key injuries evening up the playing field. In a boost for the Sea Eagles though, they retain Daly Cherry-Evans who was overlooked by the Maroons’ selectors for State Of Origin Game 3. This is a must-win for the Panthers if they are to make the eight and they’ll be desperate to make amends for last weekend’s failure. But, the low error rate of Manly this season and DCE in the line-up should see the Sea Eagles continue their winning streak.

Melbourne Storm ($2.50) vs Parramatta Eels ($1.57)

Saturday July 8, 2017 (7:30pm) – AAMI Park

The Storm remain in top spot on the ladder with 13 wins from 16 played for 2017 to date, but they’ll start this Saturday night home game as underdogs to the Eels due to the loss of their spine. Last week a full-strength Melbourne squad headed up to their favourite venue – Lang Park – and handed it to Brisbane with a 42 – 12 runaway win that was almost identical to the same match the year before. The Eels meanwhile are just hanging onto their eighth spot thanks to their one-point golden-time win over the Bulldogs last Thursday night. Parra get the longer turnaround and will be out to capitalise on the depleted league-leaders line-up who have six absent (Smith, Slater, Cronk, Chambers, Glasby, Munster). The Eels haven’t reached the NRL Finals since 2009, so there’s more incentive than ever to get there this year.

Canterbury Bulldogs ($1.38) vs Newcastle Knights ($3.15)

Sunday July 9, 2017 (4:00pm) – Belmore Sports Ground

Canterbury are on the slide dropping to 13th spot after losing their second on the trot in the devastatingly close one-point defeat last week. They are short favourites to atone on Sunday arvo however taking on the season’s worst. Newcastle have just two wins on the board for 2017 and were woeful again last round going down 12 – 33 to the Tigers. This should be an easy kill for the Bulldogs even with the loss of Brett Morris, Josh Jackson and David Klemmer to Origin. The favourites have more points in them, especially up the middle, and their forward pack is far stronger than that of Newcastle.

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