NRL Round 19 schedule, odds, title betting — Storm tighten grip on NRL
NRL Round 19 is scheduled to start on Thursday, July 22, with the Parramatta v Canberra clash from Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.
All matches for the round will be played in Queensland, where all the NRL teams have relocated because of Covid-19 outbreaks in NSW and Victoria.
Australian bookmakers have made the Eels short-priced favourites at around $1.26, with the ninth-placed Raiders at $3.75 and there plenty at stake for both teams.
Ricky Stuart’s side needs a win to stay right in the hunt for a finals spot, while Parra can shore up their top-four spot as they sit among the teams most likely to challenge big guns Melbourne and Penrith come finals time.
The Roosters are similarly short-priced favourites in the early match on Friday as they try to keep the pressure on the Eels for a top-four spot when they take on the Knights at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
The Knights have worked their way to 10th after a terrible start to the season, but they are decimated for this clash with brilliant fullback Kalyn Ponga and prop David Klemmer suffering head knocks and unlikely to be available, along with halfback Mitch Pearce (hamstring).
On Super Saturday, Souths will be without flying winger Alex Johnston (hamstring) when they take on the New Zealand Warriors at Sunshine Coast Stadium, while the Kiwis have lost star forward Tohu Harris to a serious knee injury.
That match is followed by a double-header at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, while the round concludes with another double-header, this time at Cbus Super Stadium at the Gold Coast, on Sunday.
NRL Premiership odds before Round 19
Melbourne have tightened their grip further on betting for the NRL title as they shortened to $2.40 with leading Australian bookies TopSport.
Melbourne are in good shape with the finals starting to loom, while the powerful Panthers have a few injury concerns and are sweating on the return of star halves Nathan Cleary (shoulder) and Jarome Luai (knee).
Penrith are out to $3.50, while Parramatta moved from $11 to $9.50 as they took a firm grip on a top-four spot, while Manly are the only other team given much team, firming from $14 to $12.
Sydney Roosters were all the way out to $21, while the Raiders were $126 to $51 but they will ease again if they can’t upset the Eels on Thursday night.
Elsewhere the Knights’ season looks dead as they blew from $51 to $81 and the same could be said for the inconsistent Titans ($101 to $151).
NRL title odds 2021
$2.40 Melbourne Storm
$3.50 Penrith Panthers
$5.50 South Sydney Rabbitohs
$9.50 Parramatta Eels
$12 Manly Sea Eagles
$21 Sydney Roosters
$51 Canberra Raiders
$81 Newcastle Knights
$101 Cronulla Sharks
$151 Gold Coast Titans
$201 New Zealand Warriors, St George Illawarra Dragons
$251 Brisbane Broncos
$501 North Queensland Cowboys, Wests Tigers,
$1001 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
NRL Round 19 fixture, odds and times
Thursday, July 22
- 7.50pm: Parramatta Eels $1.26 v Canberra Raiders $3.75
Friday, July 23
- 6pm: Sydney Roosters $1.36 v Newcastle Knights $3.10
- 7.55pm: North Queensland Cowboys $8.50 v Melbourne Storm $1.07
Saturday, July 24
- 3pm: South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.19 v New Zealand Warriors $4.60
- 5.30pm: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles $1.17 v Wests Tigers $5
- 7.35pm: Penrith Panthers $1.19 v Brisbane Broncos $4.60
Sunday, July 25
- 1.50pm: St George Illawarra Dragons $2.40 v Gold Coast Titans $1.57
- 4.05pm: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $3.90 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks $1.25
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