NRL Round 9 odds, title update and schedule 2022; Panthers v Eels match of round
NRL Round 9, 2022, kicks off on Thursday, May 5, with the South Sydney-Broncos rematch at Accor Stadium in Sydney. We offer some insight into NRL round nine.
The Rabbitohs-Broncos match should be fascinating given how the Broncos ambushed the premiership fancies in round 1 with an 11-4 win at Suncorp Stadium.
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That match was much hyped as Souths legend Adam Reynolds’ first match against his old club, but he of course did not play thanks to a case of COVID-19.
Reynolds will be there this time, but we think Souths will be too strong in Sydney, especially with the injury crisis which has engulfed the Broncos of late. Superstar front-rower Payne Haas (shoulder) and star off-season recruit Kurt Capewell (neck) will both miss, leaving the Broncos exposed against what is a powerful Bunnies pack.
The match of the round is the Friday night contest between the defending premiers Penrith, and title hopefuls Parramatta.
The Panthers are sailing along unbeaten after eight matches this season, while the Eels have hit the skids in recent weeks with losses to Wests Tigers and North Queensland.
Bookies have made the Panthers short-priced favourites at $1.23 to continue on their winning way, with the line set at around 13.5 points. That is remarkable when you consider the Eels are fourth overall in title betting.
Penrith are close to unbeatable at home and should get the job done, but you can expect a big reaction from the tough Eels, so taking them with the start should not be a bad play.
Elsewhere, there are several glaring mismatches, though we are not keen to take the short price about the emerging Cowboys on Saturday night. The Knights +14.5 points appeal.
NRL Premiership odds before Round 9, 2022
It’s all about the big two as the Panthers and Storm clear out from the rest in title betting. The Panthers have firmed every week as they have remained undefeated with the latest move from $2.90 to $2.70, while the Storm were $3.60 to 3.20 in the past week.
Unless either team has an injury crisis, they are looking like a certain grand final match-up.
Elsewhere, the third team in the betting Cronulla eased from $7 to $10 after their ugly loss to the Broncos, while the struggling Roosters eased from $8 to $13.
North Queensland were big movers from $81 to $26 but we want to see a couple more wins against good opposition before we declare them back in the title race.
NRL title odds 2022
$2.70 Penrith Panthers
$3.20 Melbourne Storm
$10 Cronulla Sharks
$11 Parramatta Eels
$13 Sydney Roosters
$15 Manly Sea Eagles
$19 South Sydney Rabbitohs
$26 North Queensland Cowboys
$67 Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons
$101 New Zealand Warriors
$151 Canberra Raiders, Wests Tigers
$251 Gold Coast Titans, Newcastle Knights, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
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NRL Round 9 fixture, odds and times
Thursday, May 5
- 7.50pm: South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.27 v Brisbane Broncos $3.75
Friday, May 6
- 6pm: Canberra Raiders $1.77 v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $2.05
- 7.55pm: Penrith Panthers $1.23 v Parramatta Eels $4.20
Saturday, May 7
- 3pm: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles $1.22 v Wests Tigers $4.25
- 5.30pm: Sydney Roosters $1.30 v Gold Coast Titans $3.50
- 7.35pm: North Queensland Cowboys $1.20 v Newcastle Knights $4.60
Sunday, May 8
- 2pm: Melbourne Storm $1.05 v St George Illawarra Dragons $10
- 4.05pm: Cronulla Sharks $1.18 v New Zealand Warriors $4.80
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