NRL Round 11 odds and schedule; Souths-Penrith match of round
NRL Round 11 starts on Thursday, May 20, with the Cowboys-Knights game from Townsville and runs through to Sunday evening. Our NRL betting expert examines the NRL action for the week ahead.
We have to wait until Sunday for the clear match of the round between South Sydney and Penrith in the unlikely venue of Apex Oval, Dubbo.
The match shapes as a genuine blockbuster between the unbeaten Panthers and the dangerous Souths, who along with Melbourne Storm and Parramatta seem likely challengers come grand final time.
An under-strength Souths were flogged 50-0 a fortnight ago by the Storm but righted the ship with a shaky win over Cronulla at the weekend.
The Rabbitohs will get a big boost for the match against the Panthers with the return of electric fullback Latrell Mitchell from a four-week suspension, though they still have a hefty injury list.
Penrith will quite rightly go into the match as short-priced favourites. They have won their first 10 matches of the season in great style and have close to their strongest team available, with powerful second-rower Kurt Capewell likely to be available again after missing the win over the Titans with a head knock.
Elsewhere, the Raiders-Storm clash on Saturday night would ordinarily be seen as a blockbuster but the Canberra side is struggling, following five straight losses with a narrow win over bottom side Canterbury at the weekend.
Now they have been hit with judiciary problems with star trio prop Josh Papalii, pivot Jack Wighton and hooker Josh Hodgson all facing suspensions from the weekend’s game.
The Storm seem certain to be without ace fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen after he suffered concussion in a high tackle that resulted in Dragons centre Tyrell Fuimaono being sent off early in their match on Sunday.
NRL Round 11 concludes with an interesting stoush between impressive Parramatta and Manly, who are making a charge for the finals and are a different side with NSW ace Tom Trbejovic back in the No.1 jersey.
NRL Premiership odds before Round 11
There was not a lot of movement towards the pointy end of betting after NRL Magic Round in which all eight matches were played in Brisbane and mostly went according to script.
Penrith Panthers just keep gradually shortening with bookmakers each week, this week from $3 into $2.80, while defending premiers Melbourne are similarly being kept very safe in betting.
Parramatta have dropped just one match this season but somehow have managed to fly under the radar for many punters. After their win over the Warriors they were $7 to $6.50, where they join Souths ($6 to $6.50) on the third line of betting.
Elsewhere, Gold Coast and St George Illawarra were both $41 out to $51 with rising bookies TopSport.
The disappointing Knights were rudderless without Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga and have drifted from $51 to $101 after being outgunned by Wests Tigers on Friday night.
NZ Warriors were $71 out to $101 and a loss to Wests Tigers on Friday night would leave them with a huge mountain to climb just to get back into finals contention.
NRL title odds 2021
$2.80 Penrith Panthers
$3.70 Melbourne Storm
$6.50 South Sydney Rabbitohs, Parramatta Eels
$9.50 Sydney Roosters
$26 Manly Sea Eagles
$31 Canberra Raiders
$51 Gold Coast Titans, St George Illawarra Dragons
$101 Newcastle Knights, New Zealand Warriors
$151 North Queensland Cowboys
$201 Brisbane Broncos
$251 Cronulla Sharks, Wests Tigers
$1001 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
NRL Round 11 fixture, odds and times
Thursday, May 20
- 7.50pm: North Queensland Cowboys $1.60 v Newcastle Knights $2.35
Friday, May 21
- 6pm: New Zealand Warriors $1.55 v Wests Tigers $2.45
- 7.55pm: Cronulla Sharks $2 v St George Illawarra Dragons $1.80
Saturday, May 22
- 3pm Gold Coast Titans $1.22 v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $4.25
- 5.30pm Sydney Roosters $1.14 v Brisbane Broncos $5.50
- 7.35pm: Canberra Raiders $5.50 v Melbourne Storm $1.14
Sunday, May 23
- 2pm: South Sydney Rabbitohs $3.10 v Penrith Panthers $1.36
- 4.05pm: Parramatta Eels $1.55 v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles $2.45
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