NRL Round 15 odds, schedule and times
NRL Round 15 starts on Thursday night, August 21, and finishes on Sunday afternoon. Our NRL betting expert has examined the odds in our usual Monday column highlighting what league action is on for the week ahead.
Finals are starting to loom large, with just six rounds remaining, and a four-point gap has opened up between eighth-placed Souths and ninth-placed Wests Tigers. Those teams just outside the eight are in the last-chance saloon; they need to win their remaining games or forget about the play-offs.
Round 15 kicks off on Thursday night with a heavyweight clash between third-placed Parramatta and second-placed Melbourne Storm, the new title favourites.
The Eels and Storm head into this vital clash at Bankwest Stadium off very different displays; the Storm cut the defending premiers Roosters to shreds, while the Eels lost to an emotion-charged St George-Illawarra, who were farewelling long-term coach Paul McGregor.
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But the Storm have lost another playmaker in halfback Jahrome Hughes (groin) to go along with the absence of Cameron Munster and Cameron Smith. Cooper Johns, son of league legend Matthew Johns, could make his debut in this huge clash.
Elsewhere, the Friday night clash between Penrith and Cronulla at Panthers Stadium should be a cracker. The Panthers are riding high atop the ladder, while the exciting Sharks need to keep winning to shore up a finals spot. There should be plenty of tries in this one.
On Saturday night, Souths can just about kill off injury-riddled Manly’s hopes with a win in their clash, while earlier Wests Tigers need to cause an upset against the Roosters to get back in the mix.
Newcastle host North Queensland to round out the week on Sunday afternoon and another win will keep them in the race for the top four.
NRL Premiership odds prior to Round 15
We have a new favourite for the 2020 NRL title. The Melbourne Storm have taken up the top mantle after their impressive win against the Roosters.
The Storm moved in with leading bookmaker Unitab in from $4.50 to $3.75, while The Roosters were $3.5 out to $4, where they are joined by the Panthers, who just keep winning.
Parramatta are out from $4.75 to $6, which we think is an overreaction by the odds-makers as they were playing against a team on a mission in the Dragons.
Cronulla continued to firm with betting sites, and are now into $29 from $34, while the Knights and Rabbits are staying in the race, both rated $21 chances.
Manly, though, are in all sorts of trouble with a string of injuries and gallant defeats, out from $41 to $67 and only a forlorn hope of making the finals.
NRL title odds 2020
$3.75 Melbourne Storm
$4 Sydney Roosters, Penrith Panthers
$6 Parramatta Eels
$12 Canberra Raiders
$21 Newcastle Knights, South Sydney Rabbitohs
$29 Cronulla Sharks
$67 Manly Sea Eagles
$151 Wests Tigers
$201 St George Illawarra Dragons
$501 New Zealand Warriors
$1001 Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys
$2501 Canterbury Bulldogs
NRL Round 15 fixture, odds and times
Thursday, August 20
- 7:50PM: Parramatta Eels $1.98 v Melbourne Storm $1.83
Friday, August 21
- 6PM: Penrith Panthers $1.30 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks $3.50
- 7:55PM: Brisbane Broncos $2.95 v St George Illawarra Dragons $1.41
Saturday, August 22
- 3PM: Gold Coast Titans $3.95 v Canberra Raiders $1.25
- 5:30PM: Wests Tigers $3.25 v Sydney Roosters $1.34
- 7:35PM: South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.41 v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles $2.95
Sunday, August 23
- 2PM: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $2.32 v New Zealand Warriors $1.62
- 4:05PM: Newcastle Knights $1.30 v North Queensland Cowboys $3.50
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