NRL Round 16 odds, schedule and times
NRL Round 16 kicks off on Thursday night, August 27, with the match of the round between Parramatta and South Sydney at Bankwest Stadium. Round 16 finishes on Sunday night. Our NRL betting expert has examined the odds in our usual Monday column highlighting what league action is on for the week ahead.
No doubt the Eels-Rabbitohs clash is the most important of the round; it is the chance for the Bunnies under Wayne Bennett to stake a late claim for a top-four spot, while the Eels need to win to stay in the chase for the minor premiership.
Bookmakers have made the Eels $1.46 in early markets against Souths ($2.75), with line set at 6.5 points.
That’s probably a fair assessment given how healthy the Eels squad is in comparison to most top-end rivals. Parra have just one play unavailable because of injury: forward Peni Terepo.
Meanwhile the Bunnies will regain Liam Knight from suspension, but have doubts over back-line flyers Dane Gagai (hamstring) and Alex Johnston (head knock).
The action continues on Friday night with St George Illawarra ($1.30) playing Gold Coast Titans ($3.50) and then the Sydney Roosters at a miserly $1.04 against the hapless Brisbane Broncos ($11).
It’s the first time I can recall seeing the might Broncos at such a lofty price in a head-to-head contest. The Roosters are expected the finally regain captain Boyd Cordner after a long break with concussion, while winger Daniel Tupou (ankle) should be ready to replace Matt Ikuvalu, who suffered an injury at the weekend.
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Newcastle ($1.34) should continues their push for top-four spot by beating the NZ Warriors ($3.25) in the early match on Saturday.
In the middle match on Super Saturday, Cronulla are expected to maintain their hold on eighth place by beating North Queensland, who will lose superstar Jason Taumalolo to a calf injury.
Then Penrith ($1.12), who have one hand on the minor premiership trophy, should continue on their winning way against Wests Tigers ($6.25).
On Sunday, Melbourne Storm face Manly Warringah, before the round is closed out by the Canberra Raiders v Canterbury Bankstown match from GIO Stadium in Canberra.
NRL Premiership odds prior to Round 16
There has been little movement among the front-runners in NRL premiership betting after round 15 went pretty much to script with no real upsets.
Storm stay firm at the top of betting at $3.75, despite their 14-0 loss to the Eels, which leaves those two teams locked on 24 points in second and third place. Penrith are now three points clear at the top after their convincing win against the Sharks.
More worrying for Melbourne is that they suffered another major injury blow with hooker Brandon Smith suffering a broken jaw and unlikely to be available again before the finals. That is tempered somewhat by the pending return of legendary hooker Cameron Smith in round 16, along with halfback Jahrome Hughes.
The battle for fourth spot heading towards the finals is far tighter, with the Roosters fourth but tied on 20 points with the Raiders and only one point clear of Newcastle, who have their own injury crisis. The Knights have lost mid-season recruit Blake Green for the rest of the season, with the veteran five-eighth suffering a suspected ACL tear.
Canberra have firmed up slightly to $11 with betting sites, and are rated the only other team likely to challenge the big four of Melbourne, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta and Penrith.
Bookies have put a line through injury-riddled Manly, who are out from $67 to $151 with Unibet.
NRL title odds 2020
$3.75 Melbourne Storm
$4 Sydney Roosters, Penrith Panthers
$6 Parramatta Eels
$11 Canberra Raiders
$21 Newcastle Knights, South Sydney Rabbitohs
$41 Cronulla Sharks
$151 Manly Sea Eagles
$156 St George Illawarra Dragons
$251 Wests Tigers, New Zealand Warriors
$1501 Gold Coast Titans, North Queensland Cowboys
$2501 Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury Bulldogs
NRL Round 16 fixture, odds and times
Thursday, August 27
- 7:50PM: Parramatta Eels $1.46 v South Sydney Rabbitohs $2.75
Friday, August 28
- 6PM: St George Illawarra Dragons $1.30 v Gold Coast Titans $3.50
- 7:55PM: Sydney Roosters $1.04 v Brisbane Broncos $11
Saturday, August 29
- 3PM: New Zealand Warriors $3.25 v Newcastle Knights $1.34
- 5:30PM: Cronulla Sharks $1.24 v North Queensland Cowboys $4.10
- 7:35PM: Penrith Panthers $1.12 v Wests Tigers $6.25
Sunday, August 30
- 4:05PM: Melbourne Storm $1.24 v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles $4.10
- 6:30PM: Canberra Raiders $1.12 v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $6.25
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