NRL Round 19 odds, schedule and times
NRL Round 19 kicks off on Thursday night, September 17, with the South Sydney-Canterbury clash and 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.
The final eight has been locked in with two rounds left after Cronulla fought off a spirited New Zealand Warriors side 22-14 on Sunday.
But the make-up of the final eight will still be a fascinating topic in the next fortnight.
Penrith, who have won 13 matches in a row, and Melbourne are safe in the top two spots, while the two-time defending premiers Sydney Roosters are solid in third.
But fourth-placed Parramatta cannot afford a slip-up in their next two matches with fifth-placed Canberra just one win behind and having a better points differential than the Eels.
Fortunately for Brad Arthur’s Eels, they have two matches they should win against the Broncos on Friday night and Wests Tigers the following week. Meanwhile, the Raiders have the New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla Sharks in their last two regular-season matches.
The best match of round 19 looms as the Roosters-Sharks clash on Saturday night at the SCG, with a win enough to lock in a double chance in the finals for the Roosters.
Bookies have made the Roosters $1.10 favourites in early betting against the Sharks ($7), though they may be again without captain Boyd Cordner, who suffered another head knock against Newcastle at the weekend. It will be interesting measure of where the Sharks are at and whether they can cause a surprise or two in the finals.
There are a lot of seemingly one-sided matches scheduled for round 19 as some of the also rans start turning their minds to off-season holidays, but we see the best chance of an ”upset” as the Gold Coast Titans against Manly at Lottoland Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Sea Eagles’ horror injury toll only increased at the weekend with playmaker Cade Cust (ankle) and Addin Fonua-Blake (knee) unlikely toplay again this season.
NRL Premiership odds before Round 19
There was not a lot of movement in premiership betting after round 18 with the obvious exception that only eight teams remain in the hunt.
Penrith have moved up to second favourites for the title at $3.50 behind the Roosters after the Panthers notched up another win. There is a school of thought that they would be better off dropping a game before the finals but we don’t subscribe to that. Don’t tamper with good form!
Parramatta were $9 out to $12 after their dismal 20-2 loss to the Panthers, and it seems the betting sites give only the top three teams a shot at the NRL title, though the Raiders firmed from $15 to $13 with their top-four hopes still alive.
NRL title odds 2020
$3 Sydney Roosters
$3.50 Penrith Panthers
$3.75 Melbourne Storm
$12 Parramatta Eels
$13 Canberra Raiders
$21 South Sydney Rabbitohs
$51 Newcastle Knights
$67 Cronulla Sharks
NRL Round 19 fixture, odds and times
Thursday, September 17
- 7:50PM: South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.15 v Canterbury Bulldogs $5.75
Friday, September 18
- 6PM: North Queensland Cowboys $5.50 v Penrith Panthers $1.14
- 7:55PM: Parramatta Eels $1.14 v Brisbane Broncos $5.60
Saturday, September 19
- 3PM: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles $1.50 v Gold Coast Titans $2.63
- 5:30PM: Melbourne Storm $1.12 v Wests Tigers $6
- 7:35PM: Sydney Roosters $1.10 v Cronulla Sharks $7
Sunday, September 20
- 2PM: Canberra Raiders $1.14 v New Zealand Warriors $5.50
- 4:05PM: Newcastle Knights $1.42 v St George Illawarra Dragons $2.85
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