NRL Round 4 odds, schedule and times
Round four of the 2021 NRL season kicks off on Easter Thursday, April 1, with the hapless Manly Sea Eagles hosting the powerhouse Penrith Panthers. Our NRL betting expert has examined the odds in our usual Monday column highlighting what rugby league action is on for the week ahead.
The three matches on Thursday and Friday have all been priced as major mismatches, with the Panthers, Rabbitohs and Storm all heavily favoured to inflict big defeats on the Sea Eagles, Bulldogs and Broncos respectively.
This weekend we get a bonus day of rugby league with only two matches on Saturday and the West Tigers-Parramatta derby played on East Monday from 4pm at Stadium Australia.
We think the best two matches of the round are the Titans-Raiders clash from Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night and the Roosters-Warriors clash on Sunday night from the SCG.
Bookies have made Canberra the $1.61 early favourites to beat the Gold Coast ($2.35) but we think it will be a lot closer to even money by the time the match rolls around.
And likewise with the Sunday night clash, the Warriors are priced at $2.75, which we think is great value against the injury-hit Roosters ($1.44) who need some troops back fast. The NZ has been underrated given its performances in the first three rounds and this should be a great chance for them to upstage the powerhouse Roosters,
NRL Premiership odds before Round 4
Round 3 of the NRL season brought some drastic changes to NRL title betting, with the Roosters out the gate after being thrashed by arch rivals South Sydney and losing key playmaker Luke Keary for the season.
Bookmakers wound the Roosters out to $9 from $5 after their 26-16 loss on Friday night but it was the more the extend of the injury list that caused such a dramatic shift.
As well as the knee injury to Keary, the Tricolours will also be without fellow half Lachlan Lam (knee) for a month, while prop Lindsay Collins (ankle, concussion) also faces a stint on the sidelines. That means the youngsters will have to rely on the inexperienced halves combination of 18-year-old Sam Walker and Drew Hutchison.
Meanwhile, Penrith remained at the top of betting at $4.50 after their epic win over last year’s premiers Melbourne Storm last Thursday. The Panthers and Eels are the only undefeated teams left after round three.
Souths firmed from $6 into $5 after their dismissal of the Roosters, while the Eels also trimmed up from $12 into $10, and the impressive Titans from $21 into $17.
Meanwhile, the Sharks have run into and injury crisis of their own and have eased from $29 to $41, with the under-fire Cowboys out from $51 to $101. The Broncos’ first win of the season brought the in from $101 into $81.
NRL title odds 2021
$4.50 Penrith Panthers
$5 South Sydney Rabbitohs
$6 Melbourne Storm
$9 Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters
$10 Parramatta Eels
$17 Gold Coast Titans
$21 Newcastle Knights
$23 New Zealand Warriors
$41 Cronulla Sharks, St George Illawarra Dragons
$51 Wests Tigers
$67 Manly Sea Eagles
$81 Brisbane Broncos
$101 North Queensland Cowboys
$126 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
NRL Round 4 fixture, odds and times
Thursday, April 1
8:05PM: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles $8 v Penrith Panthers $1.08
Friday, April 2
- 4.05PM: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs $9 v South Sydney Rabbitohs $1.06
- 8:05PM: Melbourne Storm $1.06 v Brisbane Broncos $9
Saturday, April 3
- 5:30PM: Cronulla Sharks $1.41 v North Queensland Cowboys $2.88
- 7:35PM: Gold Coast Titans $2.35 v Canberra Raiders $1.61
Sunday, April 4
- 4:05pm Newcastle Knights $1.41 v St George Illawarra Dragons $2.88
- 6:15PM: Sydney Roosters $1.44 v New Zealand Warriors $2.75
Monday, April 5
- 4pm: Wests Tigers $3.60 v Parramatta Eels $1.28
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