NRL Thursday: Souths v Broncos betting tips, prediction & odds, round 5, 2021
Read on for our South Sydney v Brisbane Broncos match preview, prediction and odds update for their NRL clash at the Olympic Stadium, Sydney, on Thursday, April 8.
Wayne Bennett’s rampant Rabbitohs are unbackable favourites to pile more misery on the Broncos, with odds-makers making the Bunnies as short as $1.06 to get the points.
Souths, of course, deserve to be hot favourites as they seek a fourth win on the bounce, while the Broncos are languishing in 12th spot on the ladder and are conceding points far too easily.
These teams met twice last season, with the Broncos surprisingly winning the first meeting 22-18 in round two at Suncorp Stadium; wins have been few and far between since then.
In their most recent encounter the Rabbitohs won 28-10 at Stadium Australia in round 13, 2020, and they have won three of their past four matches against the Brisbane side.
Rabbitohs v Broncos team news for round 5
South Sydney have been forced into a couple of changes because of suspensions. Star five-eighth Cody Walker (striking) and back-rower Keaon Koloamatangi (crusher tackle) have been banned by the judiciary.
Veteran playmaker Benji Marshall steps out of his usual bench role to take the No.6 jersey, while Jacob Host starts in place of Koloamatangi. Utility Dean Hawkins makes his Rabbitohs debut off the pine.
The Broncos have their own suspensions woe, with second-rower Patrick Carrigan (crusher tackle) rubbed out for one match, while centre Herbie Farnworth (shoulder) has been ruled out with injury.
Richie Kennar replaces Farnworth, while Tevita Pangai jnr starts in place of Carrigan.
Read on for our Rabbitohs v Broncos tips and winner prediction for their NRL clash on Thursday, April 8.
Rabbitohs v Broncos
Kick-off: 7.50pm local time
Venue: Stadium Australia, Sydney
Head to head odds: South Sydney $1.06, Brisbane $10
Line betting: South Sydney (-21.5 points) $1.88, Brisbane (+21.5 points) $1.92
Match total: 43.5 points: over $1.95, under $1.85
Rabbitohs v Broncos free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free South Sydney-Brisbane betting tips for Thursday’s game.
Broncos +22.5 points/match total under 40.5 points
This option is paying $2.89 with rising Aussie bookies TopSport. The Broncos simply must draw a line in the sand as far their defence goes, and it will help that inclement weather is forecast for Sydney.
Damien Cook to score a try
The dynamic hooker will be in the middle of the action as always. He becomes even more of a threat when it’s wet and the game is played more conservatively up the middle. Cook has crossed for a try already this season and he can stamp his authority on this game with another this time. He is at $21 to score the first try and we may have a small wager on that one too.
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos prediction 8-4-2021
The Broncos did not win a game in Sydney in 2020 and we don’t expect they will buck the trend here. They have looked good at time in attack but they don’t seem to be able to shut things down in defence when the momentum is against them. They scored first against the Storm last week and looked in the game, but in the space of 15 minutes it was all over as they were torn apart. Broncos coach Kevin Walters can expect no mercy from his mentor Bennett here. Souths are a weakened side with Cody Walker sitting in the stands but they still have plenty of firepower and should win this comfortably. Our Rabbitohs v Broncos prediction: Souths by 12 points.
Rabbitohs v Broncos lowdown
Nine, Fox League and KAYO will telecast the game.
All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.
The Rabbitohs-Broncos match kicks off at 7.50pm AEDT.
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