NRL tips and best bets for round 8; Rugby League predictions 2021
Welcome to our NRL tips and best bets for round 8 of the premiership season, which will begin on Thursday, April 29 and finish on Sunday, May 2 2021.
All of the top online bookmakers in South Africa have betting available on Australian rugby league, with this competition exceptionally popular right around the world.
Our NRL round 8 betting tips have cherry-picked our best bets from our experts, who have spent hours scouring the form and odds to find value for our readers.
The NRL season is delicately placed prior to round 8, with Penrith the only team to remain undefeated, while the Eels and Rabbitohs have dropped just one game each.
The Raiders-Rabbitohs clash at Gio Stadium in Canberra is a great way to start the weekend’s action on Thursday, with the home team in crisis after losing 26-24 to the Cowboys in Townsville.
Canberra are clinging on to eighth place with a 3-4 record and need a win against the third-placed Rabbitohs (6-1) if they want to stay in the mix for a top-four position. The teams at the top are setting a cracking pace.
The good news for Ricky Stuart’s men is that they have won six of their past eight games against the Bunnies, and the latter have been lucky to escape with wins against Wests Tigers and Gold Coast the past two weeks.
On Friday night the Storm are hot favourites in the early game to pile more misery on the Sharks, who look dead in the water after deciding to appoint a new coach for 2022, forcing out the incumbent John Morris, who had them travelling quite well. It will be a mighty job for interim Sharks coach Josh Hannay to turn the ship around.
Later on Friday the Broncos are rank outsiders against “cousins’ Gold Coast, though the $3.90 you can get with Betway.co.za (betway review) may not last long as the Titans have shown this season that they are far from the finished article.
NRL schedule for round 8 2021
Thursday, April 29
7:50pm: Canberra Raiders 2.35 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 1.60
Friday, April 30
- 6pm: Melbourne Storm 1.15 v Cronulla Sharks 5.40
- 7:55pm: Brisbane Broncos 3.90 v Gold Coast Titans 1.25
Saturday, May 1
- 3pm Penrith Panthers 1.19 v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 4.60
- 5.30pm Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 7.25 v Parramatta Eels 1.09
- 7:35pm: Newcastle Knights 2.60 v Sydney Roosters 1.48
Sunday, May 2
- 2pm: New Zealand Warriors 1.60 v North Queensland Cowboys 2.35
- 4.05pm: St George Illawarra Dragons tbc v Wests Tigers tbc
NRL round 8 best bet tips 2021
Our NRL betting expert has cast his eye over the weekend’s matches and found some value bets, while you can also read full preview of games via the links below.
Raiders v Rabbitohs best bet
Also read: Raiders v Rabbitohs predictions
Alex Johnston/Jack Wighton to both score
This is a same-game multi with TopSport paying about $6.65. We like it because Johnston seldom does NOT score for the Rabbitohs, while Wighton is a wonderful big-game player and will step in the Raiders’ time of need..
Broncos v Titans best bet
Also read: Broncos v Titans tips
Broncos/Titans half-time/full-time double
The bet with TopSport requires the Broncos to lead at half-time and the Titans to win the game in normal time. We have had success involving the Broncos in this type of bet as they have tended to fall away in the second half of games. In fact, they have not scored at all in the second half in their past four games.
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