National Rugby League Betting Preview – Round 4

April 1st, 2010

The fourth round of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership is all set to take place this Easter weekend, with eight sensational games scheduled. None more exciting than the opening game of the round on Friday afternoon when the reigning premiers, Melbourne Storm, take on the most impressive NRL team of the season so far, the St George Illawarra Dragons.

So why not lay off the chocolate this Easter and indulge instead in a bit of mouth-watering Rugby League betting on Round 4.

Below is a brief look at all eight games for Round 4 to give you a guide for your Rugby League betting picks over the Easter long weekend, and remember to visit Ladbrokes.com.au for the most competitive NRL odds and options all season.

Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons

Good Friday footy kicks off with a bang with the most anticipated showdown of Round 4, the reigning premiers v the in-form Dragons. Both teams are unbeaten so far this season, and while Melbourne have been winning but winning ugly the Dragons have totally dominated all of their matches in 2010.

Melbourne have still played well to win all three games away from home, and many say you should never bet against Melbourne at home so this time we won’t. But with the dangerous Dragons the hot favourites for the premiership this year, many will be!

Sydney Roosters v Brisbane Broncos

Both teams are coming off embarrassing Round 3 losses, the Broncos to the Warriors and the Roosters to the Bulldogs. Broncos will start as the underdogs for the first time this season with the Rugby League betting markets as they are missing many of their key players to injury including the talented Israel Folau and Denan Kemp.

Dedicated Broncos fans will be hoping their beloved Brisbane can bounce back and avoid their third straight loss, but the odds are stacked against them with the Chooks and their home ground advantage likely to return to their early season winning form.

Cronulla Sharks v Parramatta Eels

The Sharks remain the only team yet to secure a win this season, and coming up against last season’s runners-up this round, they look unlikely to break their poor form just yet.

Parramatta were, however, well beaten by the Tigers in Round 3 and the Sharks have the home ground advantage. Will the crowd’s support and the return of Tim Smith see them secure a win?

Most are saying no, but Cronulla’s lucrative odds might be too much for some Shark fans to ignore.

North Queensland Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans

Even though the Titans are unbeaten for 2010 coming off three victories, the Cowboys will be the ones to beat here as they are nearly impossible to defeat when playing up in Townsville.

This will be an interesting Easter Saturday Queensland derby match, with the Titans’ looking a bit shaky without their top player Scott Prince, injured with a broken thumb.

Canberra Raiders v Wests Tigers

The Raiders and the Tigers both claimed victory as the underdogs last round, but only one can secure back-to-back wins here. Canberra are always impressive at home and this reason will be enough for many to back them.

But the Tigers displayed sensational form when beating the Eels last week and if they can match their strength and determination of last round and improve on their defence they could be the ones to beat the Raiders at their home ground.

New Zealand Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles

The Warriors impressed many when they claimed a big win against the Broncos in Round 3 and with the home ground advantage here they are an interesting pick at good odds. Manly too, however, had a large victory last week when they blitzed Newcastle.

This will be another close and intriguing showdown as the Sea Eagles look to snare their second victory this year and with the Warriors missing Vatuvei and Mannering Manly may be able to win in New Zealand.

Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers

Newcastle are coming off a sore loss to Manly last round, but despite this they are still the odds-on favourites here against the Panthers.

Penrith suffered defeat at the hands of Melbourne last week and will be looking to return to form here, but it will be a tough ask, especially playing the Knights at home.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canterbury Bulldogs

The Bulldogs were back last week claiming their first victory for 2010, but can they do it again? The Rabbitohs also finally secured a win this season when they beat the Sharks, but they will have a tougher time here.

If the Dogs can use the pride and energy from last week’s victory they will be the ones to beat here, but the Rabbitohs are at home and are improving.

For a more comprehensive examination of all eight Round 4 matches as well as the after match results visit NRLleague.

Rugby League Betting Round 4 Picks:

Match 1 – Storm

Match 2 – Roosters

Match 3 – Eels

Match 4 – Cowboys

Match 5 – Tigers

Match 6 – Sea Eagles

Match 7 – Knights

Match 8- Rabbitohs

Agree or disagree with our picks? Let us know by leaving a comment below. We are always happy to hear from other Rugby League betting enthusiasts!

2010 NRL Round 4 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri April 2 2:10pm Etihad Stadium Storm Dragons
Fri April 2 8:35pm Sydney Football Stadium Roosters Broncos
Sat April 3 5:30pm Toyota Stadium Sharks Eels
Sat April 3 6:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Cowboys Titans
Sun April 4 3:00pm Canberra Stadium Raiders Wests Tigers
Sun April 4 4:00pm Mt Smart Stadium Warriors Sea Eagles
Mon April 5 4:00pm Energy Australia Stadium Knights Panthers
Mon April 5 7:00pm ANZ Stadium Rabbitohs Bulldogs