National Rugby League Round 20 Betting Preview

July 23rd, 2010

This is it. The business end of the season has arrived as we move into Round 20 of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership this weekend.

Eight top clashes are scheduled to take place, and after the brilliant last couple of weeks we’ve been treated to on the Rugby League field, there has never been a more important time for teams to pull out all the stocks or a better time to have a punt on the footy at Ladbrokes.com.au!

In the mad scramble to make the top eight and compete in this year’s September finals, which are shaping up to be one of the best play-offs in years, Round 20 provides those teams on the brink of breaking into the top of the ladder a final roll of the dice to do so.

Minimal competition points divide many of the teams and with so much to play for and the season dwindling away, get ready for some physical, entertaining and downright gritty football!

Highlights this round include the Storm hosting the Panthers at AAMI Park on Saturday night, Melbourne with much to prove and Penrith desperate to hang onto their spot in the top two.

There is also the Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers showdown on Sunday arvo at the central coast’s Bluetongue Stadium, which is a real top six treat.

And then on Monday night two much improved teams, the Broncos and the Roosters, will face off at Suncorp Stadium for the first time in five years.

Below we have a quick look at the best bets Ladbrokes.com.au have on offer and what to expect for Round 20. Don’t forget to check out NRLleague for more detailed previews, last week’s results, the latest NRL news and more Rugby League betting offers!

Round 20 At a Glance:

Round 20 kicks off on Friday night with a clash between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium. Parra are looking for their third win on the trot and will be brimming with confidence having beaten the Panthers last week. This is it for Canterbury, last chance. But with the Hayne train back on track, the season looks to be coming to an end for the Dogs.

The second Friday night showdown has the League leaders, the St George Illawarra Dragons, hosting the Gold Coast Titans at WIN jubilee Stadium. The GC are in real danger of dropping out of the top eight here for the first time this season. They are 0 – 3 and are missing Greg Bird, so St George should coast to another win here and further improve their Minor Premiership chances.

Saturday has three top clashes, with the Canberra Raiders playing the Cronulla Sharks first up. Canberra were brilliant last round thrashing the Knights 52 – 18, have recently resigned boom fullback Josh Dugan and have the home ground advantage. Not even a mid-season coaching change will be enough for Cronulla here.

Next up the Melbourne Storm have a lot to prove in their battle against the Penrith Panthers. With the ‘Fab Four’ under threat, this season could be the last time Inglis, Slater, Cronk and Smith play together. Beaten in their last three the Storm are looking shaky, but have proved they can rise out of the slump before. But we still fancy Penrith and if they use the talent they have on the edges they will be able to keep their spot in the top two.

The third Saturday match is another ripper. The North Queensland Cowboys have really disappointed their club and their fans this season and even though they won’t be here in September, are still hungry as ever to win. Playing at home, with Thurston and Bowen bringing it, they should beat the Newcastle Knights who will still be feeling the sting of the huge loss they suffered at the hands of the Green Machine last week.

Sunday we head to ANZ Stadium where the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on a dangerous looking New Zealand Warriors. NZ have been unfaultable over the last couple of months, winning five on the trot to rise to number five on the ladder. South Sydney, on the other hand, are coming off two defeats. The Bunnies have the home ground advantage and New Zealand have to lose sometime, but we still like the Warriors here.

The second Sunday blockbuster features the Manly Sea Eagles and the Wests Tigers at Bluetounge Stadium. The sixth and third teams facing off, both desperate to be in the top four at the end of Roudn 26. Should be an exciting match, maybe even the best of the round. Both clubs are coming off good wins but even though the Sea Eagles are the favourites, Wests look set for an upset.

Finally Round 20 finishes on Monday night with a beauty between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium. Sydney have strung together three wins and are now in the top four, but Brisbane at home and in great form look too hard to beat.

Rugby League Betting Round 20 Picks:

Match 1 – Eels $1.50 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 2 – Dragons $1.26 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 3 – Raiders $1.38 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 4 – Panthers $2.30 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 5 – Cowboys $1.60 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 6 – Rabbbitohs $1.67 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 7 – Tigers $2.50 Ladbrokes.com.au

Match 8 – Broncos $1.55 Ladbrokes.com.au

All odds are subject to change.

Underdog Rugby League Pick of the Week: This week we fancy the underdogs in two matches and are happy with the juicy odds they are at through Ladbrokes.com.au. First up we are tipping the Penrith Panthers to beat the Storm on Saturday. With Melbourne embroiled in more drama than the Australian parliament, we think Penrith will rise from the slight slump they’ve hit over the last fortnight and find enough points through Coote, Jennings and Gordon to win.

Then on Sunday the third-ranked Wests Tigers are at the generous odds of $2.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au to beat Manly, and with Bluetongue Stadium the venue and Marshall back to his best, we like their chances.

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!

With such great footy set to take place, we are keener than ever to get in on some of those exotic markets Ladbrokes.com.au have open too.

A couple of the extra exotic bets we are placing during Round 20 include Josh Dugan to score the first try in the Raiders v Sharks match at $6.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au, and the Warriors to beat the Rabbitohs by 1 – 6 points at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Check out all the latest Rugby League betting odds and options at Ladbrokes.com.au today!

2010 NRL Round 20 Match Calendar:

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri 23 July 7:35pm ANZ Stadium Bulldogs Eels
Fri 23 July 7:35pm WIN Jubilee Stadium Dragons Titans
Sat 24 July 5:30pm Canberra Stadium Raiders Sharks
Sat 24 July 7:30pm AAMI Park Storm Panthers
Sat 24 July 7:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Cowboys Knights
Sun 25 July 2:00pm ANZ Stadium Rabbitohs Warriors
Sun 25 July 3:00pm Bluetongue Stadium Sea Eagles Tigers
Mon 26 July 7:00pm Suncorp Stadium Broncos Roosters