National Rugby League Round 22 Betting Preview

August 5th, 2010

What a top-class weekend of footy we have to look forward to for Round 22 of the 2010 NRL Telstra Premiership.

With only five weeks left for teams to make the finals, now is the perfect time to get behind your favourites in the betting markets.

Some of the best games of the season are scheduled this round including the Manly v Melbourne showdown at Brookvale Oval on Saturday, these arch Grand Final rivals sure to bring their best to this battle.

There is also the top three thriller between the ladder-leading Dragons and the red-hot Roosters in an SCG Saturday smash not to be missed.

Below we give a quick rundown of who is playing who and their chances of coming away with the competition points in the eight NRL matches on this weekend.

For a more detailed preview, the latest betting odds and best footy tips check out NRLleague.

Round 22 at a Glance:

Queensland is the home of Friday night footy this week with all three Sunshine State teams playing.

First up the North Queensland Cowboys host the Brisbane Broncos at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Despite the home ground advantage and some courageous performances, the low ranking Cowboys don’t look to have the confidence or the points to outclass the boom young Broncos.

Then down at Skilled Park the Gold Coast Titans have a real chance of shutting down the finals hopes of the Parramatta Eels. The Titans have won twice in two weeks, their determination giving them the results, and while the Hayne Plane will do his best to get Parra off the tarmac, the home side should prevail.

Saturday has three top clashes, first and foremost the Manly v Melbourne blockbuster at Brookie. The Storm are still winning despite playing for nothing as they’ve proved over the last two weeks, but whether they can outmuscle the Sea Eagles this time is debateable.

Also worth a punt on is the Rabbitohs v Tigers match at ANZ Stadium. The weakened South Sydney outfit look very desperate and the Tigers definitely have more man power, but with this a ‘do or die’ for the Bunnies expect them to dig deep and possibly cause an upset.

The third Saturday clash has the struggling Cronulla Sharks ready to bring a season best performance against the New Zealand Warriors. New Zealand have dropped the ball over the past fortnight, but have plenty of points in them via the likes of Vatuvei and co. Should be close but even at Shark Park we think the Warriors will win.

Sunday features two massive games, first the Newcastle Knights are playing the Canterbury Bulldogs. This is a really tricky game to tip, both desperate for a top eight spot, both coming off wins and both scoring evenly this season. At home, Newcastle might just have the extra armour.

Second up on Sunday is the match of the round with the South Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons, both very real Minor Premiership chances, facing off at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Toss a coin and there’s your winner, in the meantime look at those exotic betting markets because this will be a beauty!

Finally on Monday night the Canberra Raiders are hosting the Penrith Panthers at Canberra Stadium. On paper the second ranked Panthers should easily win this one, but the 12th ranked Green Machine have plenty of reasons to rise and collar the big cats. If Penrith stay calm they can travel and win, but again it will come down to the dying seconds.

Rugby League Betting Round 22 Picks:

Match 1 – Broncos $1.50

Match 2 – Titans $1.78

Match 3 – Sea Eagles $1.65

Match 4 – Rabbitohs $2.40

Match 5 – Warriors $1.70

Match 6 – Knights $1.91

Match 7 – Roosters $1.97

Match 8 – Panthers $1.91

All odds are subject to change.

Underdog Rugby League Pick of the Week: Our best value underdog pick for Round 22 is for the Rabbitohs to beat the Tigers on Saturday. With so many focusing on the players out for Souths, we think the talent they still have on the field is being dramatically underestimated and are happy to jump on their juicy $2.40 odds.

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 so many excellent matches set to light up our screens this weekend we can’t wait to win some extra cash off the exotic betting markets open at online bookmakers.

Exotic bets for this week worth a go are:

– Broncos to win by 1 – 6 points ahead of the Cowboys at $7 through

– Kevin Gordon to score the Titans’ first try at $5.50 through

– Shaun Kenny-Dowall to be the first tryscorer in the Roosters v Dragons match at $10

2010 NRL Round 22 Match Calendar

Day

Date

Time (local)

Venue

Home Team

Away Team

Fri 6 Aug 7:35pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Cowboys Broncos
Fri 6 Aug 7:35pm Skilled Park Titans Eels
Sat 7 Aug 5:30pm Brookvale Oval Sea Eagles Storm
Sat 7 Aug 7:30pm ANZ Stadium Rabbitohs Tigers
Sat 7 Aug 7:30pm Toyota Stadium Sharks Warriors
Sun 8 Aug 2:00pm Energy Australia Stadium Knights Bulldogs
Sun 8 Aug 3:00pm Sydney Cricket Ground Roosters Dragons
Mon 9 Aug 7:00pm Canberra Stadium Raiders Panthers