Round 17 of the 2011 NRL Season is reduced but don’t expect things to be subdue making footy tips difficult. The bookies have the odds of majority of the games fairly close so expect some classic NRL action.
Best Bet of Round 17: This week I’m taking Parramatta team bet of Jordan Atkins to score more tries than Chris Walker paying 3.10 at Sportsbet here
Parramatta Eels V Brisbane Broncos Friday night at Parramatta Stadium
Broncos coach Anthony Griffin has done a massive job this year with his young players and has exceeded my expectations. These young players will need to stand up with the their origin stars away this week.
I think the Eels will struggle after the disappointing loss last week and are too up and down at the moment. My prediction is the Eels will get run over by a stronger Broncos side.
Penrith V Canterbury Saturday at Centrebet Stadium
Penrith will struggle without star origin player Petero Civoniceva who has been the difference in some of the Panthers wins. Penrith are playing around with their game style that could pay off in the coming weeks but think the Bulldogs will see it coming.
Although the Bulldogs lost last week they showed they can create the chances needed to win games like this and I’m tipping them to go one step further and finish them off.
Take the Buldogs here at the -6.5 line paying a nice $2.10
Without captain Paul Gallen this week it will show us where the Cronulla team is at the moment. A win here could inspire them to continue their consistent year to achieve greater things.
South Sydney will start favourites but without Dave Taylor and Greg Inglis in the team I cant go past Cronulla especially with Nathan Gardner in super form from fullback.
I’m loading up on the Sharks for the straight win. $2.20 to me sounds pretty generous.
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St George V Newcastle Sunday at WIN Stadium
Tip: St George
Wayne Bennett has been a key to the Dragons side this year and they will look to him again this week as the under manned Dragons look to make it 2 wins in a row.
Their defense has been top class which will see the Knights struggle to score which will suit the home crowd.
Sydney V Canberra Monday at Sydney Football Stadium
Sydney don’t look like a winning side at the moment with numerous key players out on State of Origin duties. They are down on confidence and it looks like the 2010 finals may have taken a toll.
Although the bookies think this match will be a close, my prediction is the Raiders will take an easy win.
It might be worth taking the Raiders by over 13 points paying $4.00 at Sportsbet.