NRL: Tips for Round 19

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Parramatta Eels v Brisbane Broncos

Thursday 21st July at CommBank Stadium, 7:50pm

This is an important game for both the sixth-placed Eels and fifth-placed Broncos who are vying for a top four finish, with the winner to climb up to fourth spot, at least temporarily. Both sides are coming off back-to-back wins and while the Broncos welcome back some key players, the Eels have only lost once at CommBank Stadium this season. A toss of the coin game, but the Eels have the advantage of playing at home.

Eels by 2

St George Illawarra Dragons v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Friday 22nd July at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, 6pm

The Dragons had 54-points put on them by the Roosters last round, which statistically rules them out of winning the premiership, while Manly have found a potent attacking formula without Tom Trbojevic. Another game with finals ramifications, with the Dragons having the worst +/- record (-112) of the four teams battling it out for eighth position. If Manly win, they will retain their spot in the top eight at the end of the round, regardless of other results. On current form, Manly should get the job done.

Sea Eagles by 12

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Newcastle Knights v Sydney Roosters

Friday 22nd July at McDonald Jones Stadium, 7:55pm

The Knights copped a 30-point hammering from Manly last round, while the Roosters were at their scintillating best against a woeful Dragons. The Knights are realistically out of finals contention and must now look towards improving for next season. However the ninth-placed Roosters have a lot to play for. Currently two points behind the eighth-placed Manly, a win here ensures they keep the pressure on the teams around them vying for a spot in the finals. They should win comfortably.

Roosters by 18

Canberra Raiders v New Zealand Warriors

Saturday 23rd July at GIO Stadium, 3pm

The 10th-placed Raiders pulled off another upset against the Storm in Melbourne to keep their finals hopes very much alive, while the Warriors put up a decent fight against the Eels last round. The Warriors are another club whose season is realistically over from a finals perspective, but the Raiders have a lot to play for if they are to stay in touch with the top eight. They have the advantage of playing at home, and they will be desperate to not only get the win, but to record a big win to boost their negative ‘for and against’.

Raiders by 14

Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Penrith Panthers v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Saturday 23rd July at BlueBet Stadium, 5:30pm

The Panthers missing their Origin players, escaped with a close win over the Tigers last round, while the Sharks have proven they are premiership contenders with back-to-back wins over fellow top four sides, the Storm and Cowboys. But traveling to Penrith to take on the reigning premiers who are back to full strength is a challenge on another level. And although they will be excited for the challenge, there will be some Panthers players hurting from their Origin series loss, and that does not bode well for the Sharks.

Panthers by 16

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm

Saturday 23rd July at Accor Stadium, 7:35pm

Souths have rediscovered their best form since Latrell Mitchell’s return from injury, while the Storm have lost three-straight games for the first time since 2015. Souths are beginning to look like a premiership contender as long as Latrell stays fit. The Storm are in danger of incredulously dropping out of the top four. You can never write off a champion club like the Storm, even if they are missing key players, but going by form guide alone, Souths should keep the momentum going with another important win.

Rabbitohs by 4

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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans

Sunday 24th July at CommBank Stadium, 2pm

The Bulldogs have shown plenty of improvement, especially with their attack over the past couple of months, while the Titans languish in second-last, despite a solid showing against the Broncos last round. Although this game has no finals ramifications, both sides have the ability to score points and this could make for an entertaining game of footy. At this stage of the season, the Bulldogs look the better team and should come away with the win.

Bulldogs by 8

North Queensland Cowboys v Wests Tigers

Sunday 24th July at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 4:05pm

An understrength Cowboys went down in a hard fought contest against the Sharks last round, while the hapless Tigers were unable to beat a Panthers side missing all seven of their Origin players. James Tamou will play his 300th game against the club he won a premiership with, but the occasion will likely be spoilt by a Cowboys side which welcomes back several key players, and they will be desperate to hold on the their all-important spot in the top two.

Cowboys by 20