Who backs up from the midweek State of Origin game will determine which way a lot of these markets and games will swing in Round 14.
The BetDeluxe team has previewed a huge set of rugby league fixtures to take us into the long weekend.
Manly vs. North Queensland
June 11th 6:00pm
North Queensland get a fantastic opportunity to make it three wins in a row against a Manly team whose star fullback Tom Trbojevic might just be nursing himself after the first State of Origin clash.
After a slow to start to 2021, the Cowboys revitalised their season and now sit entrenched inside the top eight after pulsating 29-28 win over the Warriors prior to the bye.
It has been much the same for the Sea Eagles too after a lacklustre beginning to its campaign was boosted by the return of Trbojevic.
Since Round 16 in 2016, both teams have gone tit for tat with the six clashes since being split at three apiece.
Value seems to be with the Cowboys at the line.
Suggested Bets: North Queensland Cowboys +7.5 at $1.87
Cronulla vs. Penrith
June 11th 7:55pm
It was undefeated but vulnerable and the market knew as Penrith look to bounce back against Cronulla following its first defeat of 2021 last week
The betting move was against a Panthers team who was without a heap of its star players against Wests Tigers due to State of Origin duty.
Penrith would go down 26-6 at Leichhardt Oval and that will have the Sharks smelling blood but the premiership favourite will likely welcome back the majority of players who missed.
The Sharks do bring in solid winning form to this game thanks to a 38-10 thumping of Gold Coast before its bye last week.
The Panthers should have a bit too much class but the home team are more than capable of covering the handicap.
Suggested Bet: Cronulla +6.5 at $1.84
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Penrith head to head (SGM SPECIAL)
Leg 2: R. Jennings any time tryscorer
Leg 3: Total points scored under 48.5
Combined odds = $4.33
Gold Coast vs. Sydney
June 12th 3:00pm
Sydney and Gold Coast go head to head at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Gold Coast ran a depleted Melbourne Storm to a converted try last week but would ultimately go down 20-14, while the Roosters slammed Canberra with a 44-16 win before the bye.
Sydney will enter this match with a six-game winning streak against the Titans dating back to 2014.
The Titans made a spate of pre-season signings to boost their ranking on the table but it has been to little effect so far this year.
If the Roosters gain James Tedesco back from Origin duty then this should be a win for the visitors.
Suggested Bets: Sydney Roosters -10.5 at $.187
South Sydney vs. Newcastle
June 12th 3:00pm
South Sydney are rested, fresh and full of momentum coming into this game against Newcastle who were battered by Parramatta last week.
The Rabbitohs bring the Eels form line as well but their result was a dominant 38-20 win, whereas the Knights were left licking their wounds after a 40-4 defeat.
From a team selection point of view, the State of Origin game will likely have a bearing on who is selected.
Souths coach Wayne Bennett has opted to rest Dane Gagai and Jai Arrow, while a decision on the remaining Origin representatives including Damien Cook and Latrell Mitchell will be known closer to the game.
Regardless of the ins and outs for the Rabbitohs, Bennett should have his troops ready to fire in this match.
Suggested Bets: South Sydney -16.5 at $1.86
Canberra vs. Brisbane
June 12th 7:25pm
If there was ever a must win for Canberra it is this match it faces against Brisbane on Saturday night.
Not too much was expected of the 2020 wooden spooner but the pressure continues to pile on the Raiders after they were belted by Sydney to the tune of 28 points prior to the bye.
Brisbane, too, suffered a heavy defeat in its most recent fixture as it conceded 10 tries in a 52-24 loss against St George Illawarra.
This game is almost picking the worst of two evils at the moment and though it may seem GIO Stadium is an advantage to the Raiders, the Broncos seem the better value.
Suggested Bets: Brisbane Broncos head to head at $3.13
New Zealand vs. Melbourne
June 13th 2:00pm
Any stadium, any state, any challenger; it’s what the Melbourne Storm continue to live by after making it ten wins in a row last week heading into match against New Zealand.
Even without the likes of Josh Addo-Carr and Ryan Papenhuyzen, Craig Bellamy’s men just keep getting the job done and held firm for a dogged 20-14 win against Gold Coast in Round 13.
The Warriors, however, left North Queensland with a heartbreaking one-point loss against the Cowboys but have had a rest to console themselves and get ready for the hardest assignment in rugby league.
The problems for New Zealand compound again having lost its last three games against the Storm by an average of 29 points.
With a host of stars due back from State of Origin selection, New Zealand would need to pull a off a minor miracle to get within single figures of this relentless Storm outfit.
Suggested Bets: Melbourne Storm -14.5 at $1.90
Parramatta vs. Wests Tigers
June 13th 4:05pm
Wests Tigers shined light on its season after handing the premiership favourite its first defeat last week and now face another premiership threat in the form of Parramatta.
A 26-6 victory against a depleted Penrith Panthers team might be considered a false dawn by some but it was the belief Michael Maguire’s men showed that would have them pumped for this tough clash against the Eels.
After a week which saw Blake Ferguson dropped, The Eels would put that negative press aside to despatch a hapless Newcastle 40-4 at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The win secured Parramatta’s place inside top four for another week and a return home with a fraction of the form it showed against the Knights would be enough to get job done against a Tigers team who will make it a test.
Suggested Bets: Wests Tigers +11.5 at $1.90
Canterbury vs. St George Illawarra
June 14th 4:00pm
A rested up Bulldogs side will welcome a St George Illawarra unit fresh off a morale-boosting thumping of Brisbane in Round 13.
St George put 10 tries past the Broncos in a 52-24 victory to hang on to eighth spot heading into this weekend.
The Bulldogs will look to put a woeful first half of the season behind them by adding to the single victory it has scored through 12 games thus far.
How Trent Barrett’s men come up with ways to address their offensive woes is the issue that will likely haunt them here.
The Bulldog sit dead last on the table having only scored 134 points through 12 games while conceding 360.
It would be a minor miracle to defeat, what looks to be, a finals bound St George Illawarra team.
Suggested Bets: St George Illawarra -13.5 at $1.90