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NRL Finals Week 1, Tips & Previews

Check out the preview and best bets as head into Week 1 of the NRL Finals.

NRL Finals get underway this weekend and it all starts with premiership favourite Melbourne facing off against Manly on Friday night. 

The team has reviewed the best bets and same game multis for all four finals fixtures and found plenty of value for the punters.

Melbourne vs. Manly

September 10th 7:50pm

Premiership favourite Melbourne Storm greets Manly Sea Eagles on Friday night for a spot in the preliminary final. 

Josh ‘The Fox Addo-Carr is the notable omission from the Storm line up as he continues to battle a hamstring injury, while gun five-eighth Cameron Munster faces a late fitness test in a battle to get up for this crucial clash. 

The Sea Eagles have a sense of timing about them and got within 10 points of the Storm when they went head to head in Round 21. 

Addo-Carr and Munster both lined up in that game for the Storm, so it will be intriguing to see how Craig Bellamy’s deals with the likelihood of both players missing. 

Tom Trbojevic will be chomping at the bit to charge into his first run of the game as he looks to continue what has been one of the best individual season by a player in quite some time. 

He will be joined alongside star playmaker Reuben Garrick who, like Turbo Tom, has had a prolific season. 

If Munster misses this, the Sea Eagles represent fantastic value at the line.  

Suggested Bets: Manly Sea Eagles +8.5 at $1.86

Suggested Same Game Multi: 
Leg 1: Manly Sea Eagles +8.5 
Leg 2: T. Trbojevic anytime try
Leg 3: Total points under 45.5 
Combined odds = $6.25

Sydney vs. Gold Coast

September 11th 5:40pm

Fifth versus eighth goes ahead when the Sydney Roosters take on Gold Coast Titans in an elimination final that will see one team progress to a semi-final, while for the other it is season over. 

The Roosters have defied all odds this season having to deal with countless injury tolls, but find themselves as the hot favourites to knock off a Titans team who scraped into the finals after a huge win in the last round. 

Having to make up significant ground on Cronulla heading into last week, the Titans produced a season best 44-0 victory over New Zealand as the Sharks went down to the Storm in the process gifting the Titans the final spot inside the top eight. 

After a heartbreaking end to last season, the Titans now hit the finals full of momentum and capable of defeating the Roosters. 

But Trent Robinson’s men will have other things on their mind after finding their mojo in a crushing defeat of Canberra in Round 25, 

If the Round 14 clash at CBUS Super Stadium is anything to go by we will be in for a cracker. 

The Roosters got the job done by a sole point that night, despite being without captain James Tedesco. 

With his name in the line up this time around, it should be enough to keep the Roosters in front at the final whistle. 

Suggested Bet: Sydney Roosters -10.5 at $1.89

Suggested Same Game Multi: 
Leg 1: Sydney -10.5
Leg 2: Total points scored over 46.5
Leg 3: J. Tedesco anytime try
Combined odds = $4.10

Penrith vs. South Sydney

September 11th 7:50pm

A huge set of inclusions for both Penrith and South Sydney makes this qualifying final between to NSW rivals one to savour.

For the victor shares the spoils with a week off to freshen up and a spot in the preliminary, for the loser a second chance with a home semi-final. 

South Sydney had some added to sentiment coming into finals with champion number seven Adam Reynolds playing his last final series for the Rabbitohs, while Wayne Bennett will finish up with the club some season’s end. 

Penrith will have the motivation of 2020 grand final agony spurring it on as it welcomes back try-scoring threat Charlie Staines to the team. 

The Panthers are coming off a thumping victory over a depleted Parramatta, but the big confidence booster here is their form over the Rabbitohs this year. 

Ivan Cleary guided his troops to a home and away season double over South Sydney with the most recent win being the 25-12 Round 23 win at Suncorp Stadium. 

Suggested Bets: Penrith -10.5 at $1.90

Suggested Same Game Multi: 
Leg 1: Penrith -10.5 at $1.90
Leg 2: Total points over 45.5
Leg 3: S. Crichton anytime try
Combined odds = $3.6

Parramatta vs. Newcastle

September 12th 4:05pm

Both Parramatta and Newcastle head into a cut-throat final fresh and ready to go as they welcome back a plethora of talent to the field.

Adam O’Brien and Brad Arthur elected to leave out a handful of star players from their respective squads in the final round of the year in readiness for this elimination final come Sunday afternoon. 

With finals guaranteed regardless of the final round results, the Knights and Eels suffered defeat. 

Now it is about who can muster up their form quick enough come the first whistle. 

On paper it definitely looks as though it is advantage Eels having crushed the Knights to the tune of 36 points earlier this season. 

The Eels did face a form slump towards the back of the season that might have some punters worried, but with the return of veteran Clint Gutherson, Mitchell Moses combining with gun winger Maika Sivo (17 tries for 2021), the Knights will likely have a tough time of it again. 

Suggested Bet: Parramatta -8.5 at $2.02

Suggested Same Game Multi: 
Leg 1: Parramatta Eels -8.5 
Leg 2: M. Moses anytime try 
Leg 3: Total points under 45.5 
Combined odds = $11

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