Will anyone beat the powerful Penrith Panthers this season after the club nearly ran the table during the regular season a year ago?
Can the Parramatta Eels get a win this weekend to stay hot on Penrith’s heels in the NRL ladder? Are the Sydney Roosters a lock pick to win in Round 8 as they look to close the gap on both, Penrith and Parramatta?
With the 2021 NRL season steamrolling into Round 8, it’s time to find out which teams are in action and which teams are looking good against their Rugby odds this coming weekend.
Rugby Betting Analysis – NRL Round 8 Preview
Penrith Panthers (7-0-0) Vs Manly Sea Eagles (3-0-4)
- When: Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 12:00 AM
- Where: Carrington Park, Bathurst
- NRL Odds: Manly +426 / Penrith -833
- Total: 42.5
Unbeaten Penrith is atop the NRL ladder with 184 points scored and a league-low 44 points conceded.
Penrith has gone a perfect 4-0 at home this season and comes into this matchup fresh off a commanding 24-6 home win over Newcastle on Thursday. The Manly Sea Eagles are sitting in 11th place in the NRL standings with 123 points scored and 174 points allowed. The Sea Eagles throttled the Wests Tigers 40-6 in Round 7 despite being on the road. Manly has gone 2-2 away from home this season.
Prediction: While Manly is playing better and comes into this event riding a three-game winning streak, the Sea Eagles also got smacked around by Penrith 46-6 at home in Round 4. This Round 8 matchup will be a lot closer, but Penrith comes out on top again.
Pick: Penrith Panthers -833
Canterbury Bulldogs (1-0-6) Vs Parramatta Eels (6-0-1)
- When: Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 2:30 AM
- Where: Venue: Stadium Australia, Sydney
- NRL Odds: Canterbury +706 / Parramatta -1999
- Total: 42.5
Canterbury is in last place in the NRL ladder with a league-low 70 points scored and a whopping 216 points allowed. The Bulldogs are a winless 0-3 at home this season, but got their first win of the 2021 campaign in Round 7 by getting past the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18-12.
Parramatta is sitting in third place in the NRL standings with 197 points scored and 96 points allowed. The Eels come into Round 8 fresh off a commanding 46-6 blowout win over the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday. Parramatta has gone an unblemished 3-0 on the road this season.
Prediction: Canterbury got in the win column the last time out, but Parramatta looked phenomenal in dispatching Brisbane. More importantly, the Eels want to stay within striking distance of Penrith and second place South Sydney. There is literally, no way Parramatta fails to bag the win against lowly Canterbury in Round 8, hence the huge odds of -1999.
Pick: Parramatta Eels
Newcastle Knights (3-0-4) Vs Sydney Roosters (5-0-2)
- When: Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 4:35 AM
- Where: Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
- NRL Odds: Newcastle +165 / Sydney -238
- Total: 41.5
Newcastle is sitting in 10th place in the NRL ladder with 133 points scored and 166 points conceded. The Knights have gone 2-2 at home this season and got smacked around in its 24-6 road loss against league-leading Penrith on Thursday.
Sydney is sitting in fifth place in the NRL standings with 198 points scored and 96 points allowed. The Roosters have gone 1-2 on the road this season and come into this affair fresh off a convincing 34-10 smackdown win over the St. George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday.
Prediction: Not only did Newcastle get dominated last weekend, but the Knights have gotten smacked around the last two times they’ve faced Sydney losing 48-10 in July of 2019 and 42-12 last September. I’m surprised the Roosters aren’t bigger favorites seeing as how I believe they are a lock selection to get it done this weekend.
Pick: Sydney Roosters