2018 NRL Finals Week 1 Betting Multi

September 5, 2018 by Posted in NRL Tips

The 2018 NRL finals are here! We’ll look at all four games and provide an overview of each team with our NRL Finals Week 1 Betting Multi.

Storm vs Rabbitohs (Friday, Sep 7 7:40pm AEST)
The NRL finals begin at AAMI Park as the Melbourne Storm play the Rabbitohs and our multi will start with a Storm victory. The home side is looking to reach their second straight Grand Final after defeating the Cowboys in 2017. They haven’t slowed down in 2018, despite losing Cooper Cronk at halfback and a few injury concerns throughout the season. The major advantage of finishing 2nd is gaining a home final and we believe that will give them the edge over the Rabbitohs. Especially since Souths have never won at AAMI Park and hold a poor overall record in Melbourne. South Sydney do head into the finals on the back of a 51-10 thrashing of the Tigers. But really, they can struggle against top 8 sides like the Storm which shows in their last month of footy. They played in a tough battle against the Roosters at ANZ, going down 18-14. Then, they headed to Brisbane and couldn’t contain the Broncos attack in a 38-18 defeat. The other factor for the Storm will be Billy Slater. This could be one of his last games in Melbourne before retirement and that’s huge motivation for the home side. Despite going down to the Panthers in their last home game, it was a pretty meaningless game and overall, they still hold a 7-4 home record in 2018. When they win at home, all 7 have gone over 13 points. While I don’t expect the Rabbitohs to get blown off the park, Melbourne should be just good enough to win this final.

Panthers vs Warriors (Saturday, Sep 8 5:30pm AEST)
The multi heads to ANZ Stadium on Saturday night with a tough battle expected between the Panthers and Warriors. But in the end, we’re siding with the Warriors. They’re paying good odds over $2 and the trip to Australia shouldn’t worry this side. Compared to last season’s poor effort on the road, they turned things around in 2018 with a 7-4 away record. Which includes 4 wins out of 6 against top 8 sides. The other factor to look at an upset is the Warriors just recently smashed the Panthers 36-16 in Round 24. The Warriors are a dangerous attacking team when they’re on and I expect them to expose the Panthers defence again on Saturday. Coming into this final, Penrith has struggled over the last 6 weeks with a number of comeback victories against bottom 8 sides. Their season has been riddled with slow starts and if that continues this week, I don’t see them chasing down the Warriors. In the end, a 20 point loss in the last meeting is hard to back against the NZ Warriors here. Especially since this game has been moved to ANZ, which really doesn’t give the Panthers home advantage at all.

Roosters vs Sharks (Saturday, Sep 8 7:40pm AEST)
The third leg of our multi heads to Allianz Stadium with an upset. We are backing the Sharks to get the job done in this clash for a number of reasons. Firstly, they’re arguably hitting the finals with better form compared to the Roosters. Cronulla has strung together 4 straight victories, which includes a 17-14 win over the Storm in Melbourne. Their attack is really on fire and couple that with their always strong defence, that should help against the Roosters. Meanwhile, Sydney were poor in their last battle at Allianz Stadium as they went down to the Broncos 22-8. So far this season, they’ve won just 2 of 6 against top 8 sides at Allianz and that could be a problem when they face the Sharks. While they put on 44 points on the Eels last week, Parramatta had basically checked out for the season anyway. So they won’t be afforded the same space when they tackle the Sharks elite defence. The other interesting factor is the Sharks record at this venue. They’ve won 3 straight over the Roosters here since 2014 and have won 8 of 12 overall games at Allianz since 2010. So get on the Sharkies!

Broncos vs Dragons (Sunday, Sep 9 4:00pm AEST)
The NRL finals multi for this week ends at Suncorp Stadium with the Broncos taking down the Dragons. Mainly because these two sides are showing contrasting form at the moment. For the Broncos, they’re coming off 3 straight wins and they’ve also won 4 straight at Suncorp Stadium. Last week, they pounded the Sea Eagles 48-16 to earn a home final. Previously, they upset the Roosters 22-8 in Sydney and smashed fellow top 8 side the Rabbitohs 38-18 at this venue. In contrast, the Dragons are arguably the most vulnerable side in the top 8 at the moment. They’ve won just 4 of their last 10 overall games, which were all against bottom 8 sides. Their last month has been equally as poor with a 38-0 crushing loss to the Dogs and a 40-4 thrashing at that the hands of the wooden spoon Eels. So the trip north to face the Broncos will be a tough challenge that I don’t think they can overcome. They’ve also lost 9 straight at this venue since 2010 and that’s not good news for an away final in-front of the Brisbane faithful.

NRL Finals Week One Multi – All bets placed with BetEasy

Storm to defeat the Rabbitohs – $1.80
Warriors to defeat the Panthers – $2.15
Sharks to defeat the Roosters – $2.40
Broncos to defeat the Dragons – $1.28

Multi Odds: $7.63
Multi Odds x50: $381.5


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