NRL Round 13 Previews and Betting Tips

The following are previews with betting tips for Round 13 of the 2021 NRL season.

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Dragons v Broncos

Thursday, June 3, 7:50pm AEST
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium


Brisbane’s frustrating inconsistency reared its ugly head once again last week after a disappointing 40-12 loss to the Storm. The Broncos will now face a struggling Dragons outfit who are backing-up from a poor defeat at the hands of the Tigers with a solitary win from their last seven matches coming against the last-placed Bulldogs.

Brisbane will be missing Payne Hass and Xavier Coates to Origin I, with exciting rookie Selwyn Cobbo set to make his NRL debut on the wing. Matt Lodge and Tyson Gamble will return from suspension at prop and halfback respectively with captain Alex Glenn also set to return from a long injury layoff in the second-row. For the Dragons, Tariq Sims will be absent due to Origin with Matt Dufty and Josh Kerr set to make timely returns from injury and suspension respectively. Mikaele Ravalawa will also return on the wing with controversial forward Jack De Belin named to make his long-awaited return from the NRL’s stand-down protocols off the bench.

St George will enter this match as firm favourites, but will need to be wary of a Brisbane side that has performed reasonably well against some of the competition’s elite clubs. The Dragons will be looking for a form turnaround against the struggling Broncos but the return of Dufty, Kerr, Ravalawa and De Belin should get them over the line.

Betting Tip: Dragons H2H @ $1.44 (bet365, BlueBet, Unibet)



Tigers v Panthers

Friday, June 4, 7:55pm AEST
Leichhardt Oval


The Tigers continue to teeter between improved form and inconsistency but have showcased some wonderful attacking football of late, particularly in their last-start win over the Dragons. They will face a massive test against the undefeated Panthers, albeit missing eight top-line stars due to Origin and injury.

Penrith will be without Liam Martin, Api Koroisau, Kurt Capewell, Isaah Yeo, Jarome Luai, Brian To’o and Nathan Cleary in a massive representative toll that is indicative of the form they are showing on the field. Dylan Edwards will make a timely return from injury at fullback, while Robert Jennings, Mitch Kenny and Tyrone may have been named on the wing, hooker and halfback respectively. Moses Leota will also be missing due to suspension with Ivan Cleary naming an all-new bench of Jaeman Salmon, J’maine Hopgood, Lindsay Smith and Izack Tago. Meanwhile, the Tigers will replace Maroons forward Joe Ofahengaue with Stefano Utoikamana on the bench in an otherwise unchanged squad.
Penrith will enter this match as favourites but with their opposition missing only one player due to Origin – the Tigers will fancy themselves a big chance of causing an upset. It remains to be seen how Penrith react in the absence of so many stars, but expect the depth within this Panthers squad to come to the fore.

Betting Tip: Panthers -6.5 @ $1.90 (Bluebet)



Storm v Titans

Saturday, June 5, 7:35pm AEST
Sunshine Coast Stadium

An understrength Melbourne outfit produced a dominant victory over the Broncos last week, and with a massive injury toll of late, the Victorian club should be well positioned to excel in the absence of their Origin players. They will face a Titans squad coming off a woeful 38-10 loss to the Sharks with the Gold Coast club’s poor defensive record a major concern for coach Justin Holbrook.
Melbourne were already missing the likes of Christian Welch, Cameron Munster and Ryan Papenhyzen last week. They will be without Felise Kaufusi and Josh Addo-Carr to Origin as Kenny Bromwich makes his return from injury in the second-row, and Dean Ieremia replaces Addo-Carr on the wing. Ryley Jacks has also been included on the bench in an otherwise unchanged squad. For the Titans, Ash Taylor will return at five-eighth with the son of Titans club legend Preston Campbell, Jayden, also named to make his NRL debut on the wing. Sam Stone, will replace David Fifita in the second-row, while Tyrone Peachy, Jai Whitbread and Joseph Vuna all join the bench.
Melbourne have barely skipped a beat even in the absence of so many injured stars. The Storm will enter this match as firm favourites and should possess the defensive discipline and power-game through the middle of the field to get the win.

Betting Tip: Titans +22.5 @ $1.91 (bet365)



Knights v Eels

Sunday, June 6, 4:05pm AEST
McDonald Jones Stadium

The Eels will be looking to get ahead of a concerning form-slump after a poor 38-20 loss handing the club their second-consecutive loss. They will face a Newcastle outfit who produced a huge upset win over Manly last week in an impressive performance from the struggling Knights as they move desperately to salvage their season.
Parramatta will welcome back some key players, with Reed Mahoney named to play after being released from Maroons’ camp and Dylan Brown and Reagan Campbell-Gillard set to return from suspension. Haze Dunster and Will Smith will also join the squad on the wing and bench respectively in an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, Newcastle will be missing Daniel Saifiti to Origin and David Klemmer and Tyson Frizell to suspension and injury respectively in a devastating blow. Kurt Mann, Jack Johns and Simi Sasagi will also join the interchange.
While the Eels will enter this match as firm favourites, they will need to be highly cautious of a Newcastle outfit desperate to recapture their best form after a much-improved performance against Manly last week. Parramatta have surprisingly lost only one player to Origin in Junior Paulo and should have the ascendancy over a Newcastle squad missing the likes of Saifiti, Frizell and Klemmer. Eels to get the win.

Betting Tip: Knights +12.5 @ $1.90 (Unibet, Sportsbet)


Best Bet

Titans +22.5 @ $1.91 (bet365)


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