NRL Round 20 Previews and Betting Tips

The following are previews with betting tips for Round 20 of the 2023 NRL season. Best bets for the round are also provided.

Compare NRL bookmaker odds
View the NRL form guide
View NRL betting promotions (not available to NSW & WA)



Knights v Tigers

Friday, July 14, 8pm AEST
McDonald Jones Stadium

Form guide for Knights vs Tigers


Newcastle enjoyed a bye last week but will be chomping at the bit after their massive last-start, 66-nil win over Canterbury in round 18 breathed life into the club’s spluttering season. They will face a Tigers outfit who were soundly beaten last week by Cronulla, although the 24-point loss was still a marked improvement over their record-breaking 74-nil loss to North Queensland the week before.

Newcastle have named Bradman Best and Jacob Saifiti to back-up from Origin III at centre and the bench respectively, with Dane Gagai also set to return at centre in positive news for an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, Wests will receive a huge boost with Api Koroisau returning early from a broken jaw at hooker. Alex Twal will also make his return from suspension on the bench in Tim Sheens’ only changes.

After enduring a difficult start to the year, Knights coach Adam O’Brien finally looks to have found the spine-combinations that will take the club forward and even if they fail to reach the top-eight, fans will be confident their club can take some scalps before the year’s end. Koroisau’s return will improve the Tigers enormously given their primary struggle has been putting points on the board, but expect Newcastle to get the points.

Betting Tip: Knights -10.5 @ $1.92 (Picklebet)



Bulldogs v Broncos

Saturday, July 15, 3pm AEST
Belmore Sports Ground

Form guide for Bulldogs vs Broncos

Brisbane enjoyed a much-needed bye last week after a sloppy win over the Dolphins. They will face a Canterbury outfit who surged back into form with an impressive last-win over the Rabbitohs, albeit without their Origin stars. It was an important response from the Bulldogs after their woeful 66-nil loss to Newcastle in round 18 – easing pressure on rookie coach Cameron Ciraldo and giving long-suffering fans some optimism.

Unsurprisingly, the Bulldogs have named an unchanged squad after their rousing win over Souths. Josh Addo-Carr is in some doubt after sustaining a hamstring injury in Origin III with Paul Alamoti his likely replacement. Meanwhile, Brisbane will receive a big boost with experienced edge-forward Kurt Capewell returning from a quad injury. Brisbane’s sole Origin representative in Patrick Carrigan has been included in the reserves and is likely to back-up with Jesse Arthars also included on the bench. Corey Oates will be a late withdrawal after sustaining an injury with his replacement yet to be named.

The Broncos will enter this match as firm favourites but should be highly cautious of a Canterbury outfit that looked a different beast with mid-season import Toby Sexton at halfback and Jake Averillo shifting to the fullback role. Experience and composure in key positions has been the Bulldogs’ Achilles heel all season and while the club won’t be making the finals, their coach will be pushing them for some big performances before the end of the season. Expect a brutal physical contest but the understrength Broncos should get the points in a narrow contest.

Betting Tip: Bulldogs +7.5 @ $1.91 (bet365)


Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles v Cowboys

Saturday, July 15, 5:30pm AEST
4 Pines Park

Form guide for Sea Eagles vs Cowboys

Despite enjoying a bye last-week, North Queensland are on a warpath into the top-eight having rediscovered their form after a woeful start to the year. Gunning for their fifth consecutive win, they will take on the Sea Eagles – who were solid in a narrow victory over the understrength Roosters in round 18 with new coach Anthony Seibold facing plenty of challenges in his first year at the club.

Maroons stars Murray Taulagi, Jeremiah Nanai, Valentine Holmes and Reuben Cotter have been named to back-up from Origin III, with skipper Jason Taumalolo again named to come off the bench. Meanwhile, Manly’s Origin stars in Jake Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans have both been named to back-up as Dean Matterson joins the bench in an otherwise unchanged squad.

The Cowboys have produced some devastating form in recent weeks, posting victories over heavyweights in the Storm, Penrith and Souths. Sitting equal 7th on the competition ladder, the Queensland club will be pushing to win as many of their remaining games as possible to maximise their finals chances. If Manly bring their best, this game should be a scintillating contest but it is hard to tip against North Queensland given their current form.

Betting Tip: Cowboys -4.5 @ $1.94 (Boombet)


Roosters v Storm

Saturday, July 15, 7:35pm AEST
Sydney Cricket Ground

Form guide for Roosters vs Storm


Melbourne enjoyed a much-needed bye last week with the club licking its wounds after a brutal 18-point loss to Penrith in round 18. Their opposition in the Roosters also had a bye after a similarly disappointing two-point loss to Manly as the Tri-Colours’ indifferent form continues to plague the club.

Melbourne will welcome Will Warbrick back from concussion protocols, while Maroons stars Xavier Coates, Harry Grant and Cameron Munster have all been named to back-up from Origin III. Meanwhile, the Roosters will welcome back a huge stable of talent with Jake Turpin, Billy Smith and Joseph Suaali’i all returning at hooker, centre and wing respectively with Brandon Smith and Egan Butcher also set to join the bench. Origin stars James Tedesco and Lindsay Collins have been named to back up in an otherwise unchanged squad.

While Roosters fans will be hoping for a miraculous turnaround in their club’s on-field fortunes, they will face a brutal response from a Melbourne outfit still burning from their last-start loss to the reigning premiers. At their best, the Roosters are certainly capable of producing an upset but expect the 4th-placed Storm to come away with the points.

Betting Tip: Storm -4.5 @ $2 (Boombet)



Warriors v Sharks

Sunday, July 16, 2pm AEST
Go Media Stadium

Form guide for Warriors vs Sharks

Round 20 will bring a blockbuster clash between the Warriors and Sharks with both teams producing dominant victories last week over the Eels and Tigers respectively. Cronulla have failed to perform against the competition’s elite teams and could go a long way to securing a top-four berth with a victory, with the Kiwi club sitting just one win outside the top-four.

Cronulla have unsurprisingly named an unchanged squad in welcome signs of some squad continuity at the most important period of the season. For the Warriors, the absence of Bunty Afoa will see Mitchell Barnett shift to prop with Josh Curran coming into the second-row as cover. Shaun Johnson could be a possible late withdrawal depending on the timing of the birth of his second-child, with Ronald Volkman the likely replacement in his absence.

Cronulla have a woeful record against top-eight teams this season and with their opposition looking like a massive chance to break into the top-four, the Sharks will be desperate to prove they can go deep into the finals this year. Expect a tough physical contest but Cronulla’s struggles in the big moments should continue against an in-form Warriors squad playing in front of their home-fans. Warriors to get the win.

Betting Tip: Warriors H2H @ $1.99 (Picklebet)



Dolphins v Panthers

Sunday, July 16, 4:05pm AEST
Kayo Stadium

Form guide for Dolphins vs Panthers

The Dolphins produced a rousing two-point victory over an in-form Titans squad in a scintillating Queensland derby last week, snapping a four-game losing streak to relieve pressure on the NRL’s newest club. They will face no bigger test against the reigning premiers, particularly after their dominant last-star victory over the Storm, before a bye last week.

The Dolphins will welcome Felise Kaufusi’s return from concussion in the second-row. Origin star Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow has been named to back up from Origin III at centre with Kodi Nikorima retaining the fullback jersey. For Penrith, Origin stars Isaah Yeo, Stephen Crichton, Liam Martin and Brian To’o have been named to back-up from their victorious Origin game. Scott Sorensen will also make his return from a neck injury, with superstar halfback Nathan Cleary also a possible late inclusion from a long-term injury layoff after he was included in the reserves.

Penrith will enter this contest as firm favourites given their recent form. The Dolphins have shown plenty of courage in recent weeks but as the season has progressed, their imbalanced roster and lack of depth in their first year in the NRL have become apparent. Expect the Panthers to get the win.

Betting Tip: Panthers -14.5 @ $1.92 (Boombet)



Eels v Titans

Sunday, July 16, 6:15pm AEST
CommBank Stadium

Form guide for Eels vs Titans

Parramatta were on the receiving end of a brutal, 36-point demolition at the hands of the Warriors last week with the club under huge pressure to stay in the top-eight. They will face the Titans, whose top-eight charge hit a roadblock in a disappointing loss to an understrength Dolphins outfit, leaving the club one win outside the finals cutoff.

Origin reps Clint Gutherson, Mitchell Moses and Reagan Campbell-Gillar have all been named to back-up from Origin III. Shaun Lane has been promoted to the starting second-row, relegating Andrew Davey to the bench in an otherwise unchanged squad. Meanwhile, Maroons stars Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Moeaki Fotuaika, David Fifita and AJ Brimson will all back up after their game-III loss in an otherwise unchanged squad.

Both teams will be burning from last-start losses and will be desperate to bank premiership points to make the finals. The return of their Origin stars will see the Eels enter the contest as firm favourites but they should be wary of a Titans line-up who have proven very capable of big performances. This match could go either way but expect a big bounce-back from Parramatta to hand them a narrow victory.

Betting Tip: Titans +9.5 @ $2.05 (Colossalbet)


Best Bets

Betting Tip: Titans +9.5 @ $2.05 (Colossalbet)

Betting Tip: Storm -4.5 @ $2 (Boombet



Share this:


Post Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.