NRL 2023 Round 19 – Betting tips & Predictions

 Daniel Berson
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Daniel Berson
04/07/2023
NRL
NRL 2023 Round 19

Round 18 is in the books and what a bizarre round it was. Just 6 weeks after conceding 66 points to the Tigers, the Cowboys thrashed them 74-0, while the Knights also went out and demolished the Bulldogs 66-0. With the big wins behind us, we look forward to round 19, our final major bye round for the year. Stay tuned as we help you find value across all 5 games this week.

Round 19 Fixtures

FixturesInfo (AEST)Home OddsAway Odds
Tigers vs SharksThursday, 6th July 7:50pm$8.00$1.08
Dragons vs RaidersFriday, 7th July 8pm$3.40$1.32
Eels vs WarriorsSaturday, 8th July 5:30pm$2.35$1.60
Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs Saturday, 8th July 7:35pm$1.50$2.60
Titans vs DolphinsSunday, 9th July 4:05pm$1.70$2.15

Tigers vs Sharks

Kicking off the round we have the Tigers hosting the Sharks. These two sides could not be coming off more contrasting weeks, with the Sharks putting 50 points on their rivals the Dragons for the first time, while the Tigers suffered the biggest defeat in NRL history, losing 74-0 to the Cowboys. The Sharks have found some great form of late, winning their last 2 games. Their right edge has formed some great combinations, particularly Nicho Hynes and Briton Nikora who look unstoppable. Despite this rich run of form, the Sharks remain unimpacted by Origin, with Nicho Hynes missing out.

The Tigers have looked abysmal lately, losing 4 in a row. They are without Koroisau and Brooks, the 2 key organizers in this team and it really shows. They look completely disjoint, a real shame for a side that showed great promise at times this season. The Sharks should be far too good for a battered and bruised Tigers side.

BookmakerDaniel’s TipOdds
Playup logoSharks 13+$1.52
TopSport logoSharks -18.5$1.87
Bet365 LogoSharks -9.5 first half$1.77

Predicted Squads

Wests TigersTigers: 1. Jahream Bula 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Brent Naden 4. Starford To’a 5. Junior Tupou 6. Daine Laurie 7. Brandon Wakeham 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Jake Simpkin 10. David Klemmer 11. Isaiah Papali’I 12. Shawn Blore 13. John Bateman 14. Tallyn Da Silva 15. Tommy Talau 16. Fonua Pole 17. Alex Seyfarth

Cronulla-Sutherland SharksSharks: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Oregon Kaufusi 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Tom Hazelton 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane 14. Cameron Mcinnes 15. Wade Graham 16. Jack Williams 17. Connor Tracey

Dragons vs Raiders

Our only game on Friday night sees the Dragons host the Raiders. The Dragons are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Sharks while the Raiders are coming off a 4-point win against the Titans. The Dragons looked good for the first 20 minutes last week, going toe to toe with the Sharks but quickly they were outmatched. This Dragons side has been struggling this year, with the majority of their attack coming through Ben Hunt. With Hunt playing State of Origin this week, the Dragons will need to improve tremendously to compete with this Raiders side.

The Raiders lose only Horsburgh to Origin who is a significant loss but can be covered. The Raiders have showed tremendous fight this year, with them having a tremendous ability to win close games. They sit in 5th spot on the ladder despite their -65-point difference, worse than all teams sitting 11th and above. While the Raiders once again should be too good here, with their depleted forward pack with Papalii and Horsburgh out, I can see this one being a low scoring, competitive affair.

BookmakerDaniel’s TipOdds
Playup logoRaiders 1-12$3.00
TopSport logoDragons +9.5$1.87
Bet365 LogoUnder 44.5$1.91

Predicted Squads

St. George Illawarra DragonsDragons: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Mat Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Jayden Sullivan 7. Talatau Amone 8. Francis Molo 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Michael Molo 11. Jack Bird 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Jack De Belin 14. Toby Couchman 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Zane Musgrove

Canberra RaidersRaiders: 1. Sebastian Kris 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Jared Croker 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Ata Mariota 9. Zac Woolford 10. Emre Guler 11. Hudson Young 12. Ellot Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Tom Starling 15. Trey Mooney 16. Nick Cotric 17. Pasami Saulo 

Eels vs Warriors

Kicking off a shortened Super Saturday we have the Eels hosting the Warriors. The Eels will be well rested coming off a bye, while the Warriors will be looking to make amends for their 28-6 loss at home to the Rabbitohs. The Eels have been in incredible form coming into this one, winning 5 on the trot, while the Warriors had won their previous 3 before last week. The Eels rich run of form will cost them this week, as RCG, Moses and Gutherson have all been selected for the Blues. The Warriors on the other hand miss nobody to Origin.

While fully fit I would give the edge to the Eels here, without Moses and Gutherson, their attack will struggle. Moses and Gutherson are the 2 primary creators and organizers of the Eels and without them they will look like a completely different side. I expect Shaun Johnson and the Warriors to make this one look relatively easy in a must win game if they want to make finals. 

BookmakerDaniel’s TipOdds
Playup logoHalftime/Fulltime Double – Warriors/Warriors $2.15
TopSport logoWarriors -5.5$1.87
Bet365 LogoWarriors to win$1.54

Predicted Squads

Parramatta EelsEels: 1. Sean Russell 2. Maika Sivo 3. Will Penisini 4. Bailey Simonsson 5. Waqa Blake 6. Ryan Matterson 7. Daejarn Asi 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Brendan Hands 10. Junior Paulo 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Shaun Lane 13. J’maine Hopgood 14. Matt Doorey 15. Ofahiki Ogden 16. Andrew Davey 17. Makahesi Makatoa

New Zealand WarriorsWarriors: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Luke Metcalf 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Bunty Afoa 11. Jackson Ford 12. Mitch Barnett 13. Tohu Harris 14. Bayley Sironen 15. Josh Curran 16. Dylan Walker 17. Tom Ale

Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs

Our second and final game on Saturday sees the Rabbitohs hosting the Bulldogs. The Rabbitohs are coming off an impressive victory away to the Warriors while the Bulldogs are coming off an embarrassing 66-0 loss to the Knights. There is no doubt here than fully fit the Rabbitohs are the far superior side, but they are nowhere near full strength. The Rabbitohs are without Latrell Mitchell, Campbell Graham and Jai Arrow to injury as well as Cody Walker, Damien Cook, Keaon Koloamatangi and Cameron Murray to Origin. 

These are arguably the Rabbitohs 7 most important players and without them they are a fully different side. The Bulldogs should be pretty much at full fitness, and after coming off such a poor performance, I am expecting them to turn up and ambush the Rabbitohs here.

BookmakerDaniel’s TipOdds
Playup logoBulldogs +6.5$1.77
TopSport logoBulldogs to win$2.60
Bet365 LogoBulldogs +2.5 first half$1.87

Predicted Squads

Rabbitohs: 1. Blake Taafe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Richard Kennar 5. Tyrone Munro 6. Dean Hawkins 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Peter Mamouzelos 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jed Cartwright 12. Jacob Host 13. Hame Sele 14. Davvy Moale 15. Michael Chee Kam 16. Siliva Havili 17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita

Bulldogs: 1. Hayze Perham 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Jake Averillo 4. Paul Alamoti 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Khaled Rajab 7. Matt Burton 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Tevita Pangai Junior 11. Jayden Okunborl 12. Jacob Preston 13. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 14. Harrison Edwards 15. Kurtis Morrin 16. Franklin Pele 17. Jackson Topine

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Titans vs Dolphins

Our final game of the round sees the Titans host the Dolphins. The Titans are coming off a brutal loss to the Raiders, thanks to a no-try called on David Fifita at the end of the first half, while the Dolphins fought valiantly despite losing to the Broncos. The Titans will be significantly undermanned this week, with Brimson, Fifita, Tino and Fotuaika all being called up into the Queensland squad. These are 4 of the Titans most influential players, and while they can cover Brimson with Campbell, their pack will be severely below full strength.

The Dolphins on the other hand only lose Tabuai-Fidow to Origin and their forwards should be similar to last week. While fully fit, the Titans pack is one of the strongest in the competition, with their outs for Origin, I think the Dolphins may dominate this one through the middle and come away with the upset victory.

BookmakerDaniel’s TipOdds
Playup logoDolphins +1.5 first half$1.95
TopSport logoDolphins +2.5$1.87
Bet365 LogoDolphins to win$2.15

Predicted Squads

Gold Coast TitansTitans: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Alofiano Khan-Pereira 3. Brian Kelly 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Phillip Sami 6. Kieran Foran 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Jaimin Jolliffe 9. Sam Verills 10. Isaac Lui 11. Klese Haas 12. Joe Stimson 13. Erin Clark 14. Kruise Leeming 15. Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Chris Randall 17. Thomas Mikaele

DolphinsDolphins: 1. Kodi Nikorima 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Euan Aitken 4. Valynce Te Whare 5. Tesi Niu 6. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Isaiya Katoa 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Ray Stone 10. Herman Ese’ese 11. Kenny Bromwich 12. Felise Kaufusi 13. Connelly Lemuelu 14. Max Plath 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Josh Kerr 17. Harrison Graham

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