Punters will get an early look at the finals on Thursday Night Football.
Brisbane and Parramatta do battle and it wouldn’t surprise to see these sides fight it out in a few weeks time when more than just two competition points are on the line.
The Broncos have been ultra impressive coming into this match and beat Stgeorge Illawarra 24-12 last week.
Parramatta has had just as good a run as the Queenslanders of late and kept the pressure on for a top four spot with a resounding 30-8 win over the battling Gold Coast in Round 24.
LEARNING FROM THEIR MISTAKES
BRISBANE has won five of their past six matches and look a strong chance of finishing top two on the ladder.
The Broncos only loss during this span was against Parramatta where they raced out to an early lead only to lose their way and allow the Eels to come back score 14-point win.
Wayne Bennett’s side has lifted significantly in the three games since then and has outscored their opposition 110-22.
FLYING UNDER THE RADAR
PARRAMATTA were being spoken about as premiership contenders a fortnight ago but plenty of punters are yet to be convinced.
Their disappointing 29-10 loss to the Knights, which broke a six-game winning streak, was enough for the doubters to come out and say that the Eels simply don’t have what it takes to get to the first Sunday in October.
Brad Arthur’s side is now out to $19 @ bet365 to win the Grand Final and are definitely worth a few dollars at the price considering they have only lost once since Round 15.
Four of their past seven wins have been by 13 points or more.
BRISBANE has generally dominated this fixture but as mentioned earlier it was the Eels who won the previous clash in Round 21.
This was a strange game with the Broncos scoring tries in the fifth and seventh minutes thanks to Matt Gillett and James Roberts. Parra hit back with two tries in three minutes of their own with the scores locked at 12-all after 18 minutes.
Continuing on the theme of tries in quick succession, Kirosome Auva’a and Bevan French crossed in the 75th and 79th minutes to seal a 28-14 win.
Prior to that the Broncos had won four of the previous five matchups.
When looking at games played at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane has won three of the past four matches between the sides including the past two by an average of 17 points.
We are favouring the BRONCOS here but they are short enough.
On paper there isn’t a great deal between the sides but the betting suggests otherwise with the team @ Unibet offering $1.28 for the home side to get the money.
One big plus in favour of Brisbane is the fact they are one of the best teams in terms of running metres and that will mean that Anthony Milford, Kodi Nikorima and Ben Hunt will be throwing plenty of questions at the Eels goal line defence.
The Broncos are also one of the best home teams in the NRL with a 9-2 record in 2017 which will definitely give them some sort of advantage despite the fact Parra aren’t hopeless on the road (7-4)
The visitors will be without Bevan French for this one which is a huge blow at fullback.
COREY OATES ANYTIME TRYSCORER – has scored seven tries in his past six games
BRISBANE 13+ WINNING MARGIN – their average winning margin at Suncorp Stadium this season is 15.7 points