NRL Betting: Back Brisbane Broncos to see off Parramatta Eels by 1-12 points Winning Margin
August 24, 2017
Recommended bet: Winning Margin – Brisbane Broncos to win by 1-12 points @ 2/1 (3.00) with bet365
Brisbane Broncos play host to the Parramatta Eels at the Suncorp Stadium on Thursday evening, with the Broncos looking to hang onto second spot whilst the Eels seek the victory that would push them into the top four and draw them level on points with Broncos going into the final round of matches in the regular campaign.
The Broncos saw off St. George-Illawarra Dragons 24-12 last week, securing a third straight win and a fifth victory in six matches in the process. Their one blemish on that record was a 28-14 defeat against Thursday’s opponents at the ANZ Stadium at the end of July.
After the seismic shock of their 29-10 loss at home to bottom of the table Newcastle Knights a fortnight ago, the Eels returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 30-8 win over the Gold Coast Titans last week. That took their run to seven wins in their last eight, with that loss to the Knights being potentially disastrous in their quest for a top four finish.
It’s perhaps worth noting that the Broncos come into the game having scored more points than any of their rivals this term, with their 543 to date coming at an average of close on 25 per game. By contrast, the Eels are the lowest scorers of the current top 11 teams, averaging barely 19 per game.
The manner of Eels win over the Broncos a month back means that revenge will be on the agenda for Wayne Bennett’s charges after a particularly fiery encounter last month in which the Broncos surrendered a 12-0 lead. A Broncos win would not only leave them in pole position to secure a top two finish and home advantage in the Qualifying finals, but would also derail the Eels top four aspirations.
The bookies certainly strongly favour a Broncos’ win, with a best price of 3/10 (1.30) on offer from PalmerBet. However, with so much at stake and another physical battle seemingly inevitable, the better option might be to look at the Winning Margin market, where the Broncos are priced at a more appealing 2/1 (3.00) to prevail by 1-12 points with bet365.