NRL Round 20 Preview, Tips, Odds and Team Lists

Round 20 of the NRL season gets underway on Thursday night – see the latest news, stats, milestones, tips & odds for Round 20 right here!

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WESTS TIGERS V NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS PREDICTION

THURSDAY – AUGUST 1 – 7:50 PM

NRL Round 20 gets underway on Thursday night when the Tigers and Cowboys clash to keep their finals hopes alive.

Wests Tigers will be motivated at home on the back of the news that club legend Robbie Farah will retire at the end of the year. Last weekend the Tigers ended a 3 game losing run by scoring a solid 2 point victory over the Knights in Farah’s 300th game. A win here and several results going their way this weekend could see the Tigers rise to 8th place on the table.

The Cowboys have lost their last two games against Souths and Cronulla leading into this clash. The Cowboys have horrible form at Leichhardt Oval, winning just once there against the Wests Tigers way back in 2000.

The Wests Tigers have won their last two games against the Cowboys and 4 of their last 5.

Team Lists
Tigers:
1. Corey Thompson 2. Paul Momirovski 3. Moses Mbye 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Robbie Farah 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Michael Chee-Kam 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Matt Eisenhuth 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Alex Twal 17. Chris Lawrence 18. Jacob Liddle 19. Tommy Talau 20. Chris McQueen 21. Josh Reynolds.
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Coen Hess 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh McGuire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. John Asiata 15. Matt Scott 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo 18. Corey Jensen 19. Tom Gilbert 20. Gideon Gela-Mosby 21. Reuben Cotter.

Milestones: The Wests Tigers need to score 42 points to reach 10,000 for their history.

All markets for the Tigers v Cowboys.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS V CANBERRA RAIDERS PREDICTION

FRIDAY – AUGUST 2 – 6:00 PM

NRL Round 20 tips for this game will favour the Raiders, however the Warriors have been very strong over their last 6 games.

After some largely poor form in the first half of the season, where the Warriors won 4 of their opening 12 games. However they’ve had 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in their last 6 matches, all games were decided by 4 points or less. Last weekend they were unlucky to go down to Parramatta by 2 points.

Canberra won 6 of their opening 8 games before losing 3 straight during the Origin period, before winning 6 of their last 7 matches. They’ve won their last 3 games, beating the Dragons 36-14, The Wests Tigers 20-12 and the resurgent Penrith Panthers 30-18 last weekend, to entrench themselves in the top 4.

The Warriors have won their last two games against the Raiders.

Team Lists
Warriors:
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Gerard Beale 3. Peta Hiku 4. Blake Ayshford 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 9. Issac Luke 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Isaiah Papalii 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Lachlan Burr 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Chanel Harris-Tavita 18. Karl Lawton 20. Josh Curran 21. Adam Pompey 22. Adam Keighran.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Michael Oldfield 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Dunamis Lui 18. Sam Williams 19. Hudson Young 20. Sebastian Kris 21. Royce Hunt.

Milestones: Gerard Beale needs 8 points to reach 200 for his career.

All markets for the Warriors v Raiders here.

BRISBANE BRONCOS V MELBOURNE STORM PREDICTION

FRIDAY – AUGUST 2 – 7:55 PM

NRL Round 19 odds for this match are naturally pointing towards a Storm victory despite the Broncos finally starting to find some form.

Brisbane had an atrocious start to their season, winning just 5 of their opening 14 games to see them running third last. They’ve since had 3 wins against Cronulla 24-22, Canterbury 28-6 and the Titans last weekend 34-12 as well as an 18 all draw with the Warriors, to see them move into the top 8 for the first time since Round 2.

Melbourne’s 9 game winning streak came to an end last weekend against long-time rivals Manly. The game went into Golden Point where Manly’s halfback Daly Cherry-Evans kicked the match winning field goal. It was just the third loss for the Storm this year.

Melbourne have won their last 6 games against Brisbane and all 8 clashes with the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium since 2009.

Team Lists
Broncos:
1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Thomas Flegler 14. James Segeyaro 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Tom Dearden 19. Herbie Farnworth 20. Xavier Coates 21. Shaun Fensom.
Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Brandon Smith 15. Christian Welch 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 18. Marion Seve 19. Tui Kamikamica 20. Tino Faasuamaleaui 21. Sandor Earl.

Milestones: Sandor Earl needs 4 points to reach 100 for his career.

All markets for the Broncos v Storm here.

MANLY SEA-EAGLES V NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS PREDICTION

SATURDAY – AUGUST 3 – 3:00 PM

The NRL Teams Round 20 for these sides show a Manly side in good form and a Knights side that has had a few changes due to poor form.

Manly have won 11 games in 2019 despite losing their opening 2 games. They’ve won 5 of their last 6 games against the Cowboys, the Dragons, Titans, Parramatta and last weekend they produced a stunning performance to beat the league leading Storm in golden point. Their sole loss was by 1 point against Souths.

The Knights form this year has been hot and cold. After winning in Round 1, they lost 5 straight matches before winning 6 straight matches. They then lost to the Storm, beat the Broncos, but have since lost all of their last 4 games against the Warriors, Bulldogs, Roosters and the Tigers last weekend.

Manly won the last encounter between these two sides.

Team Lists
Sea-Eagles:
1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Jack Gosiewski 19. Apisai Koroisau 20. Brendan Elliot 21. Lloyd Perrett.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Tautau Moga 5. Kurt Mann 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Connor Watson 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Tim Glasby 14. Jacob Saifiti 15. James Gavet 16. Sione Mata’utia 17. Aidan Guerra 18. Jamie Buhrer 19. Beau Fermor 20. Jirah Momoisea 21. Chris Randall.

Milestones: Jake Trbojevic needs 4 points to reach 100 for his club and career.
Josh King will play his 50th club and career game.

All markets for the Sea-Eagles v Knights here.

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS V PENRITH PANTHERS PREDICTION

SATURDAY – AUGUST 3 – 5:30 PM

The NRL Teams Round 20 for these sides have seen plenty of changes over the year, most notably Kiwi Test fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak switching from Penrith to the Dogs.

The Bulldogs were sitting last after 14 Rounds, before scoring back-to-back wins over then top 8 sides the Sharks 14-12 and the Knights 20-14. They’ve since had losses to the Broncos 28-6 and then last weekend they went down to the Roosters 20-12 in a spirited performance.

Penrith started their season with 2 wins from 10 games, but before their season looked to be finished, they then went on to win 7 straight games to climb from last place up to 7th on the ladder. Last weekend their winning run ended with a 30-18 loss to the top 4 Raiders side.

Penrith won their last match against the Bulldogs.

Team Lists
Bulldogs:
1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Jack Cogger 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Adam Elliott 14. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Danny Fualalo 17. Chris Smith 19. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 20. Brandon Wakeham 21. Jayden Okunbor 22. Ofahiki Ogden.
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Liam Martin 12. Frank Winterstein 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Wayde Egan 15. Jarome Luai 16. Moses Leota 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 18. Spencer Leniu 19. Jed Cartwright 20. Stephen Crichton 21. Hame Sele.

Milestones: Aiden Tolman will play his 200th club game.

All markets for the Bulldogs v Panthers here.

CRONULLA SHARKS V SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS PREDICTION

SATURDAY – AUGUST 3 – 7:35 PM

The NRL Teams Round 20 for both these sides are as close to full strength as they’ve been all year.

The Sharks will field their strongest 17 of the season, just in time for their run towards the finals. They were sitting in 6th place before dropping 5 straight games, 4 of which were by 2 points or less and saw the Sharks score more tries than their opponent. Last weekend they broke the run with a 16-14 win over the Cowboys

Souths climbed to the top of the ladder in Round 11, after they won 10 games. However, Origin and a heavy injury toll saw the Rabbitohs lose four straight games. They since won games against Manly, North Queensland and the Dragons to remain in second place.

Souths won their last game against the Sharks.

Team Lists
Sharks:
1. Matt Moylan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Dugan 5. Josh Morris 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen 14. Kurt Capewell 15. Jack Williams 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Blayke Brailey 20. Ronaldo Mulitalo 21. Kyle Flanagan.
Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Dane Gagai 3. James Roberts 4. Braidon Burns 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray 14. Liam Knight 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Ethan Lowe 17. Kyle Turner 18. Connor Tracey 19. Corey Allan 20. Jaydn Su’A 21. Dean Britt.

Milestones: James Roberts needs to score 6 points to reach 300 for his career.

All markets for the Sharks v Rabbitohs here.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS V GOLD COAST TITANS PREDICTION

SUNDAY – AUGUST 4 – 2:00 PM

This will be one of the easiest NRL results Round 20 to predict, when the back-in-form defending Premiers, the Roosters, take on the last placed Titans.

The Roosters won 8 straight games to rise to the top of the table. They then lost 3 straight games before wins over the Dogs and the Tigers between losses to Melbourne and the Cowboys. The Roosters since beat Newcastle 48-10 and last weekend they beat Canterbury 20-12.

The Titans have won just 4 of their 18 games in 2019 and sit plum last. They’ve recently sacked their coach and are still in the process of hiring a replacement. They’ve lost all of their last 5 games against the Warriors, Manly, Panthers, Storm and the Broncos.

The Roosters have won their last 4 games against the Titans and 6 of their last 7.

Team Lists
Roosters:
1. James Tedesco 5. Brett Morris 4. Joseph Manu 3. Latrell Mitchell 2. Daniel Tupou 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Isaac Liu 9. Sam Verrills 10. Zane Tetevano 11. Angus Crichton 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley 14. Nat Butcher 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Lindsay Collins 17. Sitili Tupouniua 18. Matt Ikuvalu 19. Drew Hutchison 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Max Bailey.
Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Kallum Watkins 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Jack Stockwell 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Sam Stone 13. Jai Whitbread 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Brenko Lee 17. Bryce Cartwright 18. Ash Taylor 19. Mitch Rein 20. Will Matthews 21. Leilani Latu.

Milestones: Cooper Cronk needs 1 try to reach 100 for his career.
Isaac Liu will play his 150th club and career game.
Latrell Mitchell needs 13 points to reach 600 for his career.
Brett Morris needs 1 try to reach 150 for his career.
Michael Gordon needs 10 points to reach 200 for his club.

All markets for the Roosters v Titans here.

ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS V PARRAMATTA EELS PREDICTION

SUNDAY – AUGUST 4 – 4:05 PM

The NRL Round 20 team lists for these sides are at near full strength but are in much different form.

The Dragons season looked good early on, after winning 4 of their opening 6 matches, but their 2019 campaign has fallen apart as they’ve won just 2 of their 12 matches since. Those wins came against bottom 4 sides Canterbury 36-12 and the Cowboys 22-14. They’ve lost their last 4 games, including last weekends 20-16 loss to Souths.

The Eels have been in the top 8 all year and are in their best form of the season, having won 5 of their last 7 games. Last weekend they scored a somewhat controversial victory over the Warriors by 24-22.

Parramatta have won their last 2 games against the Dragons and 8 of their last 9 matches.

Team Lists
Dragons:
1. Corey Norman 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Zac Lomax 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. James Graham 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Korbin Sims 16. Patrick Kaufusi 17. Luciano Leilua 18. Tristan Sailor 19. Josh Kerr 20. Matthew Dufty 21. Mikaele Ravalawa.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Brad Takairangi 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Manu Ma’u 13. Nathan Brown 14. Marata Niukore 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. David Gower 17. Tepai Moeroa 18. Josh Hoffman 19. Peni Terepo 20. Jaeman Salmon 21. Andrew Davey.

Milestones: James Graham will play his 400th career club game across the NRL, Superleague and World Club Challenge.

All markets for the Dragons v Eels here.

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