The quality of football always struggles to please at this point in the NRL season, but there’s still plenty for punters to keep an eye on.

Bulldogs Firm For Spoon

By losing to a Raiders side without Josh Hodgson, Jordan Rapana, Joey Leilua, Nick Cotric, Josh Papalii and Jack Wighton, the Bulldogs shortened to $2.20 in the Least Wins market.

How, when your own side is all but full-strength, or at least healthy enough to be full-strength if the right 17 is picked, do you lose to a side on a three-game losing streak missing half of its players?

Dean Pay left Corey Harawira-Naera in reserve grade. He’s definitely of first-grade quality and should have been out there on Saturday. Tactically, the Dogs moved away from their strengths in the middle and tried to run around the Raiders.

While their effort levels always seem to be high, they are holding themselves back and look likely to end the 2019 NRL season holding the wooden spoon.

Top 4 Race

The Storm, Roosters and Rabbitohs are all locked into the NRL’s top four. All three are at $1.05 to make it leaving one spot left amongst the games elite teams.

With so many players set to return from injury, the Sharks are looking good at 6-5 for 6th on the ladder. Wade Graham is preparing to make his comeback while Shaun Johnson isn’t far away either. When they are at full strength, the Sharks are worth considering as the fourth-best team in the NRL. They’re at $3.20 to make the Top 4.

Snapping their three-game losing streak, the Raiders have kept their top four hopes alive. They’ve got a lot of work to do to get the side healthy. However, they’re doing enough at the moment to keep within touching distance. The $3.54 the Raiders are getting to make the Top 4 is worth looking into.

Roberts’ Rabbitohs

It’s something that has been talked about ever since Wayne Bennett left Red Hill, but James Roberts is finally a Rabbitoh.

Already considered a premiership contender, the Rabbitohs are on the second line of betting to win the big one at $4.20.

Their pack is one of the strongest in the NRL. Now, the backline is made up of Roberts, Dane Gagai, Alex Johnston, Braidon Burns, Campbell Graham and Corey Allan. That’s a side that can upset the Roosters in a Grand Final.

The pair are paying $5.50 to meet in the last game of the season.

NRL Against The Spread Ladder

The Cowboys are quietly putting together some decent numbers for punters. They’ve covered three games in a row and a fourth isn’t out of the question giving a struggling Sea Eagles just a -3.5 headstart in Townsville on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Dragons bye put a temporary halt to their six-game losing streak against the spread.

Sea Eagles7-5Bulldogs5-7

State of Origin: Game I Odds

Despite playing at Suncorp Stadium, Queensland are $2.05 outsiders for Game I. Although, that price has shortened slightly from $2.10 last week.

It’s not expected to be a game that sees points piled up. The Total is set to just 33.5 points.

Favourites to win Game I at  $1.78, New South Wales to win the series 3-0 is at $4, out from $3.50 seven days ago.

Queensland shouldn’t be underestimated. Not when playing at home, anyway. In terms of best bets, the QLD/NSW/NSW trifecta at $5 looks the way to go.