St. George Illawarra Dragons seem to be in a pretty good position, especially after the addition of James Graham and Ben Hunt. As least that’s what the experts are saying. The most surprising thing to see this season is that Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys have gained a lot of attraction and support. Since the Cowboys have added the amazing trio of Jordan McLean, Matt Scott, and Johnathan Thurston, the team has gained momentum and it seems like adding these players to the team was a worthy decision.
The Predictions of the NRL Experts
The mid season NRL predictions suggest that Parramatta, Brisbane, Cronulla, Melbourne, St. George Illawarra, Cowboys, Roosters, and Penrith are the teams that are destined to land in the top eight teams of the season. The predictions made by the experts show that fifteen out of the total sixteen teams got votes for the top eight teams. The only team that didn’t get any love from the experts was West Tigers. Sorry West Tigers fans. It seems like your favourite team won’t be able to land in the top eight this year.
The Top 8 Teams for This Season
At the moment, the line up for top 8 NRL premiership teams looks like this:
- Sydney Roosters
- Parramatta Eels
- North Queensland Cowboys
- Cronulla Sharks
- Penrith Panthers
- St. George Illawarra Dragons
- Melbourne Storm
- Newcastle Knights
Now that the premiership has reached its mid season, it seems like Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys happen to be the favourites. But as it turns out, Parramatta Eels cannot be overlooked. They’re up to something special this season for sure. The experts say that the inclusion of James Graham and Ben Hunt will take the Dragons straight to the finals and Melbourne Storm will fall off the ladder owing to the departure of Cooper Cronk.
Predictions for the Best Roughie
All the hopes for Canterbury Bulldogs rest on the fitness and performance of Kieran Foran. If the player manages to play 80 percent of the games, then the Bulldogs will be able to fix their attacking woes and will surely be playing the finals. But as it turns out, there are doubts that Foran’s body will not be able to withstand the pressure of a 24-game season.
Team That Might Not Meet the Expectations
When Ben Hunt left Brisbane Broncos, the loss for the team was huge. Following that, the team has lost some other key players as well, including Herman Ese’ese and Tautau Moga. Nobody is very confident about Jack Bird’s performance and Anthony Milford’s ability to lead the team. This makes Brisbane Broncos the team that might fail to meet the expectations this season. For more interesting bets and predictions, you can visit BlueBet.
There are few other experts that do not understand the hype around Penrith Panthers. They are not including the team in their list for the top 8 teams of the season. They admit that the Panthers have players like Josh Mansour, Reagan Campbell, James Maloney, Nathan Cleary, and Dylan Edwards, but something about the team feels off to them, making them think the team might falter in the games to come.