The NRL reaches round nine this weekend with eight matches taking place and league leaders Melbourne Storm are firm favourites to remain unbeaten.
The Storm are head and shoulders above the rest of the competition and have won all eight of their opening matches and they should have no real problems making it nine when they travel to take on struggling Penrith Panthers.
Melbourne head into this clash on the back of a convincing 32-14 win over last season’s Grand Final runners-up New Zealand Warriors with centre Will Chambers helping himself to a hat-trick of tries.
The Storm are overwhelming favourites to take the points when they travel to Penrith on Saturday and can be backed at $1.18 with Luxbet,
while the Panthers, who crashed to a 34-14 loss at Newcastle Knights on Monday, are a massive 4.75 shot.
The weekend kicks off on Friday with two great matches in prospect with the Parramatta Eels going up against Canterbury Bulldogs, while St George Illawarra Dragons travel to take on North Queensland Cowboys.
The Eels are currently rock bottom of the NRL ladder with two points from eight matches and they are 2.75 to upset the Bulldogs, while Des Hasler’s men are a 1.45 shot as they attempt to break into the top four.
Friday’s second game should be a cracker with fifth placed Cowboys playing host to fourth placed Dragons.
The Cowboys are seen as slight favourites to take the competition points and can be backed at 1.68, while the Dragons are on offer at 2.15.
Defending champions Manly Sea Eagles really need to start hitting their straps and they can be backed at 1.20 to see off the Canberra Raiders (4.50) on Sunday.
Round nine comes to an end on Monday with South Sydney Rabbitohs looking to hang on to their play-off place when they take on third placed Cronulla Sharks.
The Sharks have been the surprise package of the season and they are currently third, only four points behind leaders Melbourne Storm, and they are 1.95 to win this game with the Bunnies available at 1.85.
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NRL Round Nine Fixtures & Betting Odds with Luxbet
Cowboys (1.68) v Dragons (2.15)
Eels (2.75) v Bulldogs (1.45)
Warriors (2.15) v Broncos (1.70)
Titans (3.00) v Tigers (1.40)
Panthers (4.75) v Storm (1.18)
Manly (1.20) v Raiders (4.50)
Roosters (1.68) v Knights (2.15)
Souths (1.85) v Sharks (1.95)