NRL 2019 is fast approaching, with punters and tipsters starting to gather data and prepare for the season ahead.
NRL betting talk and expert footy tips will soon take centre stage once again as anticipation for the season continues to build.
Whether you’re after NRL betting tips this season, or simply looking to enter an NRL footy tipping competition, here are five things you should always consider:
1. Spine Importance
It sounds obvious, but the importance of a spine in any side is incredibly important when making your NRL betting moves this season.
The ‘spine’ consists of a team’s fullback, five-eighth, halfback and hooker – or jersey’s 1, 6, 7 and 9. They’re the playmakers for any side and all four play a vital role in how a team performs on game day.
It’s always much tougher to cover players in these positions, so it’s certainly something to monitor before putting in your footy tips or placing any bets each weekend.
You only need to look at the first-choice spine of the Melbourne Storm in their 2017 premiership year to see how important it can be – Billy Slater (1), Cameron Munster (6), Cooper Cronk (7) and Cameron Smith (9).
2. Impact Of Weather
Just like any other outdoor sport, weather conditions play a big part in rugby league.
NRL betting odds for total match points markets are often largely influenced by weather conditions, with rain often putting points at a premium.
Wind is another big factor, given how important territory is in the game of rugby league and how much the ball can float in the air.
Conditions can certainly affect how you fare in your NRL footy tipping competition as well, with some clubs suited by dry conditions and others lapping up the wet.
3. Home Ground Advantage
It’s a factor that arguably has a bigger impact on NRL betting than any other footy code in Australia.
Many of the Sydney-based clubs in the league still play at suburban football grounds, even in modern day NRL 2019. This is mostly due to the fact that most clubs don’t attract big crowds with the NRL considered more of a TV sport than the likes of the AFL and soccer.
This allows the likes of Jubilee Oval (St George Illawarra), Brookvale Oval (Manly), Belmore Sports Ground (Canterbury) and Leichardt Oval (Wests Tigers), amongst many others, to remain in use despite much smaller capacities.
While most teams play some home games at either Allianz Stadium or ANZ Stadium as well, the matches played in suburbia always seem to hold a special significance and become hostile environments for visiting teams.
It’s certainly a unique situation for the NRL to have most of the 16 participating teams play games at their own venues across the season, making it a crucial factor in both NRL betting and NRL footy tipping.
4. Representative Periods
Another unique factor in NRL betting is how important representative footy is – and the fact that State of Origin gets played mid-season.
While it coincides with the bye rounds to limit the damage to team rosters, there are always a few big names missing for each team for one week or another during the period.
It goes without saying that factoring the Origin impact into your NRL betting strategy will help you stay ahead, as will keeping up with possible ins and outs before finalising your selections in your NRL tipping competition.
Of course, in terms of NRL betting odds the Origin period shakes things up a bit. The bookies have the tendency to over-adjust prices or undervalue certain omissions along the way as well, and that is where NRL betting opportunities are created.
5. Pay Attention To Schedule
Rugby league is a taxing game, and when you throw in a range of other factors it only becomes tougher for players and teams throughout what will be a relatively long NRL 2019 season.
Consecutive six or five-day breaks for teams is a starting point, particularly when travel is involved as well.
This becomes all the more important around Origin time with the extra load for some players, while teams that have played in tougher conditions can also be affected in the following weeks.
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