The NRL commences this week and we have been ready since October of 2019.
In recent times, we have tried our luck at guessing the outcome of the games and saw ourselves having unexpected success.
We discourage anyone from using our guesses for punting purposes, as our expertise of the nuances of the NRL game is either limited or non-existent, but we had a lot of fun, so we are picking up for the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition where we left off last year.
The only thing we are doing different this season will be to include a hypothetical five percent bookmaker margin in our profit and loss statement at the end of each round.
As in past years, we will stake $100 per game, just to make the maths simple.
The first round of a completion like the NRL might be the most difficult, as it often requires several rounds for a team to develop into the best version of itself, but a challenge in the name of entertainment does not daunt, as we are playing fantasy football only.
Here is how we see Round 1 of the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition.
Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs have the honour Thursday evening coming. The game is on the Eels’ ground and the Eels are heavy favourites, with a line of 9.5.
We only fantasize about the head-to-head, but we are backing the Eels, even though we consider them the sort of side that can be unpredictable. $133 to us if we are right.
Canberra Raiders versus Gold Coast Titans seems like a gift. Canberra have home ground, so we will take Raiders for a possible $130.
The Cowboys versus Broncos is the coin flip game. The game is in Townsville. The line is squeaky tight, with slight favourtism toward the Cows, so we will take North Queensland and hope to turn our $100 pretend bet into a $180 pretend dividend.
Newcastle are highly favoured over New Zealand Warriors, but we want New Zealand as our boilover upset for $285.
ANZ Stadium will find Souths hosting Cronulla. A Rabbitohs win will hand us a healthy $162.
Panthers are hosting the Chooks. No question here. Plus, a correct guess offers a nice return of $145.
Two proficient clubs will meet when the Manly Sea Eagles meet the Melbourne Storm in Sydney’s Lottoland Stadium. Our hunch steers us to Manly, even though they are unders by 3.5 and we think the $220 dividend is worth backing another upset.
The round concludes with St. George versus Wests at Win Stadium in Wollongong. Dragons are favoured by 1.5. Our guess is Dragons for the win and $180.