Updated May 18, 2019 09:23:08 Betting lines can be deceiving, particularly for players who are already struggling with the injury landscape, but for many, it is the key to getting the most from their team.
The AFL and the NRL will be back on the TV screens on Sunday, and the AFL will have a host of exciting matches to watch with their premiership hopefuls in the mix.
The NRL has a few more surprises, but with a few weeks until the new season kicks off, where to bet can be a tricky question for anyone to answer.
Here are the big betting lines to keep an eye on, and where to watch them.
AFL: West Coast Eagles (10-4) Betting line: $2,000 Betting odds: 10-4.
The Eagles have won four of their past five games and have a bye, but this weekend’s clash with Collingwood will be crucial.
Their home-and-away series with Sydney is the most important game of the season, and will be a chance for the Eagles to show off their potential.
The Cats have a very strong defence, and it is likely that the Eagles will not let the Cats get away with much.
They will look to shut down the Eagles’ top line, but the Cats are a dangerous and experienced side that should win this one.
NRL: Canberra Raiders (11-4-1) Betts line: Betting Odds: Raiders are 8-0-1 against the Broncos since the start of 2017.
Betting Line: $1,000.
The Raiders are just three wins away from their second straight premiership and have won seven straight.
Their first-round bye should give them plenty of time to make the most of their bye, and they should do well against the Eagles and Titans, but it will be important to watch out for a big performance from the Cowboys in their opening match.
The Broncos have an elite defensive unit that will be key to the Raiders’ success, and while they will struggle against the Raiders, they should be able to win this match.
NRL Fantasy: NSW Titans (10.5-5) Bet BettingLine: $3,000, odds: 9-5-1 Betting: NSW are in control of the final two rounds of the competition, so there is plenty of potential for them to improve their position.
NSW have lost their past three games, and with their win over the Bulldogs, they have a three-point lead over the top eight.
They should be strong in the remaining rounds and are in position to win the competition this season.
NRL fantasy: Brisbane Broncos (10/1)BettingLine $3.5, odds 15-5 Betting, odds 12-1.
The Dragons are in desperate need of a win against the Bulldogs and they are coming off a tough loss to the Dragons.
They also have a chance to pick up a game against the Roosters, but they will need to pick it up quickly if they are to make it past the Rabbitohs.
The Rooster have won three of their last four matches and have the worst defence in the competition.
Brisbane should have a difficult time stopping the Broncos from picking up a victory, but there is no way the Broncos lose this game, and should be looking to build on their recent wins.
NRL Super League: Melbourne Storm (10)BettsLine $2.5 Betts Odds:-1.6-1, Raiders are 10-5 against the Storm since the end of 2016.
Betts Line: Betts $2K, odds 18-1-1Betting: Melbourne have won two of their three games against the Sharks and are a clear favourites to win their final game against them.
They have won six of their seven games against Melbourne, and their defence is top notch, with star players Joe Daniher, Josh McGuire and Ryan James leading their way.
Melbourne’s biggest threat this weekend will be rookie winger Josh Morrissey, who has been dominant in recent weeks.
He is averaging 30 disposals a game and is capable of winning contested possessions.
They need to win games against other teams in order to reach the grand final.
The Storm will also have to cope with injuries to a number of key players, including Josh Jackson and Jack Bird, who will be unavailable.
NRL Rugby League: Cronulla Sharks (10.)
Betts Line $2Betts Odd: 7-1 Sydney, Bulldogs are 9-3, Titans are 10.5Betts: Sharks are 9.5/1, Titans 10.
Bett line: NRL $2KR, odds 8-1/1.
Sharks have had a tough season but have played well to date, winning three of four against the Dragons and Raiders.
The Sharks are back at it this weekend against the Knights, who are currently in the top four of the ladder.
The Knights have a