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NRL Winner Betting Odds – Who will lift the NRL 2022 premiership?

Last updated: 26 Sep 2022
Ben Darvill 26 Sep 2022
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  • The NRL 2022 season has entered the post-season
  • Penrith Panthers are the defending champions
  • Who will lift the NRL trophy at the end of the season?
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The Panthers are bidding for back-to-back titles. (Getty Images)

The 2022 NRL season is here and last season’s winners Penrith Panthers are among the favourites to retain the premiership.

2021's iteration of the competition saw the Penrith Panthers claim the title in dramatic style with a 14-12 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The contest was exceptionally tight throughout the game, with the first-half ending 8-6 and the second-half ending 6-6. In the end, the sides were only separated by two points, showing just how tight their battle was. 

The Panthers were able to lift the trophy despite finishing in second in the league table, with the top three sides in 2021 only separated by two points. This shows that it is not always the side that triumphs over the regular season that ultimately lifts the trophy.  

This year, the Panthers finished at the top of the table with 42 points from their 24 games, winning 20 and losing just four matches. Behind them were the Sharks (38 points), Cowboys (36), Eels (34), Storm (32) Roosters (32), the Rabbitohs (30) and the Raiders (30). The battle in the table was incredibly tight, with any number of sides able to win the competition, and this is reflected in the betting. 

The Panthers went into the post-season as the favourites, and they were able to make their way to the showpiece event by beating the Rabbitohs 32-12 in the Preliminary Finals. On the other side of the draw, the Eels battled to an enthralling 24-20 win over the Cowboys, meaning it will be the Panthers vs the Eels in the Grand Final. 

Bookmaker Ladbrokes make the Panthers $1.38 favourites to win the final, with the Eels available at $3.05. 

As the reigning champions, the Panthers were always fancied, and their strong performances across the season means they are the favourites. Their impressive season means they go into the post-season as big favourites, although part of the intrigue of the competition is that any side can beat another. 

Which side will be standing with the trophy aloft on October 2nd. 

NRL 2022 Grand Final Winner Betting Odds 

Grand Final Winner
Penrith Panthers $1.38
Parramatta Eels$3.05
Note: Odds from Ladbrokes, correct on 26/9/2022

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