Rugby League World Cup Betting Tips

Rugby League World CupBy Mark Rawlinson

The group stages of the Rugby League World Cup come to a head this weekend with the remaining quarter-final places still to be decided.

So far the USA are the only side to have progressed and England will guarantee progress if they beat Fiji in Group A on Saturday afternoon.

New Zealand v Papua New Guinea (Friday)

New Zealand are flying high at the top of Group B following wins over Samoa and France and will surely complete the clean sweep with victory over a Papua New Guinea side who have only scored three tries so far.

Thomas Leulai is likely to make his first appearance in the World Cup this year after he was drafted into the NZ squad by coach Stephen Kearney after missing the first two games with a groin injury.

Captain Simon Mannering is rested for the game, with stand-off Kieran Foran taking on the captain’s armband in his absence. Prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is also dropped and second rower Frank Pritchard misses out with an ankle injury.

Papua New Guinea will be without Isreal Eliab and Larsen Marabe during Monday’s 38-4 defeat to Samoa and Joe Bruno and Francis Paniu are expected to come in as replacements.

New Zealand are monumental favourites going into the match at Headingley, Leeds, with William Hill providing the best odds of 1/250.

It would be an incredible surprise if PNG were able to do the unthinkable and secure a win, and Bet 365 offer the best odds on the South Sea Islanders getting a win.

You can watch this one live on Premier Sports from 8pm.

England v Fiji (Saturday)

England bounced back from opening day defeat to Australia with a 42-0 demolition of Ireland last weekend and look set to make it to the quarters as long as they beat Fiji on Saturday.

Sam Burgess will return for Steve McNamara’s side after he was suspended after picking up a one match ban after a high tackle in the defeat to Australia.

Wigan pair Lee Mossop and Michael McIlorum come into the side with half-back Gareth Widdop, hooker James Roby and forward Tom Burgess all rested for the match at the KC Stadium in Hull.

Fiji are third in the group and are likely to qualify after they beat Ireland 32-14 in their opening game of the tournament.

William Hill provide the best odds on an England win at 1/33, whilst Bet Victor offer the best price on what would be a surprise Fiji win at 16/1.

This game is live on BBC One from 2:30pm.

Remaining Matches

That’s followed by the other Group A match as Australia face Ireland live on Premier Sports from 8pm.

Then on Sunday, Wales face the Cook Islands from 2pm and Tonga play Italy at 4pm, with both games live on Premier Sports.

Then on Monday, France face Samoa in the final Group B match in Perpignan, kick-off is at 7pm.

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