Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters - National Rugby League - Betting Tips 19-04-2019
April 17, 2019
This Friday really will be a Good Friday for NRL fans, with the Melbourne Storm to play the Sydney Roosters in an Easter blockbuster. First vs second, reigning runner-up vs reigning premiers. What more could you possibly want from your Easter weekend?
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Melbourne appear to have put last year’s grand final loss behind them and are looking the goods with a perfect 5-0 record. Brodie Croft has settled into the half-back position alongside Cameron Munster, while Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu have each scored three tries. This match will give Storm fans a chance to applaud captain Cameron Smith after he became the NRL’s all-time highest point-scorer last weekend.
Thank you for all of the kind messages. Credit to my @Storm teammates, past and present, for helping me get to this point. Lastly a special shoutout to Hazem El Masri, a legend of our game and someone I loved watching as a young fella coming up. Good to catch-up last week mate! pic.twitter.com/HqVLYQdKJ4— Cameron Smith (@camsmith9) April 13, 2019
The Roosters aren’t going too badly themselves, having won four straight matches after a round one blip against the Rabbitohs. They’ve won their last three matches by an average of 20 points. Roosters’ five-eighth Luke Keary is in the form of his career and has moved up to third in Dally M Medal betting.
Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters Betting Tips
Both sides will look a little different from last year’s NRL grand final, with the Storm the more unrecognisable given the absence of retired legend Billy Slater. Despite their changed apperance, history suggests Melbourne have the advantage. The Roosters have only won twice from seven matches at Melbourne’s AAMI Park. The Storm rarely lose at home and are good value at bet365, which has the two teams equal at 1.91 in head-to-head betting.
The Roosters are effectively scoring one more try and conceding one more try than the Storm each game. They have scored 28 points and conceded 16 points per game this season, while the Storm have scored 22 and conceded 10 per game. Either way, we could be in for a close match on Friday night. Neds is paying 1.55 for either team to win by 10 points or less or 2.30 for either team by six or less.