NRL Friday: Storm v Rabbitohs, predictions & odds, round 4, 2020
Welcome to our NRL betting tips and preview for the match between the Melbourne Storm and South Sydney in Melbourne on Friday.
This match throws together a couple of heavyweights of the competition, but they both need to answer a few questions quickly if they are to remain contenders for the 2020 NRL title.
This is the second NRL match being played on Friday, following the Penrith Panthers v New Zealand Warriors match at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney. That match starts at 6pm.
The Storm were exposed by the impressive Canberra Raiders at home in their first match back after the COVID-19 hiatus last week.
Their defence was again solid but an ongoing theme is their lack of spark in attack; they have scored just 36 points total in three matches this 2020 NRL season.
Melbourne Storm will be without towering prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona, who is suspended for one match.
The Wayne Bennett-coach Rabbitohs, meanwhile, have had little trouble scoring but their defence has been leaky. Bennett-coached teams have always been renowned for their starch and cohesion in defence so if they can work that out they may quickly find a winning formula.
Star five-eighth Cody Walker is serving the final week of his suspension and his return will give the Bunnies a real lift next round.
Read on for our best bets and winner prediction for the Storm v Rabbitohs clash in Melbourne on Friday, June 5.
Storm v Rabbitohs odds
Kick-off: 7.55pm local time
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Head to head odds: Melbourne $1.44, South Sydney $2.80
Line betting: Melbourne (-5.5 points) $1.90, South Sydney (+5.5 points) $1.90
Match total: 38.5 points: over $1.90, under $1.90
Storm v Rabbitohs free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for the Storm v Rabbitohs clash.
South Sydney +5.5 points at $1.90
Souths were well beaten by the Roosters last week, but the Storm were well held by the Raiders at home. We can see the Rabbits getting a run-on here, with the flying centre James ”the Jet” Roberts some chance of being a late inclusion. Take the $1.90 with leading bookmaker Unibet about Souths with the start.
Match total over 38.5 points at $1.90
Fine but cold conditions are forecast with a light breeze and this should make for a fast, flowing game. As mentioned, Souths have the capacity to add quick points and it took a big defensive effort for the Roosters to nullify them so well last week. Storm also should take advantage of the Rabbits’ defensive frailties. That should make for a high-scoring contest. Take the overs at $1.90 with leading bookmaker Unibet in the match total market.
Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs prediction
The clash between all-time great hooker Cameron Smith and current Australian rake Damien Cook alone makes this match well worth watching. Cook is a dynamo with his speed off the mark and is perfectly suited by the new six-again ruck rules. Smith will no doubt adapt and thrive. We think the Rabbitohs might cause a boilover here despite their woeful record against Melbourne of just five wins in 31 previous match-ups.
Storm v Rabbitohs lowdown
Nine, Fox League and KAYO will telecast the game, or it can be streamed at NRL.com.
All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.
The game will kick off at 7.55pm local time.
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