NRL Sunday: Dragons v Storm betting tips, prediction & odds, round 20, 2020
Welcome to our St George Illawarra v Melbourne Storm preview, prediction and odds update for their NRL clash at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, September 27.
We think the Dragons-Storm match will throw up more opportunities for punters, with the Storm brains trust resting so many key players ahead of the finals. It will be an interesting look into just how much depth the Storm have at their disposal.
The earlier match on Sunday is the New Zealand Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles from 2pm at Central Coast Stadium, with both teams playing their final matches of the season.
Melbourne have won eight of their past 11 matches against St George Illawarra, but bookie have reacted to the Storm fielding a weakened line-up by making the home team the $1.77 favourites against the second-placed Storm.
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Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has decided to field a virtual seconds team, with second place parcelled up. The only regular back line player in the Storm line-up is fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen, who needs a run after returning from an Achilles injury.
Out from the backs go wingers Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu, centres, Brenko Lee and Justin Olam and halves Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes. Forwards Cameron Smith, Jesse Bromwich, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Felise Kaufusi, Kenny Bromwich and Nelson Asofa-Solomona will also watch on with their feet up.
Meanwhile, the Dragons will be keen to finish a disappointing season on a high, with young Jayden Sullivan debuting at five-eighth and Adam Clune back at halfback. Last week’s halves Ben Hunt (suspended) and Corey Norman (dropped) make way. Experienced centre Euan Aitken (hamstring) is back, while Max Feagai replaces winger Jordan Pereira. Prop Eddie Blacker makes his debut on the pine.
Read on for our Dragons v Storm tips and winner prediction for their NRL clash on Sunday, September 27.
Dragons v Storm odds
Kick-off: 4.05pm local time
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Head to head odds: St George Illawarra $1.77, Melbourne $2.07
Line betting: St George Illawarra (-1.5 points) $1.87, Melbourne (+1.5 points) $1.93
Match total: 44.5 points: over $1.97, under $1.83
Dragons v Storm free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free Dragons v Storm betting tips for Sunday’s game.
Dragons -1.5 points/match total over 44.5 points
This doubles option is paying $3.65 with Unibet Australia. If the Dragons can’t win this one with the Storm resting at least a dozen players, they will never beat them. Yes, the Storm have plenty of talent but the Dragons have been reasonable this season and are on home turf.
Dragons to win by 13 points or more
Along the same theory as the above bet but without the added stress of the match total having to be over 44.5 points. We think the Dragons can win handsomely to at least given fans something to look forward to next season.
Dragons v Storm prediction 27-9-2020
The Storm are rolling the dice a little as it’s never a good idea to flirt with your form a week out from the finals. But then again, plenty of players are carrying bruises and other ailments and the Storm can’t finish anywhere but second after this final round of matches. The Sydney Roosters have done something similar in resting players but they have taken a staggered approach and rested a few at a time. It’s an interesting tactic, and some of these Storm players will be keen to put up their hands for a spot in the finals team. But we expect the Dragons to get the job done comfortably as the Melbourne team struggles with cohesion a little. Our St George Illawarra v Melbourne prediction: Dragons by 20 points.
Dragons v Storm lowdown
Channel 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 Dragons v Storm match will kick off at 4.05pm local time.
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