NRL Thursday: Roosters v Raiders, predictions & odds, round 10, 2020
The Sydney Roosters-Canberra match to kick off NRL round 10 on Thursday night is a rematch of last season’s grand final, won 14-8 by the Roosters in somewhat controversial circumstances.
Things have changed dramatically for both teams in the past month, and the Roosters will go into this clash as overwhelming favourites with betting sites.
The Tricolours are sitting pretty in fourth spot on the NRL table with six wins from nine matches and the best points differential in the league.
The Raiders have slumped to seventh and are 5-4, but the big concern for coach Ricky Stuart is an expanding injury list as the fight to stay in the hunt for a top-four spot.
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And the quality of players unavailable is the key; match-winning hooker Josh Hodgson (knee) and Bailey Simonsson (shoulder) suffered season-ending injuries in the Raiders’ loss against the Storm last weekend.
Siliva Havili is the man most likely to replace Hodgson at hooker. Jordan Rapana comes in on the wing for Simonsson, while out-of-favour Storm recruit Curtis Scott could return on the bench.
The Roosters lost winger Brett Morris just before their match against the Cowboys, but his replacement Matt Ikuvalu scored an incredible five tries. Still, Morris is expected to return for Ikuvalu. The Roosters could also regain captain Boyd Cordner (head knock) and lock Isaac Liu (broken rib) to boost an already powerful pack.
Read on for our best bets and winner prediction for the Roosters v Raiders clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, July 16.
Roosters v Raiders odds
Kick-off: 7.50pm local time
Venue: SCG, Sydney
Head to head odds: Sydney Roosters $1.24, Canberra $4
Line betting: Sydney Roosters (-10.5 points) $1.90, Canberra (+10.5 points) $1.90
Match total: 39.5 points: over $1.90, under $1.90
Roosters v Raiders free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for the Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders clash.
Syd Roosters win/match total under 39.5 points
This double is paying $2.48 with leading bookie Unibet Australia. We are confident the Roosters are just too rock-solid at home and expect the Raiders to play it really tight and focus on defence given their injury woes. Inclement weather is also expected which will likely make scoring even more difficult.
Match total under 39.5 points
This option is $1.90 on its own but we think it’s a great anchor leg for an NRL multi involving other matches over the weekend. Or even a good, solid bet on its own, if that’s the way you prefer to punt. These are two good-quality defensive teams with a lot at stake so expect a grinding affair.
Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders prediction
We feel for the Raiders and Stuart. They went into this season with such high hopes but an extensive injury list now looks like curtailing their challenge in 2020. A loss to the Roosters will likely push them out of the top eight. The Roosters beat the Raiders in all three meetings last year – 30-24 in round nine, 22-18 in round 21 and 14-8 in the title decider. Our final selection for this one is the Roosters by 10 points.
Roosters v Raiders 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 game will kick off at 7.50pm local time.
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