NRL Thursday: Storm v Roosters, predictions & odds, round 8, 2020
The Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters renew their fierce rivalry of the past decade at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.
The match was relocated from AAMI Park in Melbourne so the Storm have surrendered their home advantage.
Craig Bellamy’s side is likely to be based in Queensland for the next couple of months given the COVID-19 spike in Melbourne. The team has been domiciled at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.
They head into Thursday night’s clash with their old foes the Roosters without star playmaker Cameron Munster, who suffered a grade-three medial tear and is likely to miss a month of football.
The Roosters and Storm are sitting in third and fourth places on the NRL table with five wins and two losses apiece from seven games, and this is the clear match of the round.
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The Tricolours have been the clear form team of the competition since the restart, but suffered a major blow last week against St George Illawarra with lock Victor Radley and hooker Sam Verrills both suffering season-ending knee injuries.
For this match they regain star fullback James Tedesco, while Melbourne have included Ryley Jacks in the halves in place of Munster.
Read on for our best bets and winner prediction for the Storm v Roosters clash at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on Thursday, July 2.
Storm v Roosters odds
Kick-off: 7.50pm local time
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Head to head odds: Melbourne $2.75, Sydney Roosters $1.46
Line betting: Melbourne (+5.5 points) $1.95, Sydney Roosters (-5.5 points) $1.85
Match total: 35.5 points: over $1.89, under $1.91
Storm v Roosters free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for the Melbourne v Sydney Roosters clash.
Roosters to win/match total under 35.5 points
These two teams boast the best defensive records in the competition this season. In particular the Roosters have been superb in defence. In their five wins since the restart no team has scored more than 12 points against them. It’s this fantastic defence that is the key to the Roosters’ winning this match.
James Tedesco to score a try
The Roosters fullback is a big game player and has scored four tries in his five matches this season. He is returning after a week off because of a head knock and expect him to continue his habit of turning up at exactly the right time in just the right place. He is a superstar.
Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters prediction
The last two times these teams met it was a 14-12 win for the Storm followed by a 14-6 win for the Roosters in a preliminary final. We expect this latest renewal to be another finals-like battle with tries hard to come by. The Roosters are just travelling a little better in the past month and the Storm have faced more travel disruption. Sydney Roosters to win by eight points after a torrid battle.
Storm v Roosters 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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