Storm v Raiders, NRL preliminary final, 2020: betting tips, prediction & odds
Welcome to our Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders preview, prediction and odds update for their NRL preliminary final at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on Friday, October 16.
The winners of the Storm v Raiders match advance to the grand final to play the winners of Saturday night’s Penrith Panthers v South Sydney match at ANZ Stadium.
These teams have already met twice this season, with the Raiders winning the first encounter in Melbourne 22-6 in round three, the first round back after the COVID-19-enforced hiatus. The Storm bounced back in round nine to win 20-14 at GIO Stadium in Canberra.
In their previous clash Canberra scored an epic 12-10 upset at AAMI Park in Melbourne in the finals last year.
Those matches show there is little between these two teams and they both know plenty about how the other will go about things.
Bookmakers have made the Storm firm favourites and quite rightly, given their phenomenal record in matches in Queensland. This match is Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane bu the Storm have been based on the Sunshine Coast for several months and have dominated all comers.
Also, Craig Bellamy’s team had the luxury of rest week and looked on with interest as the Raiders and Roosters battered each other last Friday night.
In team selection news, the Storm have made only one change from their qualifying final win over Parramatta, with Tom Eisenhuth coming on to bench in place of Chris Lewis.
But the real interest surrounds superstar Cameron Munster (knee), who has been named but must remain in some doubt. He is a massive player for the Storm and if he is a late withdrawal it will shake up the odds.
The Raiders have named the same 17 that sent the Roosters packing from the finals, with tough second-rower Ryan Sutton named 18th man and some chance to be included after recovering from a knee injury.
Read on for our Storm v Raiders tips and winner prediction for their NRL clash on Friday, October 16.
Storm v Raiders odds
Kick-off: 7.50pm local time
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Head to head odds: Melbourne $1.48, Canberra $2.65
Line betting: Melbourne (-6.5 points) $1.80, Canberra (+6.5 points) $2
Match total: 44.5 points: over $1.96, under $1.84
Storm v Raiders free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free Melbourne-Canberra betting tips for Friday night’s game.
Canberra +6.5 points/match total under 44.5
This double with Unibet is paying $3.20. The Raiders have show real resilience this season after losing key players such as hooker Josh Hodgson to injury. They settled a score somewhat last week by sending the Roosters out of the comp and while this mission is a tough one, they are a side full of spirit. Tries should be hard to come by.
Jack Wighton first try-scorer at $15
The Raiders five-eighth has been one of the key players behind their resurgence and presents as a wonderful big-occasion player. He has scored three tries in the two finals Canberra have played so far and been heavily involved from the start. At big odds he is worth a small wager.
Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders prediction 16-10-2020
Ricky Stuart’s Raiders are fast becoming our favourite team after we successfully tipped them with the start into the under match total at odds of $3.25 last week. The icing on the cake was that we also tipped George Williams to score a try against the Roosters and the little Englishman delivered for us for a second week in a row. It’s going to be tough backing up again but they keep defying the odds. Melbourne have the big advantage of the week off but have question marks over the fitness of key player Munster. We are going with the upset here. Our Storm v Raiders prediction: Canberra by 2 points.
Storm 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 Storm v Raiders match will kick off at 7.50pm local time.
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