7pm, Monday 29th June, 2015 from Belmore Sports Ground.
WHAT a brilliant spectacle this will be!
The Bulldogs return to their stomping ground at Belmore for the first time in 17 years and the club couldn’t have dreamed of a better match-up than the Melbourne Storm.
Des Hasler’s men have really hit form in their past couple of clashes, with the rock-solid combination of Moses Mbye and Josh Reynolds being separated this week for the return of NSW State of Origin halfback Trent Hodkinson.
Josh Reynolds will move to the bench in jumper 17, with Hasler sure to repeat his genius interchange plan of introducing Reynolds in the last 20 minutes of the match.
The Bulldogs also welcome back fullback Brett Morris, while the Melbourne Storm have made no changes from last week.
There is plenty of speculation surrounding the late-inclusion of halfback Cooper Cronk, who returned to training this week from a knee injury.
These two teams have met on 35 occasions, with the Bulldogs having the upper hand with 19 wins. The Storm have only played once at Belmore Sports Ground and lost.
Craig Bellamy’s side have a record of eight wins from 14 games this season and the Bulldogs have won seven. Melbourne will be looking to break a two-game losing streak, while the Bulldogs are on a roll, having won four of their past five matches.
Bulldogs vs. Storm betting summary
Canterbury are the heavy favourites with all betting agencies and Crownbet.com.au is offering the best odds for the blue and whites at $1.53. The Melbourne Storm are huge odds at $2.60 with both Sportsbet.com.au and Luxbet.com.au.
Surprisingly, punters are favouring the Bulldogs by a margin of 13+, with Crownbet.com.au offering the best odds of $2.95. These odds could fluctuate, depending on the inclusion of Storm halfback Cooper Cronk.
Bulldogs (1-12) $3.05 at crownbet.com.au
Bulldogs (13+) $2.95 at crownbet.com.au
Storm (1-12) $3.95 at luxbet.com.au
Storm (13+) $7.35 at luxbet.com.au
First try-scorer markets
There are many slick backs in both sides, providing an enticing and quite difficult first-try scorer market.
Bulldogs winger Curtis Rona continued his outstanding try-scoring record in last week’s match and has now crossed the white line 16 times this season, making him the highest try-scorer in the NRL. Luxbet.com.au are offering $7.45, with the most favoured first try-scorer for Melbourne Mahe Fonua, paying $12.00 with CrownBet and Sportsbet.
Rona is paying $1.62 with luxbet.com.au to score a try and Mahe Fonua is $2.50 at crownbet.com.au.
Other notable first-try scoring options include:
Brett Morris (Bulldogs) $10.00 at crownbet.com.au, to score a try $2.10 at sportsbet.com.au
Sam Perrett (Bulldogs) $11.00 at crownbet.com.au and sportsbet.com.au, to score a try $2.30 at sportsbet.com.au
Josh Morris (Bulldogs) $14.00 at crownbet.com.au and sportsbet.com.au, to score a try $2.30 at sportsbet.com.au
Timoteo Lafai (Bulldogs) $14.00 at crownbet.com.au and sportsbet.com.au, to score a try $2.80 at sportsbet.com.au
Richie Kennar (Storm) $13.00 at crownbet.com.au and sportsbet.com.au, to score a try $2.65 at crownbet.com.au
Will Chambers (Storm) $13.00 at crownbet.com.au, to score a try $2.65 at crownbet.com.au
Cameron Munster (Storm) $15.00 at crownbet.com.au, to score a try $3.00 at luxbet.com.au
Other exotic markets for the match
Crown bet is offering an enticing $7.50 for Rona to score the first try and the Bulldogs to be victorious.
Punters are investing their faith in the Bulldogs leading from start to finish, with Crownbet.com.au offering the best odds of agencies with $2.02 for the half/full-time double.
Other half and full-time doubles include:
Bulldogs/Storm – $9.00 at sportsbet.com.au
Storm/Bulldogs – $7.50 at luxbet.com.au
Storm/Storm – $3.75 at luxbet.com.au
As always, betting agencies offer their own individual line markets for all possible combinations.
This games result with significantly depend on the inclusion of Cooper Cronk, so monitor team changes on Monday night closely and place your bets accordingly.
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