Round 7 – 7.30pm AEST, 18 April, 2015, at AAMI Park
TV: Fox Sports
CONSIDERED two of the heavyweights in the NRL, the Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters have mixed form heading into round seven.
The Melbourne Storm appear to have got their 2015 campaign on track, coming into this match on the back of two consecutive victories. Despite an impressive start to the season, the Sydney Roosters aren’t travelling as well, having lost their past two matches against the Sharks and Broncos.
The punters are throwing their support behind the men from Bondi, who are starting at short odds of $1.75, compared to the Storm who are great value at $2.10 with crownbet.com.au.
History and form
These teams have had some fierce battles over the years, with the Melbourne Storm just ahead on overall wins by 14 to 13.
Surprisingly, the Roosters have won two of the four matches played at AAMI Park and last time these two teams met back in round 13 last year, Trent Robinson’s men dominated across the park in a comprehensive 20-point victory.
After getting off to a solid start, the Roosters are staring down the barrel of a third-straight loss on Saturday night, whilst Craig Bellamy will be pleased with the momentum his side is gaining, winning there past two matches agains the New Zealand Warriors and Canberra Raiders.
Melbourne Storm vs. Sydney Roosters – the key markets
Coming into this game on the back of two consecutive victories, the Melbourne Storm are terrific value across all betting options with crownbet.com.au.
For punters who preferrer head-to-head markets, the Storm’ are $2.10 and $1.95 with +1.5 start. The Sydney Roosters have been heavily supported, coming into skinny-odds of $1.75 and with -1.5 start are $1.85.
The half/full time markets always provide excellent value, with the Roosters/Storm double paying $8.00.
The Melbourne Storm have exuded strong second-half performances over the past couple of weeks and this could provide a nice return for adventurous punters.
1. Melbourne Storm 1-12 ($3.35)
2. Melbourne Storm 13+ ($4.50)
3. Sydney Roosters 1-12 ($3.10)
4. Sydney Roosters 13+ ($4.15)
Melbourne Storm vs. Sydney Roosters – first try scorer markets
There is plenty of value across both teams for first-try scoring options.
Some of the best options for the Melbourne Storm are:
Mahe Fonua – $11.00
Will Chambers – $12.00
Kurt Mann – $15.00
Cameron Munster – $15.00
The Sydney Roosters have some juicy odds for first-try scorer, most notably winger Daniel Tupou who is $10.00 with sportsbet.com.au.
Other key players include:
Nene Macdonald – $10.00
Michael Jennings – $11.00
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – $12.00
Shaun Kenny-Dowall – $12.00
At home and on the back of two straight wins, the Melbourne Storm are too irresistible to go past in this clash and punters have multiple betting options with the half/full time doubles providing the most value.
The Storm/Storm half and full-time double is $2.95, however for those who are anticipating the Sydney Roosters to break their losing streak can get $7.00 with crownbet.com.au for a Storm/Roosters half and full-time combination.
The 1-12 margin for either side looks the best option as showers are expected, however the Sydney Roosters have been known to gap their rivals if they’re on song, so keep a close eye on their first-half performance.