The minor premiership could be decided after this match.
Melbourne hold a two-win lead over the Roosters going into this contest and if they are to win then they will more than likely wrap up the minor premiership, considering their points differential is far superior to any other team.
A win for the Roosters on the other hand and it will be ‘game on’ in the final three weeks of the competition and they won’t want to lose here as they are sitting pretty for a top two spot. A loss here and it will throw them into a dogfight with a handful of other teams jostling for positions in the top four.
Melbourne head into the game with another dominant display, this time against the Cowboys in Townsville, where they ran out 26-8 victors.
Sydney Roosters are coming off a disappointing display against Manly where they lost 36-18 after holding a dominant lead midway through the first half.
A CUT ABOVE
MELBOURNE have simply been a cut above every other team this season.
Winners of eight of their past 10 matches, the only two defeats they suffered was during the Origin period when they were missing half their squad. What many punters probably don’t realise is that those matches against the Roosters and Parramatta could have easily been wins too if a few calls had gone their way.
Regardless of that, Melbourne’s attack is ranked second in the league while their defence is clearly the NRL standard and only concedes 15ppg.
In recent weeks they have held the Raiders to 14 points while the Sea Eagles and Cowboys could only muster single figures against Craig Bellamy’s side.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS will be boosted thanks to the return of Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend for this contest.
Their leadership was sorely missing last week when leading 18-4 against Manly at Lottoland. Momentum changed right on halftime when the Sea Eagles scored a try to reduce the deficit but the second 40 from the Roosters was terribly disappointing.
If they are going to be premiership contenders they need to put teams away especially after establishing an early break.
Cordner and Friend returning will greatly boost their chances for the trip to AAMI Park but they have suffered a blow with Daniel Tupou out for possibly the remainder of the season.
MELBOURNE has won three of the past four against the Roosters.
Their previous encounter went the way of the chooks though and it was pretty recent (Round 16) with the game being played at the Adelaide Oval. On that occasion Melbourne, missing several State Of Origin stars, blew a late lead to go down by one point thanks to a Mitchell Pearce field goal.
The advantage for the Storm is matches played at AAMI Park where they have won four of the past five against the tricolours.
Margin players will be keen to note that the 13+ option has prevailed in five of the past eight matches. A Storm 13+ win is returning $2.50 @ Centrebet.
It is hard to go past the Storm.
They are $1.40 @ Centrebet but on their current form how can you tip against them? They are clearly the best team in the competition and there appears no signs of stopping the likes of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.
Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr can give punters a bit of value in this match in the 1st Tryscorer market.
The pair have combined for 33 tries this season which puts the wingers / centres for the Roosters on high alert here. Vunivalu is $7.45 @ Luxbet to get the first try while Add-Carr is $8.50 over at be365.
Craig Bellamy’s side have lifted their intensity in defence and kept both the Cowboys and Sea Eagles scoreless in the second half. Incredibly, if they achieve that once again here, it will be the second time they’ve done it since 2011.
SULIASI VUNIVALU FIRST TRYSCORER