It’s the modern-day rivalry that always provides a hot contest. The Storm will be nice and fresh after their week off, while the Sharks will be buzzing after escaping a fast finishing Panthers side.
Melbourne started their finals campaign with a thrilling one-point victory over South Sydney. Suliasi Vunivalu and Cheyse Blair had a huge game, both recording a double, but it was Cameron Munster who stole the show, and hearts of South Sydney fans with his field goal in the final three minutes. A boost for Melbourne is the return of Will Chambers from his three-week suspension as well as giant forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
The Sharks know where the chink in the Storm’s armour is. They are a bogey side for Melbourne, having won both games this season and four of the past five clashes, which includes the 2016 Grand Final. These wins have been tight contests with the margin 10 points or less.
Expect a low scoring game as the past eight matches have totalled 32 or fewer match points, plus the Sharks have failed to score more than 18 points in 21 straight matches over Melbourne.
Best Bet: Melbourne 1-12 (Margin)
Value Bet: Melbourne 1-12/ Under 36.5 points (Margin Total Double)
What a cracking game to farewell Allianz Stadium!
The Roosters are narrow favourites and definitely have plenty in their favour heading into the game with their hated rivals. Trent Robinson’s side has won four of the past five derbies but the sides have split the season series in 2018 at one game apiece.
Souths will be lining up for their third straight finals game after a narrow 13-12 win over the Dragons last week, thanks to Adam Reynolds and his three field goals. Reynolds loves the big occasion against the chooks and scored a try against them last time out. He is definitely their form player at the moment after scoring all points against the Red V.
We are leaning towards the chooks though despite missing gun players Latrell Mitchell and Dylan Napa. They’re fresh, they’ve had the week off and with Cooper Cronk pulling the strings we can see them winning a nail-biter against the bunnies who look a bit flat.
The Roosters will also be keen to farewell their home ground in style and come into the match having won 17 of their last 22 games at the venue.
Best Bet: Sydney Roosters (Win)
Value Bet: Joseph Manu (First Tryscorer)