NRL Betting Tip: Back Sydney Roosters on the Handicap +8 points at Melbourne Storm

Published: 10.08.2017
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Handicap – Sydney Roosters +8 points @ Evens (2.00) with bet365

It’s the clash of the round between the top two in the NRL Premiership Round 23 at AAMI Park on Saturday evening, in what’s shaping up to be a huge game for both Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters in a possible rehearsal for this year’s NRL Grand Final.

With a four-point advantage over the second-placed Roosters going into the game, victory for Storm would all but guarantee that they will be crowned Minor Premiers.

The Storm had a hard-fought 26-8 win at North Queensland Cowboys last time out, with the type of scrappy victory against dangerous opposition that went a long way to showing why they sit top of the table.

Meanwhile the Roosters went down to a demoralizing 36-18 defeat to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, having led 18-4, thus not only enabling the Storm to stretch their lead at the top, but also allowing others to put pressure on them in their quest for a top two and even a top four finish.

With third-placed Brisbane Broncos playing host to fourth-placed Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on Friday, defeat at AAMI Park would definitely see the Roosters replaced in second spot which, with just three rounds of the regular season remaining (including a trip to the Sharks), could prove to be seriously damaging. The pressure will really be on them on Saturday.

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With regards to team news, the Storm retain the same 17 as last week and will still be missing Cameron Munster and Tohu Harris. Former Roosters’ junior Ryley Jacks keeps his spot at five-eighth.

The Roosters welcome back co-captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend, both of whom have missed lengthy spells. They also welcome back Mitchell Aubusson and Aidan Guerra to the starting line-up, with Joseph Manu moving to the wing,

The Roosters edged home 25-24 in extra time when these teams met in June at the Allianz Stadium and a similarly tight encounter could be on the cards on this occasion.

The Storm are a best price of 2/5 (1.40) for the win with Centrebet, so taking the Roosters on the Handicap +8 points at evens (2.00) with bet365 is the NRL betting tip we’re looking at here.

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