Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos - NRL - Betting Tips 14-03-2019
The National Rugby League was certainly thinking of its fans when it determined this year’s fixture. On Thursday night, the 2019 NRL season kicks off with a blockbuster match: Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.
Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos Preview
The Storm made the grand final last year despite losing Cooper Cronk to the Roosters in pre-season. This season, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy will have to figure out a way to replace Billy Slater after the man many people regard as the greatest rugby league fullback in history hung up his boots. On Monday, Slater predicted the Storm would make the finals for a 17th time in 18 years, saying: “Our starting 17 is quite stable…We have still got Cameron Smith leading the way and he’s a fantastic captain, leader and player and what he brings to our team is certainly not undervalued.”
The Broncos are aiming to make a sixth straight finals series since Wayne Bennett returned to the helm – and will have their sights on breaking a 13-year premiership drought. They’ll be aided by a few new arrivals, namely hard-working forward Shaun Fensom from the Cowboys.
Storm v Broncos NRL Betting Tips
Melbourne go into this match strong favourites, and rightfully so given they beat the Broncos twice last year by a combined 30 points. The Storm won 10 of 14 home games last season and 18 of 25 as favourites (although they only went in as underdogs twice). The Broncos had a 6-6 away record last season and 6-3 record as underdogs. Bet365 is paying 1.60 for Melbourne and 2.35 for Brisbane. We’re tipping the Storm to get the points.
Most punters backing Melbourne think they’ll win easily, with Unibet reporting that two-thirds are tipping a win by 13+ and only one-third by 1-12 points. Unibet is paying 3.05 for the Storm to win by 13+ this week, which is fairly good value.