NRL Betting Preview: Back a Melbourne Storm victory by 1-10 points at South Sydney Rabbitohs
Winning Margin – Melbourne Storm to win by 1-10 points @ 23/10 (3.30) with BetEasy
The South Sydney Rabbitohs meet Melbourne Storm in a top of the table clash at the ANZ Stadium on Friday night that could potentially have a major bearing on who is crowned minor premiers and the draw going into the Finals Series.
Both teams were victorious last time out, but whilst the Rabbitohs had to come from behind to beat bottom of the table Parramatta Eels 26-20, the Storm swept to a comprehensive 44-10 win over the Canberra Raiders for an eighth consecutive victory.
The Rabbitohs form is hugely impressive too, with 10 wins in their last 11 matches. However, performances have dipped of late and they went down 22-6 at Wests Tigers the game prior to narrowly edging past the Eels.
Those results saw the Storm increase their points’ differential advantage over the Rabbitohs at the league summit and could prove crucial come the season’s end in determining final league standings.
The head-to-head record between the teams in recent seasons firmly favours the Storm, with nine wins in regulation time and one in extra-time in the last 11 meetings. Last season saw the Storm annihilate the Souths 64-6 at AAMI Park. In 28 encounters between the two teams overall, the Souths have registered just four wins.
It would be a mistake to write off the Rabbitohs chances though. They are a formidable attacking force this season, having scored the most tries, the most line breaks, the most try assists and the most line-break assists in the Premiership to date. They could provide a seriously stern test for the highly regarded Storm rearguard.
So, the Souths may have home advantage, but current form and the record between the two teams clearly favours the defending champions. The NRL betting odds also see the Storm as favourites for the game, with the Rabbitohs priced at 6/5 (2.20) with bet365*, the Storm offered at 3/4 (1.75) also at bet365* and the draw available at 22/1 (23.00) with Centrebet.
The Winning Margin might be the best way of backing the Storm to win this clash, with BetEasy’s offer of 23/10 (3.30) on the visitors being victorious by 1-10 points looking an attractive option.
* Odds correct at the time of writing