It will indeed be a thrilling action in the National Rugby League (NRL) on Thursday when Sydney Roosters hope to continue their strong start to the new season when they play away to Melbourne Storm.
Roosters will be searching for a fourth win in five matches this season, and a victory could lift them to the top of the rugby standings. Also, the Storm have also made a positive start to the campaign after securing three wins in their opening five matches.
Quick Information About The Game
Location of the game: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2023.
Time: 3:20 PM
This will be their 46th meeting, with the Storm having narrow advantage, won 26 of the previous encounters. Though, the Roosters have claimed victory on 19 previous games.
An unexpected defeat was suffered by the Storm in the meeting between the teams last year, with Sydney securing an 18-14 win. That was the first victory for the Roosters in six encounters against the Storm. The recent head-to-head form could be vital before making a Storm vs Roosters prediction.
Melbourne Storm Key Facts To Note
The Melbourne Storm would have come into this new season as one of the leading contenders for NRL success. They enjoyed a fine campaign last term, as they reached the opening week of the finals before falling to the Canberra Raiders.
The Storm have started the new season in quite solid form, as they have picked up three wins. In total, they have scored 104 points, but they have also conceded 98 points. Nick Meaney has been the star performer to this point, as he has scored four tries and leads the team in terms of points scored.
They come into this game looking for a third straight win after landing an 18-10 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs last weekend.
Sydney Roosters Key Facts To Note
Last season ultimately ended in a huge disappointment for the Sydney Roosters, as they were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs by the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Meanwhile, they already are looking like a strong contender in the NRL this term, as they are currently third in the overall standings.
They have registered three wins from their opening four matches, and currently boast a points difference of +8. The Roosters continued to improve in their most recent game, as they registered a third straight success. Their latest win was recorded against the Eels, as they ran out 28-20 winners.
Jahrome Hughes will return from suspension for the Storm this week, while Jonah Pezet could retain his place.
Nathan Brown could return from injury, while James Tedesco will be missing for the Roosters
Melbourne Storm: -129
Sydney Roosters: +105
Melbourne Storm (-1.5): -115
Sydney Roosters (+1.5): -105
Total Points: Over 38.5 (-110) Under 38.5 (-110)
This is undoubtedly a thrilling encounter between two of the most successful NRL sides in modern history.
However, it’s pretty hard to overlook the recent feat achieved by Storm ahead of this fixture. Having that in mind, there is a high possibility of the home side covering the spread in landing the victory.
Best Pick: Melbourne Storm -1.5 @ 1.84 odds.