NRL Round 21 – Match 6 Preview & Betting: Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders

Footy fans will be treated to another gritty match definitely worth a punt on when the Melbourne Storm host the Raiders at AAMI Park on Sunday arvo.

Melbourne have been like a yo-yo lately with all the off-field drama making it harder and harder for them to put in a consistent effort every week.

After losing three in a row, the Storm found some form and beat the Panthers last week and will be looking to make it back-to-back wins here.

Canberra are one of a handful of teams who still have the smallest of hopes alive for the finals after winning three on the trot to move up 11th spot on the ladder.

If they win this they are still in the comp, but a loss will close the curtains on September footy this season.

This game really depends on which Storm outfit shows up and whether the Raiders travel well and play a full 80 minutes. Little doubt with so much on the line that Canberra will bring it, but what will they be facing?

Back in Round 10 Melbourne beat Canberra by 10, and the odds are in their favour again with Ladbrokes.com.au installing the Storm as the $1.45 favourites.

There could be value in the Raiders at $2.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au especially with the return of Dave Shillington, however be wary of them away from home and even though the size of the forward pack is imposing the Storm should have more strength and points in them via talent like Cronk and Inglis.

The stats are on the Storm’s side too with the Raiders losing 15 of the past 16 games played in Melbourne, but get ready for an aggressive battle as Canberra look to gain if not the respect then certainly the upper hand on the Storm.

While it is hard to pick there is plenty to look forward to including the showdown between fullbacks Slater and Dugan, start looking at those exotic betting markets!

Footy Tip of the Match – Raiders the first team to score at $2.10 through Ladbrokes.com.au

NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:

Even though our money is on the Storm to win, we think the Green Machine will come out firing early and be first to score at $2.10 through Ladbrokes.com.au

Current Head-to-Head Odds:

Storm $1.45 – Raiders $2.80 Ladbrokes.com.au

Round 21 Storm Team:

1. Billy Slater 2. Matt Duffie 3. Dane Nielsen 4. Greg Inglis 5. Justin O’Neill 6. Brett Finch 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Cam Smith 10. Brett White 11. Sika Manu 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Adam Blair

Bench: 14. Ryan Hinchcliffe 15. Todd Lowrie 16. Jeff Lima 17. Kevin Proctor

Reserve: 18. Jesse Bromwich

Round 21 Raiders Team:

1. Josh Dugan 2. Joel Monaghan 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Adam Mogg 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Terry Campese 7. Josh McCrone 8. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs 9. Travis Waddell 10. David Shillington 11. Joe Picker 12. Bronson Harrison 13. Josh Miller

Bench: 14. Sam Mataora 15. Trevor Thurling 16. Dane Tilse 17. Scott Logan

Reserve: 18. Danny Galea