The NRL Finals match between Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles features as Bettingpro.com.au’s best bet for Friday September 10.
Bet Of The Day September 10 – read on below for our reasoning behind today’s best bet.
TODAY'S BEST BET | SEPTEMBER 10
The NRL finals kicks off tonight and we’re liking the look of Manly to really take it to Melbourne for our best bet.
Reigning premiers Melbourne may have equaled the all-time record for most consecutive wins this season with 19, but they haven’t been operating at their peak level over the last month.
Indeed, after a flurry of 13+ wins for most of the season, the Storm have seen four of their last five games decided by a 1-12 margin, while they also lost to an average Parramatta side during that period.
Of course the Storm were going to slow down after their sizzling form all season, but it’s not that easy to immediately reset and produce your best footy in the pressure-filled environment of finals footy.
Then there’s the fact that Manly have the competition’s best player in Tom Trbojevic, who has almost single-handedly steered his side into the top four.
Trbojevic has scored 25 tries and made 30 try assists in just 15 games this season – and if he’s firing on all cylinders tonight, the Sea Eagles will be very hard to contain.
It’s also worth nothing Des Hasler is the only coach in the NRL with a winning record over Craig Bellamy – you can bet your bottom dollar that the mad scientist will have a few tricks up his sleeve for this clash.
The Sea Eagles pushed Melbourne all the way in a 28-18 defeat just over a month ago. They were leading at half-time and came undone mostly due to their own ill-discipline and errors and not any brilliance from the Storm.
We will be backing Manly with an +8.5 head start and it wouldn’t surprise us if they managed to cause the upset to launch the NRL finals.
- Manly have won 16 of their last 20 games
- Tom Trbojevic has scored 25 tries and made 30 try assists in 15 games
- Four of the Storm’s last five games have been decided by 1-12 margins
- Sea Eagles have won their last four games
- Des Hasler is the only NRL coach with a winning record over Craig Bellamy
- Manly have covered the line in six of their last seven games vs reigning premiers
BET OF THE DAY SEPTEMBER 10 👇