A spot in the NRL Grand Final is on the line when Melbourne square off against Canberra in the preliminary finals on Friday night.
Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Storm have won their last 19 games in Queensland…
Storm vs Raiders Tips
Storm vs Raiders Match Details
?? Competition: NRL
? Date: Friday October 16
⏰ Time: 7.50pm AEDT
? Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
Storm vs Raiders 2020 Form (last five matches)
- R17: Rabbitohs 16-22 Storm
- R18: Storm 36-20 Cowboys
- R19: Storm 50-22 Tigers
- R20: Dragons 30-22 Storm
- FW1: Storm 36-24 Eels
- R18: Dragons 8-37 Raiders
- R19: Raiders 26-14 Warriors
- R20: Sharks 28-38 Raiders
- FW1: Raiders 32-20 Sharks
- FW2: Roosters 18-22 Raiders
Storm vs Raiders Head to Head (last five matches)
Raiders have won three of their last four encounters.
- 11/7/20: Raiders 14-20 Storm
- 30/5/20: Storm 6-22 Raiders
- 14/9/19: Storm 10-22 Raiders
- 17/8/19: Storm 18-22 Raiders
- 22/3/19: Raiders 10-22 Storm
Storm vs Raiders Tips, Preview & Prediction
Melbourne and Canberra write another chapter in their growing rivalry when the two sides collide in the preliminary finals on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.
This will be the sixth meeting between the two sides since the start of the 2019 season, with the Raiders holding a slight 4-2 advantage, winning three of the last four – although the Storm won their last encounter in July.
Craig Bellamy has guided his side to within one match of the Grand Final once again and come into this clash fresh after earning the week off following their 36-24 victory over Parramatta.
Melbourne’s attack has been on fire over the last month, with the team scoring at least 36 points in their last three matches – but Bellamy will surely want his side to tighten up in defence after leaking 20+ points in four straight matches for the first time since 2014.
Currently on an incredible 19-match winning streak in Queensland, it’s no surprise that Melbourne are favourites to return to the Grand Final.
However, Canberra have plenty of reason to be confident of making back-to-back Grand Finals after avenging their loss to the Roosters in last season’s showpiece in the semi-finals, holding on for a brilliant 22-18 victory at the SCG.
The Raiders have now won eight of their last nine games and are starting to peak at exactly the right time, while the loss of Josh Hodgson to injury early in the season has yet to affect them.
Canberra’s attack has also been firing, with the Green Machine scoring at least 30 points in six of their last 10 matches.
Josh Papalii is arguably the form player in the competition and is laying a huge platform for the likes of Jack Wighton and George Williams to work their magic. Wighton’s individual match-up with Cameron Munster could be the deciding factor in Friday’s showdown.
Despite each side piling on the points over the last couple of months, I think this could be a low-scoring encounter – after all, 11 of the last 12 games between these sides have gone under the total points line.
When push comes to shove, I think Melbourne will have that little bit extra to give, and coupled with their extraordinary winning streak in Queensland and Canberra’s current streak of losing their last four at Suncorp by 1-12 margins, I’m backing the men in purple to return to the GF.
Storm vs Raiders Teams
Just one change for Melbourne as Tom Eisenhuth replaces Chris Lewis on the bench, while Canberra have named the same 17 that beat the Roosters.
Melbourne Storm team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Dale Finucane 19. Paul Momirovski 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Chris Lewis
Canberra Raiders team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Tom Starling 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Hudson Young 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Sam Williams 19. Matthew Timoko 20. Ryan Sutton 21. Michael Oldfield
Storm vs Canberra Stats
- Raiders have won three of their last four meetings
- Storm have won their last 19 games in Queensland
- Raiders have lost their last four games at Suncorp by 1-12 margins
- Josh Addo-Carr has scored at least one try in his last eight matches at Suncorp
- 11 of the last 12 games between the sides have gone under the total points line
- Jack Wighton has scored a try in his last four finals matches
- Nick Cotric has scored a try in his last two matches vs Melbourne
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