We take a look at Friday’s (2/8/2019) NRL 2019 Week 20 match is between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm. The Melbourne Storm go into the match as the favourite in the market and will likely be heavily backed in the betting.
When: Friday August 2nd, 7:55pm
Where: Suncorp Stadium
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
Wins against the competition’s bottom two sides have pushed the Broncos into the top eight in what is a log jam between 7th and 13th spot in the standings.
The Titans were no match for the Broncos last time out, with Brisbane prevailing 34-12 at Cbus Super Stadium. The task is much tougher for Brisbane this weekend, as they host the league-leading Storm coming off a loss.
Melbourne were downed for the first time in 10 games, losing 11-10 to Manly in the dying moments of golden point. Suliasi Vunivalu is back on the wing in their only change, while Matt Gillett is back for the Broncos, but Tevita Pangai Jnr will miss through suspension.
Melbourne has an imposing record against Brisbane, winning six in a row. In their round 1 meeting, Melbourne won 22-12, with their last five games against Brisbane won by double digits.
The Wolf isn’t ready to jump back on the Broncos bandwagon after wins against the Dogs and Titans. They are just 4-4 against the spread at home, while Melbourne is 6-3 and has had their measure in recent seasons when the Broncos roster has been much better. It’s the Storm all the way on Friday night.
Tip: Melbourne Storm at $1.41
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu at $8.00
Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 15. Joe Ofahengaue 13. Thomas Flegler. Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Patty Carrigan. 21. Shaun Fensom Reserves: 19. Herbie Farnworth 20. Xavier Coates
Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Christian Welch 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen. Reserves: 19. Tui Kamikamica 21. Sandor Earl
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change