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Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Wighton the key to Raiders chances

  • Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders clash in the NRL Semi-Final
  • The game is a rematch of last year's NRL Grand Final won by the Roosters
  • The Roosters have lost back to back matches
  • The Raiders have won four straight games
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Jack Wighton will be key for the Raiders against the Roosters (Getty Images)

The Sydney Roosters host the Canberra Raiders at the SCG on Friday in the first of the NRL Semi-Finals. The Roosters suffered a one point loss to the Penrith Panthers last week, while the Raiders saw off Cronulla Sharks and are out to avenge last year's Grand Final loss to the Chooks.

Sydney Roosters Form


The defending premiers provided a rollercoaster performance last weekend, flying to a 10-0 lead early against the Panthers before conceding 28 straight points. They then made a comeback only to lose 29-28.

The Roosters will be looking to rediscover their best form this weekend after back-to-back losses, as the two-time defending premiers bid to keep the defence of their title.

Sydney Roosters Team News


Club captain Jake Friend has been named to return at hooker, pushing Freddy Lussick out of the side. Sonny Bill Williams has been named on the bench, replacing Nat Butcher.

The Roosters team for Friday can be found below:

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6.Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Isaac Liu 14. Lindsay Collins 15. Sitili Tupouniua 16.Mitchell Aubusson 17. Sonny Bill Williams 18. Nat Butcher 19. Daniel Fifita 20. Matt Ikuvalu 21. Lachlan Lam

Canberra Raiders Form


The Canberra Raiders will be out to avenge last year’s controversial Grand Final loss to the Roosters, and come into the Semi-Final off the back of a strong win in Week 1 of the finals.

Jack Wighton was nothing short of sensational against the Cronulla Sharks, scoring two tries in their 32-20 win at home in the Elimination Final.

Canberra Raiders Team News


Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged side from last week's victory.

The Raiders team list for Friday can be found below:

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 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. Kai O'Donnell 21. Michael Oldfield

Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders Head To Head


The Roosters have dominated the head-to-head matches against the Raiders, winning 26 of 39 games. The score has been settled at one apiece in 2020, however, with the Raiders winning 24-20 in Round 10, and the Roosters winning 18-6 in Round 17.

Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders Betting Odds


The Roosters are 1.45 favourites to defeat the Raiders (2.75) in the Semi-Final. The line has been set at +6 points for the Raiders and -6 for the Roosters.

Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders Match Up


New South Wales Origin hopefuls Luke Keary and Jack Wighton are two of the most exciting running halves in the game and come face-to-face on Friday. 

Wighton began his finals campaign in devastating form against the Sharks last weekend, tearing the Cronulla defence apart with his running game. 

On the other hand, Keary has taken a stronger management role at the Roosters this season following Cooper Cronk’s retirement. If he produces his best form, the Raiders will find him immensely hard to hold out.

Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders Key Stats


  • The Roosters have lost back to back matches, conceding 89 points.
  • The Raiders have won four straight games leading into this weekend.
  • The Raiders have only scored less than 32 points once in their four match winning streak.
  • The Roosters have won 26 of the 39 head to heads against the Raiders.
  • The Roosters won last year's Grand Final against the Raiders.

Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders FAQs

What time is the Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders match?

The Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders match is played at 9.50am BST on Friday, October 9.

Where is the Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders match played?

The Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders match is played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia.

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Verdict

The Roosters are a superstar side and will be no pushovers. The Raiders enter this weekend's match in fantastic form, making for a blockbusters. 

Nathan Cleary scored three tries for the Panthers last week against the Roosters through the middle of the field. Led by Jack Wighton, expect the Raiders to also target the Roosters middle third.

Best Bet: Raiders -6 Handicap Line @-109.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Jack Wighton Anytime Tryscorer @+230 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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