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Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm Predictions & Tips - Storm to continue winning run

  • Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm predictions for Thursday's NRL Round 16 match
  • The match is being played at McDonald Jones Stadium (10.50am BST)
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 12 matches
  • Storm are tipped to cover the handicap again against the Roosters
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Melbourne Storm are tipped for a 13th straight win (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 30 Jun 2021
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Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm Predictions

Melbourne Storm are proving unstoppable and the Sydney Roosters face them at the wrong time having leaked points of late. 

The Storm are tipped to cover the handicap once again and are value in the alternative winning margin markets.

  • Sydney Roosters have conceded 76 points in their last 2 games.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 3 matches against Sydney Roosters.
  • Melbourne Storm have won 9 of their last 13 matches against Sydney Roosters.
  • Melbourne Storm have covered the handicap in 4 of their last 5 matches against Sydney Roosters.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 12 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm have scored at least 40 points in 9 of their last 12 matches.

Head to Head

Melbourne Storm made it three straight wins over the Roosters with a 20-4 victory in Round 6 this season. The run followed Sydney's 2019 Grand Final success.

Storm have now won nine of the last 13 clashes against the Roosters.

Sydney Roosters Form

Sydney Roosters find themselves in fifth spot on the ladder after going down 38-12 to Penrith Panthers prior to last week's blank weekend.

Trent Robinson's side have been leaking points, conceding 34 points or more in three of the last four matches.

That includes a shock 34-16 loss at home to Brisbane Broncos and a dramatic come-from-behind 35-34 victory over Gold Coast Suns.

Sydney Roosters Team News

The Roosters have named James Tedesco and Angus Crichton to back up from State of Origin duties last weekend.

Sam Walker comes back into the starting line-up after being rested last week, with Lachlan Lam moving to the number six jersey.

Joseph Manu starts in the centres with Joseph Suaalii dropping down to the reserves. Sitili Tupouniua also returns at the expense of Fletcher Baker, who is on the bench.

Sydney Roosters Team List

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 14. Adam Keighran 15. Egan Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 17. Fletcher Baker 18. Drew Hutchison 19. Ben Thomas 20. Freddy Lussick 21. Joseph Suaalii

Melbourne Storm Form

Melbourne Storm brought up a 12th straight win with a 66-16 demolition of the Wests Tigers two weeks ago and remain top of the ladder on points differential.

The Storm have been been racking up the points, hitting the 40-plus point mark in nine of their 12 victories.

Craig Bellamy's side rank first for points scored and boast the second best defence in the competition.

Melbourne Storm Team News

Cameron Munster, Josh Addo-Carr, Christian Welch and Felise Kaufusi all start after returning to Storm following State of Origin 2.

However, Craig Bellamy may make a late call on his Origin reps.

Kenny Bromwich and Jess Bromwich both come back into the Storm side after injury, but Nelson Asofa-Solomona is still suspended and Harry Grant and Tom Eisenhuth are injured.

Melbourne Storm Team List

1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aaron Booth 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Aaron Pene 18. Cooper Johns 19. Jordan Grant 20. Dean Ieremia 21. Trent Loiero

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There is no need to get off the Storm train yet. They are tipped to make it 13 wins in a row and cover the handicap again against the Roosters.

Best Bet: Storm -12.5 Handicap Line @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Storm by 21-30 Alternative Winning Margin @350.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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