Melbourne Storm – $1.33 at Bet365
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles – $3.35
Saturday’s marquee match at AAMI Park is shaping up as a belter between two teams that are already looking towards September.
After nine wins on the bounce, the Melbourne Storm are six points clear at the summit and waltzing towards to the minor premiership.
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There were some notable absentees for last week’s routine victory over the Gold Coast Titans, but the big names are back to face Manly Warringah.
If there were any doubts about the Sea Eagles’ finals credentials, they put them to rest with a comprehensive 36-24 win over the dangerous Parramatta Eels.
Des Hasler’s men have now won four of their last five and may well fancy their chances of improving that record with an upset in the south.
Melbourne Storm Round 19 team news
State of Origin stars Josh Addo-Carr, Will Chambers, Felise Kaufusi, Cameron Munster and Christian Welch all return after a rest, which sees Tom Eisenhuth, Tino Faasuamaleaui, Tui Kamikamica and Marion Seve drop to the reserves. Ryan Papenhuyzen and Joe Stimson are benched, while Sandor Earl keeps his place on the wing with Suliasi Vunivalu out suspended.
Out: Suliasi Vunivalu (suspended), Tom Eisenhuth, Tino Faasuamaleaui, Tui Kamikamica, Marion Seve (all reserves)
In: Josh Addo-Carr, Will Chambers, Felise Kaufusi, Cameron Munster, Christian Welch
Manly Sea Eagles Round 19 team news
Manly have gone with the same 17 that ran over Parramatta last time out. Cade Cust, Brendan Elliot, Jack Gosiewski and Lloyd Perrett are on standby should any late changes eventuate.
Storm vs Sea Eagles tryscorer betting tips
Josh Addo-Carr – With Vunivalu out, JAC is the undisputed danger-man in the Storm’s back half. Now that Origin is done and dusted, the NSW winger will want to fill his boots in the last few weeks before the finals.
Tom Trbojevic – From one Blues star to another, the younger Trbojevic brother has played out of his skin since returning from injury in June. With five tries from only six starts this season, the Manly fullback is always a threat.
Storm vs Sea Eagles NRL stats and trends
- Melbourne’s points differential of +236 is miles ahead of second-best Sydney (+132)
- The Storm top no fewer than nine key stats across scoring, attack, possession and running
- The Sea Eagles have registered 210 offloads this year – more than any other team
- Manly are also second for ineffective tackles (294) and third for penalties against (123)
Storm vs Sea Eagles NRL Round 19 predictions
The Storm are electric, the Sea Eagles are flying and there are mouth-watering matchups all over the park. The battle of the playmakers between Cameron Munster and Daly Cherry-Evans looks a beauty, while the two front rows also stack up well. Melbourne should edge it at home, with Cameron Smith’s incomparable game smarts proving the difference.
Melbourne Storm by 1-12 points – $3 at Sportsbet
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