Brisbane Broncos – $2.60 at Sportsbet
Melbourne Storm – $1.48
Two of the NRL’s heavyweights go toe-to-toe this Friday night as the race to the NRL finals heats up.
The Brisbane Broncos are back in business after four games without a loss and could climb to seventh place with a win this week.
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Next up for Anthony Seibold’s men is a Melbourne Storm outfit that suffered a rare defeat last time out.
The one-point loss to Manly ended a winning streak that lasted more than two months, so Craig Bellamy will expect an immediate response.
Brisbane Broncos Round 20 team news
Tevita Pangai Jr is out suspended, but Thomas Flegler and Matt Gillett are both back. Joe Ofahengaue shifts to the bench, while Keenan Palasia is out of the squad.
Out: Keenan Palasia (omitted), Tevita Pangai Jr (suspension)
In: Thomas Flegler, Matt Gillett
Melbourne Storm Round 20 team news
The league leaders have made only one change for the trip to Queensland, with Suliasi Vunivalu returning from suspension. Sandor Earl drops to the reserves as a result.
Out: Sandor Earl (reserves)
In: Suliasi Vunivalu
Broncos vs Storm first tryscorer tips
Corey Oates – There is no need to look beyond the top line when assessing Brisbane’s best bets in the tryscorer markets. With 13 majors for the season, Oates is the go-to guy for the Broncos.
Suliasi Vunivalu – The Storm missed Vunivalu’s physical presence last week. The Fijian winger is difficult to stop in full flight and will give the Brisbane defence headaches aplenty if he gets the service.
Broncos vs Storm NRL stats and trends
- Brisbane lead the NRL for intercepts (14), tackle breaks (651) and kick metres (11,160)
- The Broncos are also the equal-worst team for ineffective tackles with 314
- Melbourne have scored more points (463) and conceded fewer (228) than any other team
- The Storm have lost only three of their 18 games this season
Broncos vs Storm NRL Round 20 predictions
The last time Melbourne lost a game, they responded with a 64-10 demolition of Parramatta – and at Suncorp Stadium, no less. The Broncos are improving at a rapid rate, but the Storm will want to put their collective foot down and make it clear they are still the no.1 team in the competition.
Melbourne Storm by 1-12 points – $2.88 at Sportsbet
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