STATE of Origin game one is done and dusted, which means we can finally focus back on the league itself until the second game rolls around, and this week we have some fantastic matches.
There are several teams that are playing for their season, the Storm looking to keep their minor premiership chances alive and two teams looking to climb up from the bottom rungs on the ladder.
It shapes as the most fascinating round of 2016.
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NRL Round 13 Multi of the Week:
Canberra to defeat Manly ($1.55)
Melbourne to defeat Penrith ($1.74)
Sydney Roosters to beat Wests Tigers ($1.40)
South Sydney to beat Gold Coast ($1.53)
Canberra vs. Manly
Friday, June 3 from 7.50pm at GIO Stadium, Canberra
The first Friday night game in the nation’s capital for 2016 sees the seventh placed Raiders hosting the equal third from bottom Sea Eagles.
Canberra came back from the brink last week to record a come-from-behind win for the ages against Canterbery.
The win was the Raiders’ second straight win; victory on Friday night would secure their first set of three triumphs in over 12 months.
Manly are fresh off the bye but have not tasted success in more than a month.
We are expecting the Raiders to easily account for the struggling Sea Eagles, adding some nice value to our multi in the process.
Multi tip: Canberra Raiders to win – $1.55
Melbourne vs. Penrith
Saturday, June 4 from 7.35pm at AAMI Park, Melbourne
The Storm are going for six in a row when they take on the Panthers at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
This is the first time Melbourne has played at home since ANZAC Day, and they will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table against a side they have dominated in recent times.
Craig Bellamy’s men have won nine of the last ten games against the Panthers.
The Storm may have to do it without Cooper Cronk and Cam Smith – both of whom have not been named in the squad following Origin duties.
It should not matter for the Storm however, who should extend their run to seven on the trot in the fortress that is AAMI Park.
Multi tip: Melbourne Storm to win – $1.74
Sydney Roosters vs. Wests Tigers
Sunday, June 5 from 4pm at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
It is do-or-die for both the Roosters and the Tigers heading into Sunday’s pivotal match-up.
Both sides are not completely out of the finals race but a loss to either side would rule them out of contention – even at this early stage.
The Roosters have dominated the Tigers in recent times, winning the last seven matches in a row.
The closest margin between the two sides in the last six games was 24 points.
The Roosters have also made Allianz Stadium a strong hold too, winning their last seven matches at the Sydney venue.
This all points to a comfortable Sydney Roosters win, and we are backing them to do exactly that.
Sydney Roosters to win – $1.40
South Sydney vs. Gold Coast
Sunday, June 5 from 6.30pm at Nib Stadium, Perth
We round out the multi this week in the unusual city of Perth this week as the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday afternoon.
Greg Inglis and the Rabbits’ season is on a knife’s edge, a loss to the Titans will make their top-8 chances much more difficult.
South Sydney are at $2.00 to play finals in 2016.
The 2014 premiership winners have experienced an incredible winning streak against the Titans, winning six of the last seven matches in a row against the Gold Coast.
We are expecting South Sydney to keep their supremacy over the Titans alive on Sunday, keeping their finals hopes intact in the process.
South Sydney Rabbitohs to win – $1.40
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