The North Queensland Cowboys need a win and they need it now.
The post-JT era has been a bleak one thus far after four rounds of footy has yielded just one win. Tightening the defense is the biggest issue for the Cowboys, who have conceded the most points of any team in the NRL in 2019.
In North Queensland’s last two home games against the Raiders and the Sharks the hosts have conceded a total of 72 points. Diabolical numbers if you want to be competitive in the NRL.
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It’s been a case of no Slater – no worries so far for the Melbourne Storm this campaign.
Last year’s Grand Finalists sit undefeated at the top of the ladder and possess the fourth best offense in the league coupled with the least points conceded so far in 2019.
Say what you want about their performance last week in their two point victory against the lowly Canterbury Bulldogs but the Storm found a way to tough it out and deliver under duress.
Can they make it five in a row against the second last team in the league?
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Two or more tries – $3.75
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After missing last week’s match up due to personal reasons Josh Addo-Carr will come into Friday night’s contest looking to make a statement.
The man who finished inside the top-5 for tries scored in 2018 has only crossed the chalk once this campaign which will no doubt be nagging at the superstar.
Addo-Carr claimed before the start of the season he’ll be “better than ever” in 2019. Time to prove it Josh.
Cowboys vs Storm betting trends
- Ten of Melbourne’s last 11 interstate matches have gone under the total match points line
- Melbourne has won each of its last eight matches against North Queensland
- Gavin Cooper has scored a try in eight of North Queensland’s last nine matches as an underdog
Best bets for North Queensland vs Melbourne
The Storm has looked like the best team in the competition this season, something their points differential and undefeated record can attest to.
On the opposite end of the spectrum the Cowboys have looked entirely listless. After an encouraging start to the season against the St George Dragons the boys from Townsville have failed to finish within 18 points of their opponents.
To further add to their defensive woes the Cowboys have conceded 72 points in their last two home games.
The Storm are undefeated this season and have registered eight straight wins against the Cowboys. Expect Melbourne to make it five wins this season and nine-straight against the home side.
Josh Addo-Carr to score a try and Melbourne Storm to win – $1.83 at Sportsbet
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