Sydney Roosters – $1.31 at Bet365
South Sydney Rabbitohs – $3.50
Could you dream up a better fixture to open the 2019 NRL Finals Series?
The Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs met only last week, when the Bunnies claimed a 16-10 win to secure third place and set up an immediate rematch.
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That’s the second time Souths have beaten their arch-rivals this season, so they are hoping to complete an impressive hat-trick at the SCG this Friday night.
The loss at ANZ Stadium ended a seven-game winning streak for the Roosters, who will welcome back a number of their big names for the first week of finals.
Sydney Roosters team news
Mitch Aubusson, Luke Keary and Brett Morris all step into the starting 13 after sitting out last week. That sees Nat Butcher and Angus Crichton move to the interchange, while Drew Hutchinson, Billy Smith and Sitili Tupouniua drop out of the squad. Veteran English winger Ryan Hall is named among the reserves.
Out: Drew Hutchinson, Billy Smith, Sitili Tupouniua
In: Mitchell Aubusson, Luke Keary, Brett Morris
South Sydney Rabbitohs team news
Sam Burgess is banned and Dane Gagai has a sore hamstring, but Tom Burgess is back from injury and James Roberts returns from suspension. Junior Tatola moves to starting prop, while Dean Britt joins the bench and Tom Amone drops out. George Burgess is listed in the reserves alongside Mawene Hiroti, Bayley Sironen and Connor Tracey.
Out: Sam Burgess, Dane Gagai, Tom Amone
In: Dean Britt, Thomas Burgess, James Roberts
Roosters vs Rabbitohs tryscorer betting tips
James Tedesco – Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Tedesco is a big-game player if ever there was one and offers excellent value at $2.40 in the anytime tryscorer betting at Ladbrokes.
Cody Walker – The Rabbitohs’ star five-eighth has rediscovered his tryscoring touch with four in the last seven weeks, so the $5 anytime tryscorer odds at Ladbrokes are well worth a look.
Roosters vs Rabbitohs stats and trends
- The Roosters scored more tries (108) than any other team in the regular season
- Only the Melbourne Storm (300) conceded fewer points than Sydney’s 363
- The Rabbitohs beat the Chooks away in round one and at home in round 25
- Souths have won 10 out of 12 games this year when Alex Johnston has started
Roosters vs Rabbitohs betting predictions
Sydney Roosters by 1-12 points – $2.80 at Sportsbet
The Tricolours got the loss out of their system last week and should be much better with Aubusson, Keary and Morris back on the park. While Souths are coming good at the right time of year, they are missing some key figures and will need some huge performances from their remaining on-field leaders. Expect a ripping contest with the Chooks advancing to the preliminary finals.
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