Melbourne will have to do without influential fullback Billy Slater for their clash against the Canberra raiders in the nation’s capital.
Undoubtedly this is a significant loss, however the Storm have a remarkable record against Canberra winning 11 of the past 13 clashes at this ground.
Melbourne also hold a commanding record of 23 wins in their past 33 clashes against the Raiders, so confidence will no doubt be high to continue this winning trend.
Points have generally flowed in clashes between these two, with the past 3 here recording 42pts or more, whilst the past 6 clashes at all venues have recorded similar numbers.
I thought Canberra were flattered somewhat against a poor Manly side last week, and despite the big shoes of Slater to fill, I think the Line is a bit thin here so am keen to side with the Storm to cover in this one.
After an eventful clash with the Rabbitohs last week, the Bulldogs will have to make do without a host of stars for their clash with the Dragons on Sunday afternoon.
Despite the loss of five key players, the Dogs have named a strong looking side which will be keen to add to their impressive record over their opponents.
The Bulldogs have won 17 of the past 27 meetings with St George, including the last 5 straight.
4 of the past 5 clashes have recorded 34pts or less, so with the Dragons improved defence and key players missing for the Dogs, this could well prove a fruitful angle to play in what appears a tricky match to call.
Verdict: Total Match Points Under 37.5 at $1.90with