South Sydney Rabbitohs v Sydney Roosters Friday, August 10, 7:55pm ANZ Stadium, Sydney
If we thought that the Rabbitohs and Storm clash last week was a treat, we’re in for an absolute blockbuster when these old rivals go toe-to-toe on Friday night. The Rabbitohs find themselves on top of the NRL ladder after their impressive win over the Storm last week, while the Roosters have won four straight and 10 of their last 12 matches. Strap yourselves in!
Recent FormSouth Sydney lead the premiership with a 15-5 record. They rank second in scoring and third in defence. Souths have won 11 of 12 and enter this off a 30-20 win over Melbourne. Souths have conceded 20 or more in five of six. The Sydney Roosters sit third on the ladder with a 14-6 record. The Roosters are the top defensive team in the NRL while they rank fifth in scoring. The Roosters have won four straight and 10 of 12. The Roosters have scored 20 or more in five of six.
Stats That Matter– South Sydney are 13-7 ATS with an 11-9 under record while the Sydney Roosters are 12-8 ATS with an 11-9 under number. – The Sydney Roosters have won 3 of the last 4 against South Sydney though Souths won 26-14 in Round 6 this year. – The last 10 at ANZ have been split evenly. – None of the last four meetings have topped 40 points. – Margins in seven of the last eight have been seven points or larger. – Souths have covered 13 of their last 18 at ANZ but they have covered just 3 of 8 when favoured by less than a converted try. – Souths are 9-4 ATS at ANZ after scoring 30 or more. – Souths have covered 11 of 16 after conceding 20-plus. – The Roosters have covered three straight and nine of their last 12 away from Allianz. – The Roosters have covered five straight and are 7-1 ATS in their last eight as a road underdog. – The Roosters are 19-12 ATS as an underdog over the last four years with eight straight unders in the situation. – Underdogs who are on a four-game win streak are 18-11 ATS with an 18-11 under record. – The Roosters have covered 12 of 16 night games.
Final ThoughtsAs the betting suggests, very little separates both of these in-form sides. The Wolf has a feeling that the Rabbitohs could come out a little flat after their intense win over the Storm last week. The Roosters have won three of the last four against the Rabbitohs and will edge the Rabbitohs here in what is shaping as a thriller.
How It Shapes UpSydney by 2
Recommended Bets Best: Sydney +1.5 ($1.83) Value: Sydney 1-12 ($3.20) First Tryscorer: Joseph Manu