NRL Preliminary Finals Odds and Picks
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015By Tom Wilkinson
NRL Odds: It is down to the final four in the National Rugby League with the Preliminary Finals this weekend as the Sydney Roosters visit the Brisbane Broncos while the North Queensland Cowboys are at the Melbourne Storm. Both of the road teams are getting a lot of respect as each team is listed as a small favorite. The Sydney Roosters are 2-point favorites on Friday at the Brisbane Broncos while the North Queensland Cowboys are 1.5 point favorites at the Melbourne Storm.
Here is a look at both games and NRL picks.
Friday, September 25th
Sydney Roosters -2 at Brisbane Broncos
The first of the Preliminary Finals should be a great one as the Sydney Roosters come in with the better record while the Brisbane Broncos are the home team. It has been four years since Brisbane even made a grand final qualifier and they have not made the big game in almost a decade. The game on Friday will also be the last home contest for captain Justin Hodges. The Broncos beat the Cowboys two weeks ago so they were able to rest up last week and get ready for this contest. These teams have met a total of 30 times with the Broncos winning 16 while the Roosters have won 14.
This is a tough one to call as I think Sydney is the better team but Brisbane is at home and hosting a final for the first time since 1998. I will take the home team plus the points.
Saturday, September 26th
North Queensland Cowboys -1.5 at Melbourne Storm
The Cowboys were simply dominant last week and oddsmakers have taken notice as they have North Queensland favored on the road. The weather is expected to be dry which is great news for North Queensland who prefers a fast track. Last week the weather was great and the Cowboys dominated Cronulla. "That's good because we are not used to playing in the rain; we haven't seen rain up here for a couple of years," head coach Paul Green said.
The Storm are going to try and slow down the Cowboys with some wrestling tactics but the Cowboys are ready. “Their defense definitely does favour a bit of wrestle and they pride themselves on their defense,” centre Justin O’Neill said. “They are up there in the stats among the best defensive teams, but our pack was great (against the Sharks) and we’ll have to do the job again this week in Melbourne.” The Storm have had a lot of success against the Cowboys with 20 wins and just 9 losses in the last 29 meetings.
I had the Cowboys last week and I see no reason they can’t win again so I will lay the small number and take North Queensland.
Check out the latest NRL odds at Diamond sportsbook.