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  • Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm predictions for Saturday's NRL Round 11 match
  • Five of the last 6 clashes in Canberra have been settled by 1-12 winning margins
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Melbourne Storm can make it eight straight wins when they visit Canberra Raiders on Saturday (Getty Images)
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Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm Tips


These sides are in very different form, despite both winning last weekend. Despite injuries to key players, the Storm have scored points with relative ease, while the Raiders have struggled to win games. 

Last weekend the Raiders beat the last placed Bulldogs by just two points, their first win in six weeks. But they are tipped to keep it close against a Storm side missing several big guns.

  • Canberra Raiders have lost 5 of their last 6 matches.
  • Canberra Raiders have lost their last 3 home matches.
  • Five of the last 6 clashes in Canberra have been settled by 1-12 winning margins.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 7 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm has scored 40+ points in 6 of their last 7 matches.

Head-to-Head


There have been 47 games between these two outfits, with Melbourne holding a comprehensive 33-14 advantage. 

The last 10 clashes have seen Melbourne win 7-3, while Storm coach Craig Bellamy has won 15 of his 18 treks to the nation’s capital dating back to 2003.

Canberra Raiders Form


The Raiders have been a team of two halves all season. They only trailed at halftime twice this year and have scored 131 first half points to their opponents' 72. 

But in the second half, they’ve only outscored their opponents twice, scoring 62 points and conceding 155. When you consider that 24 of those 62 second-half points were scored in Round 1, it’s very clear that Canberra have a huge problem closing out games.

They have four wins this year, three of them in the opening four rounds against Wests Tigers, Cronulla Sharks and the Gold Coast Titans.

Canberra then lost five straight games before last weekend's tight 20-18 win over the last placed Canterbury Bulldogs.

Canberra Raiders Team News


The Raiders have a growing list of injured and suspended players, many of whom will not be available until next weekend at the earliest.

They include Ryan Sutton, Jack Wighton, Josh Hodgson, Joseph Tapine, Jordan Rapana and Albert Hopoate. 

Josh Papalii is suspended until Round 14, while Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad looks to be out until Round 16. 

Harley Smith-Shields has a bicep injury which will keep him sidelined until Round 20, while captain Jarrod Croker has recovered from his shoulder injury but is now being treated for an ongoing knee injury.

This weekend, Sam Williams will play in the halves to cover the loss of Wighton. Dunamis Lui moves to the front row to cover Papalii and Hudson Young starts at lock.

Brad Schneider comes onto the bench and Ryan Sutton returns to the 17 on the interchange.

Canberra Raiders Team List


1. Caleb Aekins 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Curtis Scott 5. Semi Valemi 6. Sam Williams 7. George Williams 8. Dunamis Lui 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young 14. Brad Schneider 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Ryan James 18. Matthew Timoko 19. Iosia Soliola 20. Siliva Havili 21. Harry Rushton 

Melbourne Storm Form


The Storm had a very slow start by their standards, scoring a solid 26-18 win over Souths before dropping back-to-back games against Parramatta Eels (16-12) and Penrith Panthers (12-10). 

Since Round 4 though, the reigning premiers have been simply devastating and have scored 248 points in just seven games.

They have beaten Brisbane Broncos 40-6, Canterbury Bulldogs 52-18, Sydney Roosters 20-4, New Zealand Warriors 42-20, Cronulla Sharks 40-14, South Sydney Rabbitohs 50-0 and last weekend they handed the St George Illawarra Dragons a 44-18 drubbing.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Gun playmakers Cameron Munster and Harry Grant are both expected to return next weekend, while Brenko Lee could be another three weeks away from a return. 

Darryn Schonig will be out for at least a month while Ryan Papenhuyzen and Ryley Jacks will miss this weekend after suffering head knocks last weekend. 

Tyson Smoothy (knee) and Max King (achilles) are both sidelined indefinitely with their injuries.

In some good news though, Brandon Smith has served his suspension and will return this weekend. 

Talented utility Nicho Hynes shifts to fullback this weekend, with Chris Lewis lining up at five-eighth. Aaron Pene is the new face on the bench.

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Chris Lewis 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aaron Pene 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 18. Aaron Booth 19. Cooper Johns 20. Trent Loiero 21. Dean Ieremia

Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm FAQs

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When does Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm kick off?

The match is being played at GIO Stadium on Saturday, May 22.

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Verdict

Canberra’s second half fade is a huge concern, coupled with the Storm’s insane attack. But Melbourne are without several big guns in their attack this weekend and tipped to win by 1-12 in the capital with Canberra putting up a fight.

Best Bet: Storm by 1-12 Winning Margin @250.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit

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