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  • Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs expert predictions for Friday’s Round 6 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 6:00 PM at AAMI Park
  • Storm's player, Ryan Papenhuyzen, has a strong record against the Bulldogs.
  • Despite victory against Roosters, Bulldogs struggle with defense issues.
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Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs, Round 6 2024 - Expert Prediction


The Melbourne Storm will be temporary competition leaders if producing a convincing win over the Canterbury Bulldogs this Friday night.
  • Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs, Round 6 2024 - Expert Prediction
  • Head to Head 
  • Melbourne Storm Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Melbourne Storm Team News
  • Melbourne Storm Team List
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Team News
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Team List
  • Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL 2024 Round 6 FAQs

Melbourne come into this weekend equal first on points thanks to their three wins and a bye but sit at 3rd on the table thanks to their relatively close winning margins over the first month and a half of the competition. This game against the Bulldogs is the first this year for the Storm against an opponent who finished 2023 outside the top 8, offering some relief from the intense first five weeks. 

Canterbury are coming off a nerve wracking win against the Sydney Roosters where they allowed their opposition to score four tries with a man down and further 5th try with two men down, almost pulling off the comeback of the century. The Bulldogs sit at 13th on the ladder but are only one win out of the top 8 with some early season congestion in the middle tier of the competition. 

Looking at these two teams, not only this season but over the past 2-3 years there are stark differences in both attack and defence setting them worlds apart. Melbourne are a well rounded team who know who they are and what their game plan is. 

The Bulldogs are still trying to figure out how to even get to the ground. Melbourne are favoured by 18.5 points early in the week and to be fair it is being kind to the Bulldogs who almost gave up a 24-0 lead with an extra man on the field to an opposition with two of their best players out with concussion. 

  • The Storm have won 31 of their last 41 Friday night games whilst Canterbury have lost 15 of their last 16 Friday night games and the last 5 in a row
  • So far this season, Melbourne average a try every 6.5 tackles inside their opposition 20m zone
  • Melbourne’s previous 4 victories against Canterbury have been by an average of 32.75 pts
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen has scored 5 tries in his last two games against the Bulldogs

Head to Head 


Melbourne hold a commanding lead in the head to head numbers against Canterbury. Since the beginning of the 2019 season they have won five of six match-ups with all but one of those wins being by 22 points or more. 

Last year though it was the Bulldogs who upset the Storm at AAMI park in Round 2 winning 26-12.

Over the past five seasons Melbourne are 4-2 ATS with the Over/Under at 3-3. The 13+ margin has hit in five games straight. 

Melbourne Storm Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
3-11-32-2

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
$15.42-23-10-0

Melbourne carved out a gutsy win last weekend against the Broncos scoring two tries in the last 10 minutes to edge out the Queenslanders 34-32. 

The Storm recovered from a 18-16 half-time deficit to push the game right to the edge with a quarter of the game remaining. 

Jahrome Hughes was instrumental in the game scoring a try, assisting in another two, forcing 3 line drop outs and running for 105 metres in the game. 

The cohesion with Cam Munster, Harry Grant and Ryan Papenhuyzen make this spine one of the most dangerous in the league if all 4 can be on the field at the same time. 

Melbourne Storm Team News


Jack Howarth reverts back to the reserves with Tepai Moeroa being named on the bench. Nelson Asofa-Solomona has also been named in the reserves as he nears a comeback.

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Ryan Papenhuyzen
2. Will Warbrick
3. Reimis Smith
4. Nick Meaney
5. Xavier Coates
6. Cameron Munster
7. Jahrome Hughes
8. Tui Kamikamica
9. Harry Grant
10. Josh King
11. Shawn Blore
12. Eli Katoa
13. Trent Loiero

Interchange
14. Tyran Wishart
15. Christian Welch
16. Tepai Moeroa
17. Alec MacDonald

Reserves
18. Joe Chan
19. Jack Howarth
20. Marion Seve
21. Jonah Pezet
​​​​​​​22. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

Canterbury Bulldogs Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
2-33-21-4

2024 Betting Trends
$10 ML
Over/Under
1-12
13+
$4.51-41-11-2

Canterbury were only minutes from once again being added to the NRL record books last weekend, but this time for all the wrong reasons. 

After scoring a try on their first touch of the ball, merely a minute into the game the Dogs raced out to a 24-0 lead against the Roosters and the game looked out of reach with Dom Young being sent off for a high shot. 

The Dogs though had other plans and allowed the Roosters to get on a roll bringing the game to within 6 points with 23 minutes remaining. 

In the end they managed to stave off the fast finishing Roosters but there are big problems on the defensive end for this team allowing 771 opposition run metres in the second half of the game.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News


With Blake Taaffe out with concussion Stephen Crichton moves to fullback. Bronson Xerri has again been named in the starting side with Blake Wilson out. 

Connor Tracey is under an injury cloud and will need to pass a fitness test closer to match day. Jeral Skelton is in the reserves as a cover for the backs. 

Josh Addo-Carr returns from a shoulder injury with Poasa Faamausili and Bailey Hayward both being named on the bench.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List


1. Stephen Crichton
2. Connor Tracey
3. Jacob Kiraz
4. Bronson Xerri
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Matt Burton
7. Drew Hutchison
8. Max King
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Chris Patolo
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Josh Curran
13. Jaeman Salmon

Interchange
14. Bailey Hayward
15. Poasa Faamausili
16. Sam Hughes
17. Kitione Kautoga

Reserves
19. Toby Sexton
20. Liam Knight
21. Jake Turpin
​​​​​​​22. Jeral Skelton
23. Harry Hayes

Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL 2024 Round 6 FAQs

How to watch Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL 2024 Round 6?

You can watch the Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL 2024 Round 6 game via Fox Sports or Kayo Sports. If you are watching from outside of Australia the WatchNRL app is the perfect solution.

How to buy tickets to Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL 2024 Round 6?

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Verdict

The Storm are tipped to win this one, the question is just by how much. In my opinion the Storm team total Over 30.5 offers good value and if you are feeling a bit daring then the Bulldogs Under 10.5 is giving double money. In any case Ryan Papenhuyzen should cross for a try.
Best Bet1: Melbourne Over 30.5 Team Total @9/10 at Boombet - 2 Units
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