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Storm vs Raiders Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Who will win NRL Preliminary Final?

  • Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders clash in an NRL Preliminary Final
  • Storm are favourites to reach the NRL Grand Final
  • The Storm have won 20 of 24 matches at Suncorp Stadium
  • The Storm have won 19 consecutive matches in Queensland
  • The Storm have won 70% of their matches against the Raiders
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Melbourne Storm can beat Canberra Raiders in the NRL Preliminary Final (Getty Images)

The NRL Preliminary Finals kick-off on Friday night when the Melbourne Storm host the Canberra Raiders. The Storm enter the match off a week's break following their dominant victory over the Parramatta Eels, while the Raiders held off a brave Roosters side last week. Who will reach the NRL Grand Final? 

Storm Form & Team News

In what is shaping as Cameron Smith’s final season in the NRL, could the juggernaut that is the Melbourne Storm go all the way this year?

Storm overcame a slow start to dominate the Eels at Suncorp Stadium in week one of the finals. Conceding an early 12-0 lead, the Storm bounced back to their dominant best to record a strong 36-20 win on the back of a Ryan Papenhuyzen blinder.

Tom Eisenhuth replaces Chris Lewis on the bench in the only change for this week. However, with an injury cloud around star five-eight Cameron Munster, Dale Finucane may find his way into the 17.

The Storm team for Friday can be found below:

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Dale Finucane 19. Paul Momirovski 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Chris Lewis

Raiders Form & Team News

The Raiders produced a barnstorming team performance to end the Sydney Roosters' premiership run last week, led by Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Josh Papalii.

Charging to an early 16-0 lead, the Raiders were forced to fight off a brave Roosters team, eventually emerging 22-18 victors.

Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged 17 from last week's win, but Hudson Young looms as a possible chance to return from injury after being named in the number 18 jersey.

The Raiders team list for Friday can be found below:

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Tom Starling 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Hudson Young 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Sam Williams 19. Matthew Timoko 20. Ryan Sutton 21. Michael Oldfield

Storm vs Raiders Head To Head

The Storm have dominated the Raiders since the beginning of the NRL era, winning 32 of 46 head-to-head matches. The Raiders and Storm have met twice this season, with Canberra winning 22-6 in Round 3 before the Storm exacted revenge in Round 11 with a 20-14 victory.

Storm vs Raiders Betting Odds

The Storm are $1.47 to defeat the Raiders, who are at $2.75. The line has been set at -6 for the Storm ($1.90) and +6 for the Raiders ($1.90).

Storm vs Raiders Match Up

In what could very much be an entree for the Origin series, Queensland and Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster will be looking to overcome an injury and lead his side to get another grand final. 

On the other side of the field though stands arguably the most in-form player in the competition, Raiders and potential New South Wales five-eighth Jack Wighton. 

Both big, strong running halves, Munster and Wighton are two of the most exciting halves in the game. Whichever one takes control of the game could be the player to win the match.

Storm vs Raiders Key Stats

  • The Storm have won 20 of 24 matches at Suncorp Stadium.
  • The Storm have won 19 consecutive matches in Queensland.
  • The Storm have won 70% of their matches against the Raiders.
  • The Raiders have won five straight matches, scoring less than 26 points only once in those matches.

Storm vs Raiders FAQs

What time is the Storm vs Raiders match?

The Storm vs Raiders match is played at 7.50pm on Friday, October 16.

Where is the Storm vs Raiders match played?

The Storm vs Raiders match is played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

How can I live stream the Storm vs Raiders match?

Check out our live streaming hub to see how you can live stream the Storm vs Raiders match.



The Raiders have been extremely brave all season. But coming out a gut-busting match, they face a rejuvenated Storm side following their week off. The Raiders will be brave but expect the rested Storm to stamp their class.

Best Bet: Storm -6 Handicap Line @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Anytime Tryscorer: Justin Olam Anytime Tryscorer @+150 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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