NRL Grand Final Prediction, Odds and Preview

The 2019 NRL Grand Final will take place on Sunday where the defending premiers Sydney Roosters take on the Canberra Raiders.

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SYDNEY ROOSTERS V CANBERRA RAIDERS GRAND FINAL PREDICTION

SUNDAY – OCTOBER 6 – 7:30 PM AEST

The 2019 NRL Finals series comes to a close this Sunday when defending Premiers Sydney Roosters take on Canberra Raiders in the 2019 NRL Grand Final.

NRL Grand Final betting is firmly suggesting that the Roosters will become the first team since the Broncos in 1992-93 to win back-to-back titles, however the NRL Grand Final odds for Canberra aren’t exactly long either. The Raiders have been defensively brilliant this year, while still retaining some of their explosive attack that has helped them win several tight games. The NRL in the past decade has seen a number of droughts broken; Souths 43 year drought, The Cowboys first ever title and the Sharks first Premiership after 50 years of existence.

Sydney Roosters
The Roosters have backed up their 2018 title with another Grand Final appearance in 2019, where they are favourites to win. If they do succeed, it’ll be the first time they’ve won back-to-back Premierships since 1974-75.

The Roosters came into season 2019 as a red hot favourite for the title after claiming the 2018 Premiership but after a hiccup in Round 1, they won their next 8 straight games, before the Origin period reduced them to just 2 wins from 7 games. After the mid-season slump, the Roosters crowed back into life, winning 7 straight games, several producing huge scores, before a last round loss.

They then won in Week 1 of the finals against old foes Souths, who the Roosters had played twice in the regular season and lost both times against. This time they strolled to a 30-6 win, earning a week off. Last weekend they played a rematch of last years Grand Final against the Storm. An early blow up saw both sides reduced to 12 players, however it was the Roosters who lead 8-0 at halftime, before going on to win 14-6.

Sydney Roosters results 2019
Round 1 – LOST v Souths 16-26
Round 2 – WON v Manly 26-18
Round 3 – WON v Parramatta 32-18
Round 4 – WON v Brisbane 36-4
Round 5 – WON v Cronulla 30-16
Round 6 – WON v Melbourne 21-20
Round 7 – WON v St.George-Illawarra 20-10
Round 8 – WON v Wests Tigers 42-12
Round 9 – WON v Canberra 30-24

Round 10 – LOST v Brisbane 10-15
Round 11 – LOST v Newcastle 12-38
Round 12 – BYE
Round 13 – LOST v Penrith 10-19
Round 14 – WON v Canterbury 38-12
Round 15 – LOST v Melbourne 12-14
Round 16 – WON v Wests Tigers 24-16
Round 17 – LOST v North Queensland 12-15
Round 18 – WON v Newcastle 48-10
Round 19 – WON v Canterbury 20-12
Round 20 – WON v Gold Coast 58-6
Round 21 – WON v Canberra 22-18
Round 22 – WON v Warriors 42-6
Round 23 – WON v St.George-Illawarra 34-12
Round 24 – WON v Penrith 22-6

Round 25 – LOST v Souths 10-16
Qualifying Final – WON v Souths 30-6
Preliminary Final – WON v Melbourne 14-6

Roosters Line-up
1 – James Tedesco
2 – Daniel Tupou
3 – Latrell Mitchell
4 – Joseph Manu
5 – Brett Morris
6 – Luke Keary
7 – Cooper Cronk
8 – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9 – Sam Verrills
10 – Isaac Liu
11 – Boyd Cordner
12 – Mitchell Aubusson
13 – Victor Radley
14 – Angus Crichton
15 – Zane Tetevano
16 – Nat Butcher
17 – SioSiua Taukeiaho
Extended Bench: 18 – Lindsay Collins, 19 – Drew Hutchison, 20 – Jake Friend, 21 – Ryan Hall.

Milestones: Cooper Cronk needs to score 5 points to reach 50 for his club.
Boyd Cordner needs 6 points to reach 200 for his club and career.

Canberra Raiders
The Canberra Raiders have made it to their first Grand Final since their last Premiership way back in 1994. Their Grand Final and Premiership drought is the second longest of all current teams, shorter than only Parramatta’s.

In previous seasons, the Canberra side had been known as an outfit that could rack up plenty of points on a good day, while also being one that would consistently struggle to win tight contests. However in 2019, they became a defensively powerful unit, perfecting the new stripping rule better than any other side. They never fell below fifth place on the ladder and on three occasions, kept their opposition scoreless.

The Raiders repeated their Round 22 heroics against the Storm, where they came from 18 points down to win just before fulltime down in Melbourne, again in the first week of the finals, where they scored a try on fulltime to snatch a 2 point victory again in Melbourne, to earn themselves a week off.

Last weekend they came up against a patchy Souths outfit and after a tough first half, the Raiders held a slender 6-0 lead. The second half saw both sides play more expansive football, however it was the Green Machine who proved to be too strong, winning by 6 points to advance to their first decider in 25 years.

Canberra Raiders results 2019
Round 1 – WON v Gold Coast 21-0
Round 2 – LOST v Melbourne 10-22
Round 3 – WON v Newcastle 17-10
Round 4 – WON v North Queensland 30-12
Round 5 – WON v Parramatta 19-0
Round 6 – WON v Brisbane 26-22

Round 7 – LOST v Manly 20-24
Round 8 – WON v Penrith 30-12
Round 9 – LOST v Sydney 24-30
Round 10 – LOST v Souths 12-16
Round 11 – LOST v North Queensland 16-22
Round 12 – WON v Canterbury 12-10
Round 13 – WON v Wests Tigers 28-0
Round 14 – WON v Cronulla 22-20

Round 15 – LOST v Parramatta 16-22
Round 16 – BYE
Round 17 – WON v St.George-Illawarra 36-14
Round 18 – WON v Wests Tigers 20-12
Round 19 – WON v Penrith 30-18
Round 20 – WON v Warriors 46-12

Round 21 – LOST v Sydney 18-22
Round 22 – WON v Melbourne 22-18
Round 23 – LOST v Manly 14-18
Round 24 – WON v Cronulla 15-14
Round 25 – LOST v Warriors 20-24
Qualifying Final – WON v Melbourne 12-10
Preliminary Final – WON v Souths 16-10

Raiders Line-up
1 – Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2 – Nick Cotric
3 – Jarrod Croker
4 – Joseph Leilua
5 – Jordan Rapana
6 – Jack Wighton
7 – Aidan Sezer
8 – Josh Papalii
9 – Josh Hodgson
10 – Iosia Soliola
11 – John Bateman
12 – Elliott Whitehead
13 – Joseph Tapine
14 – Bailey Simonsson
15 – Emre Guler
16 – Corey Horsburgh
17 – Dunamis Lui
Extended Bench: 18 – Sam Williams, 19 – Ryan Sutton, 20 – Siliva Havili, 21 – Sebastian Kris.

Milestones: Jarrod Croker needs to score 8 points to reach 2000 for his club and career.
Jordan Rapana needs to score 4 points to reach 300 for his career.
Iosia Soliola will play his 200th NRL career game.
John Bateman needs to score 4 points to reach 100 for his club and NRL career.
Joseph Tapine will play his 100th career game.

All markets for the NRL Grand Final can be found here. Aside from picking the winner, there are also markets for first try scorer, the Clive Churchill Medal winner, whether the game will go into extra time and much much more!

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