Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters – Roosters -6 Handicap – 5th September 2020

Roosters with enough scoring power to win a tough duel at Canberra

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Australia Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters Australia
5th September 1035hrs
Rugby League – Australia – NRL
Pick Roosters -6 Handicap
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: Even Money odds taken 02:37 GMT, Thursday 3rd September

Both the Raiders and the Roosters have posted a W4 L1 record in their last five games, so there should be a good scrap between them on Saturday.

The Raiders though have built their recent run against some of the weaker opposition in the Premiership.

How will they fare as they take on one of the best around?

The Roosters are back in their free-scoring mode having tallied almost 100 points in total in their last two games.

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Canberra Raiders Preview – Can Raiders step it up?

This isn’t an easy game for the Canberra Raiders on home soil, even with a three-match winning streak going.

Their last three wins have been against the Broncos, Titans and Bulldogs who are three of the current bottom four in the ladder.

So the winning streak by the Raiders does have to be put into perspective.

But at the end of the day, they have a bit of winning mentality going, which is never a bad thing.

The bookmakers are not getting carried away with the probability of a home win here, as that is at 17/10* (odds taken 02:37 GMT, Thursday 3rd September).

The Raiders are currently W11 L5 for the season so they have been in pretty decent shape regardless.

They have been very strong in defence as well, with only the four teams above them in the standings currently boasting better defensive records.

Our betting prediction:
Roosters 1-10 Winning Margin

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(odds taken 02:37 GMT, Thursday 3rd September)


This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season, with the Raiders claiming a 24-20 win over Sydney in mid-July.

Canberra were on a three-match losing streak against Sydney before that.

Interestingly in the head to head, there have been winning streaks of three per team, alternating over the last ten meetings.

So has Canberra just sparked off a little winning run against the Roosters?


Sydney Roosters Preview – Roosters back to their best

There was an easy game for the Roosters last weekend as they were up against the Brisbane Broncos.

Sydney took a 58-12 win in that one, which followed a 38-16 success over Wests Tigers in the previous round.

It is a two-match winning streak that they are currently on in the ladder, but overall it has been another strong campaign from them.

The Roosters have moved on to a W11 L5 record, yes, the same as the Raiders.

But the difference is in the scoring department as the Roosters are easily the top-scoring team this season.

They are averaging 28 points per match, which is far superior to that of the 19 point average by the Raiders this term.

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There is little to choose between the two teams in defence, so how crucial will that extra scoring power of the Roosters be?

A Roosters -6 handicap is at even money for this contest, which does have some NRL betting appeal* (odds taken 02:37 GMT, Thursday 3rd September).

The reigning Premiers are actually on a better points-per-game average at the moment than in either of their last two seasons.

They will definitely take some stopping after having upped their game in their last couple of matches.


Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters Betting Advice

The trend with the head to head suggests that the Raiders may be able to get across the line, but we just can’t support that.

The Roosters appear to be back in the groove and getting over some injury issues as well.

So the away win has to be on the radar in this one and the even-money quote on the Roosters -6 has appeal* (odds taken 02:37 GMT, Thursday 3rd September).


Key Facts – Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters Betting Tip

  • Canberra Raiders beat the Roosters in July
  • Canberra Raiders and the Roosters are both W4 L1 in their last five games
  • Sydney Roosters have tallied 98 points in their last two matches


The Raiders are not a pushover as the Roosters found out just back in July, but Sydney will be out for revenge over them.

Their scoring just looks to be untouchable at the moment, having scored 96 points in total in their last two matches.

They kind of power should be enough to see them just squeeze past the Raiders in what is set to be an epic contest.


The best betting odds for Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters

Canberra Raiders to win: 12/1 at Bet365
Draw: 13/5 at Bet365
Sydney Roosters to win: 10/11 at Bet365