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TAB Betting Blog: Storm to bounce back vs. Souths in NRL

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Here are TAB.com.au's best betting options for the upcoming weekend of sporting action.

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NRL Round 4 - Melbourne vs. Souths (Friday 7:55pm AEST)

Melbourne ($1.37) can get back to winning ways when they host Souths ($3.10) at AAMI Park.

The Storm were comprehensively beaten by Canberra last week and that is something you have not been often able to say about Melbourne for more than a decade.

In my opinion, this is the perfect game for them to bounce back in.

Melbourne has their best winning strike rate against Souths, capturing seven wins in their past eight encounters but if you dig even further, that success rate is a whopping 83.9 percent thanks to 26 wins in 31 games.

Souths have some work to do in their defence as their loss to the Sydney Roosters highlighted. Through the opening three rounds, they have conceded more than 22 points per game on average.

Adding to the task of scoring the upset is the fact they have dropped four straight away games.

I simply cannot see Craig Bellamy's side dropping back-to-back games at AAMI Park because it has only happened three times in club history.

For mine, Melbourne are a banker for the weekend and if you want a bit of value, go for the Storm to win by 13 points or more.

Tip: Melbourne to defeat Souths by 13 points or more at $2.50

UFC 250 - Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer (Around 2:15pm AEST on Sunday)

UFC fans around the world will have their eyes locked on to every television screen or viewing device they can get a hold of this Sunday to watch UFC 250.

It is a stacked card from top to bottom, however, if early money is anything to go by, TAB punters are paying particular attention to the Main Event. Two-division UFC world champion Amanda Nunes is an overwhelming $1.13 favourite to defend her featherweight title against Felicia Spencer, who is currently a $6 chance at TAB.

Nunes, who also holds the women's bantamweight title, has been the subject of several bets including a $50,000 wager for her to successfully defend her belt at odds of $1.15. As a result of the hefty outlay, TAB traders shortened her price from $1.15 into $1.13.

Spencer has an incredibly tough assignment on her hands. No woman has been able to stop Nunes since 2015. Her last defeat was at UFC 178 going down to Cat Zingano via TKO but since that loss, Nunes has won 10 straight fights.

Nunes should be far too good for her Canadian opponent.

Tip: Nunes to defeat Spencer by knockout at $1.45