Grandstand's NRL stats analyst Tim Gore has crunched the numbers to determine the form sides ahead of the first week of the finals series.

The Rabbitohs need to overcome a poor record against the Melbourne Storm to win the opening game of the finals at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

Day two of the finals brings a double-header at the Sydney Football Stadium with Tim anticipating two cracking matches.

He weighs up whether the momentum of the Cowboys will be too much for the Sharks and if the finals experience of the Sea Eagles will give them the edge over the Roosters.

In the second elimination final the Knights aim to continue the dream of sending veteran hooker Danny Buderus out with a premiership when they take on the Bulldogs.

See the full analysis of all four games of week one of the NRL finals and the grid featuring the performance all 16 NRL teams in 2013 :