Suncorp Stadium will play host to Sunday's Round 20 NRL game between Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers. The game kicks off at 7:35 pm with Melbourne Storm heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Melbourne Storm vs. Penrith Panthers game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Sunday August 1, 2021 at 7:35 pm
Where: Suncorp Stadium
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The second Grand Final rematch of the season is scheduled for Saturday night, and if it’s anything like the last one, we’re in for a treat.
The Panthers have lost only two games during the course of the season and come in riding an impressive four-game winning streak that includes recent victories over top eight sides like the Roosters and Eels.
Perhaps more impressively, the Storm sit atop the ladder on points differential after surviving a late scare last week against the Cowboys to extend their winning streak to a whopping 15 games.
Typically, this is the kind of contest where you’d find almost even money on offer, but the injury to Nathan Cleary has left the Storm as the odds-on favourites – not that that will worry Penrith, mind you.
Cleary was missing when the Panthers won 12-10 over Melbourne back in Round 3, a game that was dominated by Brian T’oo and a huge defensive performance by Mitch Kenny.
It’s fair to say Melbourne have gotten a lot stronger since then though, while the added possibility of Isaah Yeo’s absence also has to be factored in.
The Storm will be eager to put last week’s turnover woes behind them, so expect a much more clinical performance from the current premiership favourites.
Considering the Storm are also playing at Suncorp – a venue where they’ve won 23 of their last 27 games – you have to side with Melbourne to make a statement.
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Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers Teams
Storm team: 1. Nicholas Hynes 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aaron Pene 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen 18. Tom Eisenhuth 19. Harry Grant 20. Jordan Grant 21. Isaac Lumelume
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Brent Naden 5. Robert Jennings 6. Matt Burton 7. Jarome Luai 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. Liam Martin 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Matthew Eisenhuth 14. Izack Tago 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. J’maine Hopgood 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Jaeman Salmon 20. Lindsay Smith 22. Kurt Falls