Suncorp Stadium will play host to Saturday's NRL game between Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers. The game kicks off at 4:00 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: Saturday September 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Where: Suncorp Stadium
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Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers Odds
Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers Preview
A repeat of last year’s Grand Final looked to be on the cards a few weeks ago, but Penrith’s shock loss to the Bunnies in the Qualifying Round has the Panthers and Storm squaring off one week earlier.
Not only have the Storm firmed into the short-priced favourites to win the Premiership, but they’ve also been installed -8 favourites heading into Saturday’s clash at Suncorp.
Craig Bellamy’s side walked away convincing 37-10 winners over the Panthers in August, while Melbourne’s outstanding 25-5 record at Suncorp speaks for itself.
Digging a little deeper, the Storm should also feel good about their chances after annihilating Manly two weeks ago in the Qualifier.
The Storm dominated the possession count and completed 90% of their sets on the way to a commanding 28-point win – a performance Bellamy will be hoping his side can replicate against a Panthers team that managed only eight points against the Eels last week.
Casting further doubt over Penrith’s chances is the fact Viliame Kikau and Brian To’o are nursing ankle injuries, while the Storm are set to receive a big boost in the form of Josh Addo-Carr.
There’s enough belief within Penrith’s ranks to keep this tight, but with the Storm boasting a league-best 17-7 record at the line this year, it’s hard to argue with the reigning champs.
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Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers Teams
Storm team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 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. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Aaron Pene 19. Tom Eisenhuth 20. Chris Lewis 21. Isaac Lumelume
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Stephen Crichton 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brent Naden 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. Liam Martin 18. Izack Tago 19. Spencer Leniu 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Brian To’o