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Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights Predictions & Tips - Storm to record 14th straight win

  • Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights tips for Saturday's NRL Round 18 match
  • The match is being played at Cbus Super Stadium (10.35am BST)
  • Storm have won the last 9 matches against the Knights
  • Melbourne are tipped to cover and make it 14 straight victories
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Melbourne Storm have won 13 in a row (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 16 Jul 2021
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Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights Predictions


Melbourne Storm are winning games comprehensively and that shouldn't change against the Knights. The Storm are tipped to cover the -19.5 handicap and a win of more than 34 points is a value option.

  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 13 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm have scored at least 40 points in 10 of their last 13 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 2 matches by 50 and 46 point margins
  • Melbourne Storm have won the last 9 matches against Newcastle Knights.
  • Melbourne Storm have covered the handicap in 6 of their last 7 matches against Newcastle Knights.

Head-to-Head


Melbourne Storm have won the last nine matches against Newcastle Knights. Such has been the longevity of their dominance, they have also won 18 of the last 21 clashes.

Melbourne Storm Form


The Melbourne Storm juggernaut has now notched up 13 straight wins despite suffering from injury problems throughout that period.

Craig Bellamy's side have passed 40 points in 10 of the 13 wins and have been the NRL's dominant force of recent months.

They handed out a 66-16 demolition to the Wests Tigers two games ago, before thumping the Sydney Roosters 46-0 when last seen two weeks ago.

Fresh from the bye, Storm are out to maintain top spot on the ladder.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Origin stars Josh Addo-Carr and Christian Welch were originally named to back up, but they will now be rested this weekend.

Dean Ieremia comes in for Addo-Carr on the wing and Tui Kamikamica starts at prop.

Cameron Munster, Dale Finucane and Felise Kaufusi all remain set to play after their Origin exploits.

Ryan Papenhuyzen and Harry Grant are not rushed back into action despite closing in on a return.

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 19. Dean Ieremia 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aaron Booth 16. Chris Lewis 17. Aaron Pene 21. Trent Loiero 18. Isaac Lumelume 22. Jordan Grant

Newcastle Knights Form


Newcastle Knights have improved of late, recording back-to-back wins for the first time since the opening two rounds of the season.

Adam O'Brien’s side won 10-6 in a slog fest against the New Zealand Warriors three weeks ago. 

They then thumped the North Queensland Cowboys 36-0 in a one-sided affair prior to last week's bye.

The successive victories took their record to 7-9 for the season and moved the Knights to within a win of the top eight.

Newcastle Knights Team News


Mitchell Pearce is a late out for the Knights after suffering a hamstring injury. Phoenix Crossland comes into the halfback role.

Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann are set to back up from Origin duties, while Daniel Saifiti has been named despite missing Game 3 through injury.

Newcastle Knights Team List


1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Kurt Mann 4. Enari Tuala 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 22. Phoenix Crossland 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Connor Watson 15. David Klemmer 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Jack Johns 19. Simi Sasagi 20. Tex Hoy 21. Jirah Momoisea

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Verdict

There's no stopping the Storm at present. Even a Knights side with confidence boosted by two straight wins will be no match.

Best Bet: Storm -19.5 Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Storm -34.5 Alternative Handicap @375.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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