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Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Strengthened Storm ready for qualifying final success

  • Melbourne Storm and Parramatta Eels clash on Saturday
  • The Qualifying Final starts at 10.50am BST at Suncorp Stadium
  • The Storm have won 19 of 23 matches at Suncorp Stadium
  • The Storm have won 18 consecutive matches in Queensland
  • The Eels have only won 8 of 18 matches at Suncorp
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Melbourne Storm should be too good for the Parramatta Eels in their Qualifying Final (Getty Images)

The Melbourne Storm host the Parramatta Eels in the second NRL qualifying final on Saturday. The Storm finished in second position on the NRL ladder off yet another fantastic season, while the Eels were third.

Melbourne Storm Form


After resting the majority of the team last weekend against the St George Illawarra Dragons, the undermanned Storm narrowly went down 30-22.

Storm had already secured second spot on the ladder before that game and could afford to make 12 changes and gives their stars a rest before the finals.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Hooker and captain Cameron Smith, halves Jahrome Hughes and Cameron Munster, wingers Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr, centres Brenko Lee and Justin Olam, prop Jesse Bromwich, second-rowers Felise Kaufusi and Kenny Bromwich and lock Nelson Asofa-Solomona all return after being rested last weekend.

Brandon Smith and Tom Eisenhuth move back to the bench alongside Tino Fa'asuamaleaui who also returns after missing last week. 

Sandow Earl, Ricky Leutele, Paul Momirovski, Isaac Lumelume, Ryley Jacks, Cooper Johns, Tui Kamikamica, Chris Lewis, Aaron Booth, Max King, Darryn Schonig and Aaron Pene all make way.

The Storm team for Saturday can be found below:

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicho Hynes 18. Darryn Schonig 19. Isaac Lumelume 20. Albert Vete 21. Ryley Jacks

Parramatta Eels Form


Seen as the competition fancies early in the season, the Eels began the year in extremely hot fashion. But they have slipped away from their best form in recent weeks.

Although they have won three of their last five games to finish third on the ladder, Parramatta have only recorded narrow wins over the Tigers, Warriors and Bulldogs in between heavy defeats to the Rabbitohs and Panthers.

Parramatta Eels Team News


Dylan Brown returns at five-eighth pushing Will Smith to the bench, Michael Jennings replaces Brad Takairangi at centre and Reagan Campbell-Gillard returns from a rest at prop.

Kane Evans reverts to the bench alongside Andrew Davey with Shaun Lane returning to the starting side. Oregon Kaufusi, George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro all drop out.

The Eels team list for Saturday can be found below:

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Will Smith 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Marata Niukore 18. Ray Stone 19. Brad Takairangi 20. Oregon Kaufusi 21. Daniel Alvaro

Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels Head To Head


The Storm have won 23 of 37 head-to-head matches over the Eels. The Eels defeated the Storm 14-0 the last time they met, however, the Storm were missing the majority of their stars that night.

Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels Betting Odds


The Storm are unbackable 1.18 favorites to defeat the Eels who are 5.00 to cause an upset. The line has been set at -13.5 for Melbourne to cover.

Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels Match Up


Reed Mahoney has enjoyed two fantastic seasons in the last two years. With a possible Origin jersey up for grabs at the end of the year, he will be looking to stamp his dominance against the Storm

He comes up against former Queensland and Australian captain Cameron Smith, who is arguably the best player to have played in the NRL. 

If the Eels are any chance of causing an upset, they will rely on their no-nonsense hooker to control the middle of the field.

Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels Key Stats


  • The Storm have won 19 of 23 matches at Suncorp Stadium.
  • The Storm have won 18 consecutive matches in Queensland.
  • The losing side has been kept to zero in the last two games between the Storm and Eels.
  • The Eels have only won 8 of 18 matches at Suncorp.

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What time is the Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels match?

The Storm vs Eels match is played at 10.50am BST on Saturday, October 3.

Where is the Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels match played?

The Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels match is played at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

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Verdict

The Storm are an extremely powerful side, and after their stars have enjoyed a freshen, it’s extremely hard to see the Eels toppling them.

Best Bet: Storm -13.5 Handicap Line @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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16 March 2021