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Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm Predictions & Tips - Panthers to gain Grand Final revenge

  • Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm predictions for Thursday's NRL Round 3 match
  • The match is being played at Panthers Stadium (9.05am GMT)
  • Melbourne Storm beat Penrith Panthers 26-20 in the 2020 NRL Grand Final
  • Panthers are tipped to gain revenge and extend winning run at home
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm clashes in the 2020 NRL Grand Final (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 25 Mar 2021
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Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm Predictions


While Melbourne Storm have a dominant record over the Penrith Panthers, including winning last year's Grand Final, they are tipped for defeat. The Panthers defence has been rock solid in the opening two games, not giving up a single point, and they can gain Grand Final revenge.

  • Penrith Panthers have won 22 of their last 25 matches.
  • Penrith Panthers have won their last 10 matches at Panthers Stadium.
  • Penrith Panthers have conceded 0 points in 2 wins from 2 matches this season.
  • Penrith have kept their opponents to 16 points or less in 22 of their last 26 matches. 
  • Melbourne Storm defeated Penrith Panthers 26-20 in last year's NRL Grand Final.
  • Melbourne Storm lost 16-12 away to Parramatta Eels last week.

Head to Head


Melbourne Storm have dominated Penrith Panthers in recent times, winning 19 of the last 22 matches between the sides. That includes a 26-20 victory in last year’s Grand Final between the top two ranked sides. 

Storm have enjoyed success at Panthers Stadium too, winning six of the last seven visits. The most recent, however, was back in 2015. 

Penrith Panthers Form


Last year's minor premiers Penrith are unbeaten in two games and are yet to concede a single point in the 2021 season.

The Panthers produced a 24-0 shut-out win over a very poor performing North Queensland Cowboys side in Round 1. 

Penrith repeated the feat when defeating Canterbury Bulldogs 28-0 last weekend in Round 2 in another eye-catching performance.

They have tasted defeat just twice since the start of the 2020 season, and are on a 10-game club record winning run at home.

Penrith Panthers Team News


Nathan Cleary won't play in the grand final rematch after a high shot from Bulldogs winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. Young gun Matt Burton will play halfback in Cleary's absence.

Api Koroisau remains out with a broken wrist, so Mitch Kenny retains his place.

Penrith Panthers Team List


1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Matt Burton 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Liam Martin

Melbourne Storm Form


Melbourne Storm began the defence of their premiership with a 26-18 victory over South Sydney Rabbitohs at home in the opening game of the season.

They raced into a 22-0 lead in that win and were too good despite a second-half comeback from Souths.

Storm weren't able to dominate early in the same way against Parramatta Eels last week as they slipped to a 16-12 defeat.

Level at half-time and again with four minutes to play, the Eels scored a 76th minute winning try through Maika Sivo. 

Melbourne Storm Team News


Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen has been ruled out of Thursday night's grand final rematch at Penrith after copping a knock last week. Nicho Hynes is the replacement for Papenhuyzen.

Melbourne Storm will be without Felise Kaufusi with the back rower sitting this one out through suspension.

Tom Eisenhuth starts in his place, and Aaron Pene and Nicho Hynes have been added to the bench. Tyson Smoothy drops to the reserves.

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Nicholas Hynes 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. Tom Eisenhuth 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Aaron Pene 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Cooper Johns

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Verdict

Penrith Panthers have an exceptional record at home and can make that count against a Melbourne Storm side they have previously struggled against. The Panthers are yet to concede a point this season and that mean defence can help them to victory.

Best Bet: Panthers Win Match Result @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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