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Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels Tips


Melbourne should be too good for the Eels and make it 20 straight wins. This could be closer than the odds suggest however, Parramatta backed with the 22.5 point start.

  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 19 games.
  • Melbourne Storm have won by an average of 13 points in their last 5 games.
  • Parramatta Eels have won 2 of their last 3 games against Melbourne Storm.
  • Parramatta Eels have lost 4 of their last 5 games.

Head to Head


Melbourne Storm have a 24-15 advantage against Parramatta Eels.

Melbourne have won five of the last seven encounters.

Melbourne Storm Form


Melbourne are on fire after winning their last 19 games. The Storm have a very strong squad and justifiably sit top of the NRL ladder.

Craig Bellamy's side beat Gold Coast Titans 34-20 last week. They trailed 16-12 at half time before scoring four tries to cruise to the finish line.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Jahrome Hughes (concussion), Justin Olam and Brandon Smith have all been named to return. 

Ryan Papenhuyzen starts at full back which sees Nicho Hynes and Harry Grant move to the bench.

George Jennings (knee) is out and replaced on the wing by Dean Ieremia.

Tui Kamikamica (calf) is in the reserves and could be a late inclusion.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona (hamstring) and Dale Finucane (concussion) are due back next week.

Melbourne Storm Line Up


1. Ryan Papenhuyzen
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. Kenny Bromwich
13. Chris Lewis

Interchange

14. Harry Grant
15. Aaron Pene
16. Tom Eisenhuth
17. Nicho Hynes

Reserves 

18. Tui Kamikamica
21. Marion Seve

Parramatta Eels Form


Parramatta’s season appears to be unravelling with a top four spot unlikely. 

Brad Arthur’s side recently lost four straight games including 12-10 against Canberrra, 28-0 against Sydney Roosters, 40-12 against South Sydney and 56-10 against Manly.

The Eels got back in the winners’ circle with a 32-16 win against North Queensland last week.

Parramatta Eels Team News


Maika Sivo (knee) is out for the season with Blake Ferguson his replacement on the wing.

Will Smith and Oregon Kaufusi have been left out with Ray Stone and Keegan Hipgrave coming onto the bench.

Tom Opacic (ribs) is due back next week with Reagan Campbell-Gillard (groin) and Ryan Matterson (suspension) due back in the finals.

Reed Mahoney (shoulder) is out for the season.

Parramatta Eels Line Up


1. Clint Gutherson
2. Haze Dunster
3. Will Penisini
4. Waqa Blake
5. Blake Ferguson
6. Dylan Brown
7. Mitchell Moses
8. Isaiah Papali'i
9. Joey Lussick
10. Junior Paulo
11. Shaun Lane
12. Marata Niukore
13. Nathan Brown

Interchange

14. Ray Stone
15. Bryce Cartwright
16. Makahesi Makatoa
17. Keegan Hipgrave

Reserves

18. Will Smith
19. Oregon Kaufusi

Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels FAQs

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What time does Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels start?

The Round 24 clash is being played in Brisbane at 7.35pm AEST on Saturday, August 28.

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Verdict

Melbourne are the benchmark in the NRL and deserved favourites to go all the way. 

The Storm should have little difficulty beating the Eels, but the handicap is huge and I am taking Parramatta with the 22.5 point start.

Best Bet: Parramatta Eels +22.5 Handicap $1.90 at Winnersbet - 3 Units

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