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Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm clash in the game of the round (Getty Images)
Bets.com.au Staff 31 Jul 2021
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Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers Tips


Last year's Grand Finalist meet on neutral ground in a potential minor premiership decider. 

The Storm lost by two points to the Panthers in Round 3, but expect the reigning premiers to take advantage of Penrith's injury problems and cover the line.

  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 15 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm have scored at least 40 points or more in 11 of their last 15 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 11 matches at Suncorp Stadium.
  • Melbourne Storm have won 19 of the last 23 matches against Penrith Panthers.
  • Penrith Panthers have won their last 4 matches.

Head-to-Head


Melbourne Storm have enjoyed playing the Penrith Panthers in recent times, winning 19 of the last 23 matches between the sides. 

That includes a 26-20 victory in last year’s Grand Final between the top two ranked sides. 

The Panthers did win the first meeting this season, coming out on top 12-10 in a tight contest in Round 3. 

Melbourne Storm Form


The Storm equalled a club record 15 successive wins with a 20-16 victory over North Queensland Cowboys last weekend.

Craig Bellamy's had been dominating sides, but need to hold off a late charge from the Cowboys in Townsville to preserve their winning run.

Prior to the four-point victory, Storm had ran in big wins over Wests Tigers 66-16, Sydney Roosters 46-0 and Newcastle Knights 48-4.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Ryan Papenhuyzen has to make do with a place on the bench again with Nicho Hynes retaining the full-back role.

Harry Grant returns from a hamstring injury after being added to the interchange bench in a late change by the Storm.

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Nicho Hynes, 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. Dale Finucane, 16. Chris Lewis, 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 19. Harry Grant, 20. Jordan Grant, 21. Isaac Lumelume, 22. Tepai Moeroa

Penrith Panthers Form 


The Panthers lost top spot when suffered two straight losses last month, but since have reeled off four wins in a row.

They Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors to get back on track.

Ivan Cleary's side remain in second spot on points differential only after a hard-fought 18-12 victory over Brisbane Broncos last weekend.

Penrith Panthers Team News 


Penrith make a number of changes with more injury problems to add to the loss of Nathan Cleary.

Brian To'o is ruled out for six weeks after foot surgery, while Tyrone May is out with a knee injury.

Matt Burton will start at five-eighth in place of May and Brent Naden comes into the centres.

Robert Jennings has got the nod on the wing as To'o's replacement.

Penrith Panthers Team List 


1. Dylan Edwards, 2. Charlie Staines, 3. Stephen Crichton, 4. Brent Naden, 5. Robert Jennings, 6. Matt Burton, 7. Jarome Luai, 8. Moses Leota, 9. Mitch Kenny, 10. Liam Martin, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Kurt Capewell, 13. Matt Eisenhuth, 14. Izack Tago, 15. Scott Sorensen, 16. Spencer Leniu, 17. J'maine Hopgood, 18. Paul Momirovski, 19. Jaeman Salmon

Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers FAQs

Where can I watch the Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers live stream?

Our live streaming calendar shows you where to watch the Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers live stream.

What time does Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers kick off?

The match is being played at Suncorp Stadium at 4.05pm AEDT on Sunday,  August 1.

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Verdict

The Panthers are hit by injuries and that has turned this coin-flip game into the Storm's to lose. Melbourne are tipped to make it 16 wins in a row and win. 

A 20-point handicap should be within reach against the weakened Penrith outfit.

Best Bet: Storm -20.5 Handicap @-109.89 at Palmerbet - 3 Units

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