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  • Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm predictions for Thursday’s NRL game
  • Parramatta Eels have lost 5 of their last 6 games against Melbourne Storm
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Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm Tips


Parramatta took advantage of a number of injuries to the Broncos in Round One. The Eels beat an understrength Melbourne at Bankwest Stadium last season but the Storm should be too good here.

Ryan Papenhuyzen scored twice in Round One and has scored four tries in his last four games against the Eels.

  • Parramatta Eels have lost 5 of their last 6 games against Melbourne Storm.
  • Melbourne Storm have won by 12 or more points in 4 of their last 5 games against Parramatta Eels.
  • Melbourne Storm have won 16 of their last 18 games.
  • Melbourne Storm’s Ryan Papenhuyzen has scored 6 tries in his last 4 games.
  • Melbourne Storm’s Ryan Papenhuyzen has scored 4 tries in his last 4 games against Parramatta Eels.

Head to Head


Melbourne Storm have a 24-14 advantage against Parramatta Eels in 38 games. 

The Storm have won five of the last six encounters including a 36-24 victory in the qualifying final last season.

Parramatta Eels Form


Parramatta Eels finished with a 15-5 record last season. They lost 36-24 to Melbourne Storm in the qualifying final and 38-24 against South Sydney Rabbitohs in the semi-finals.

Their 2021 campaign got off to a rough start against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium. They trailed 16-0 at half time, but wit Brisbane players falling to injury, they regrouped in a 24-16 win after scoring four unanswered second half tries.

Reed Mahoney, Clinton Gutherson, Blake Ferguson and Junior Paulo all crossed the line. Forwards Reagan Campbell-Gillard (118 metres from 12 hit-ups) and Isaiah Papali'i (180 metres from 15 hit-ups) laid the foundation for the come back.

Parramatta completed 73% of their sets (33/45), made 15 errors and conceded just 1 penalty. 

Parramatta Eels Team News


Marata Niukore is available after suspension and Ray Stone could feature after overcoming a knee injury.

Bryce Cartwright (broken jaw) and Michael Oldfield (knee) are expected back between rounds 4-6.

Michael Jennings is suspended indefinitely after a possible performance-enhancing drugs violation.

Parramatta Eels Predicted Line Up


1. Clinton Gutherson
2. Maika Sivo 
3. Tom Opacic 
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

Interchange

14. Oregon Kaufusi 
15. Isaiah Papali’i 
16. Keegan Hipgrave 
17. Will Smith

Reserves

18. Haze Dunster 
19. Joey Lussick 
20. Jordan Rankin 
21. David Hollis

Melbourne Storm Form


Melbourne Storm won the NRL premiership last season, defeating Penrith Panthers 26-20 in the Grand Final.

Craig Bellamy's side got the new campaign off to a winning start. The Storm beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 26-18 at AAMI Park after racing to a 22-0 lead.

Cameron Munster, Justin Olam and Ryan Papenhuyzen (2) scored in the opening 30 minutes to lay the platform. Papenhuyzen was impressive, running for 174 metres in a standout individual performance.

Melbourne completed 78% of their sets (32/41), made 11 errors and conceded just 2 penalties.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Melbourne’s Brenko Lee (hamstring) could be available but Harry Grant (knee) is out for a few more weeks. Brandon Smith will continue to start at hooker.

Dale Finucane (calf) is expected back in round 5 with Max King (achilles) out for around two months.

Melbourne Storm Predicted Line Up


1. Ryan Papenhuyzen
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. Felise Kaufusi 
12. Kenneath Bromwich 
13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

Interchange

14. Chris Lewis
15. Tui Kamikamica
16. Tom Eisenhuth
17. Nicholas Hynes

Reserves 

18. Darryn Schonig
19. Cooper Johns 
20. Trent Loiero 
21. Tyson Smoothy

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Where is Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm being played?

The Round 2 clash is being played at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney on Thursday, March 18.

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Verdict

Parramatta Eels took advantage of a Brisbane Broncos injury crisis to overturn a 16-0 deficit in Round One. Melbourne will prove a tougher test and with Ryan Papenhuyzen in sensational form, the Storm are backed to win in Sydney.

Best Bet: Melbourne Storm Win Winner @-200.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units

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