A place in the preliminary finals is on the line when Melbourne and Parramatta square off on Saturday night at Suncorp.
Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels free NRL tips, predictions and preview – Melbourne have won their last 18 games in Queensland…
Storm vs Eels Tips
Storm vs Eels Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday October 3
⏰ Time: 7.50pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
Storm vs Eels 2020 Form (last five matches)
- R16: Storm 30-6 Sea Eagles
- R17: Rabbitohs 16-22 Storm
- R18: Storm 36-20 Cowboys
- R19: Storm 50-22 Tigers
- R20: Dragons 30-22 Storm
- R16: Eels 0-38 Rabbitohs
- R17: Warriors 18-24 Eels
- R18: Panthers 20-2 Eels
- R19: Eels 26-12 Broncos
- R20: Tigers 24-28 Eels
Storm vs Eels Head to Head (last five matches)
Storm have won four of their last five encounters.
- 20/8/20: Eels 14-0 Storm
- 21/9/19: Storm 32-0 Eels
- 11/5/19: Storm 64-10 Eels
- 17/8/18: Storm 20-4 Eels
- 9/9/17: Storm 18-16 Eels
Storm vs Eels Preview and Prediction
Melbourne are strong favourites to earn a week off and a spot in the preliminary finals when they come up against Parramatta on Saturday night.
It’s been another sensational and disciplined regular season for Melbourne, who once again enter another finals series as one of the leading contenders for the premiership.
The Storm won’t be concerned about a last-start loss to the Dragons after resting basically all of their best players – nor will they be worried about their defeat to the Eels back in Round 15 when they were miss various big-name players to injury.
The calvary all return for this clash and Craig Bellamy will have his side for another big finals performance.
Meanwhile, the Eels have been slumping for the better part of the last two months, and although they’ve steadied the ship somewhat in winning their last two games, they were far from convincing in those victories over the Broncos and Tigers.
Parramatta haven’t scored a try in their last two meetings against top eight opposition, going down 20-2 to Penrith and 38-0 to South Sydney, with their last win against a top eight side coming against the Storm back in Round 15 – and as mentioned, Melbourne were far from full strength.
The Eels have gone from looking like genuine premiership contenders to a fringe top eight side at best over the last couple of months and it will be an enormous task for them to turn things around now.
Melbourne have won four of their last five meetings and their last 18 straight in Queensland – expect Bellamy to guide his side into another preliminary final on Saturday night.
Storm vs Eels Teams
All the big guns are back for Melbourne, including Cameron Smith, Cameron Munster, Jahrome Hughes, Suliasi Vunivalu, Josh Addo-Carr and the Bromwich Brothers, while the Eels welcome back five-eighth Dylan Brown from an ankle injury.
Storm team: 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. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Darryn Schonig 19. Isaac Lumelume 20. Albert Vete 21. Ryley Jacks
Eels team: 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
Storm vs Parramatta Stats
- Storm have won four of the last five meetings
- Storm have won 18 straight games in Queensland
- Eels haven’t score a try in their last two games vs top eight sides
- Eels conceded a combined 58 points in those two games
- The away team has been held to nil in the last two games between these sides
- The last four games between these teams have been decided by a 13+ margin
Storm vs Parramatta Best Bet