Parramatta Eels and Melbourne Storm will both be aiming to make it two wins from two to start the season when they square off in Round 2 action on Thursday night.
Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Storm have won five of the last six meetings between the teams…
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Eels vs Storm Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Thursday March 18
⏰ Time: 8.05pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Bankwest Stadium
Eels vs Storm Head to Head (last five matches)
- 3/10/20: Storm 36-24 Eels
- 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
Eels vs Storm Preview and Prediction
These two teams registered deeply contrasting victories to launch their respective NRL 2021 seasons in the opening round last weekend.
Reigning premiers Melbourne exploded out of the blocks early before toppling South Sydney 26-18 in a statement Round 1 performance, while the Eels were forced to recover from 16-0 down to edge the Broncos 24-16 up at Suncorp.
The Storm produced the best half of football out of any team in Round 1 during the opening stanza against the Rabbitohs, with Cameron Munster and Ryan Papenhuyzen particularly influential.
Papenhuyzen landed himself a double and will fancy his chances of crossing the line again when he comes up against the Eels after scoring a try in seven of his last eight games with Melbourne as favourite.
Additionally, Papenhuyzen has scored six tries in his last four games and four tries from as many games against the Eels, so expect the flying fullback to make his presence known once more on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, the Eels simply cannot afford to give Melbourne the same head-start they game Brisbane last week if they want to emerge triumphant.
Parramatta were flat early against last year’s wooden spooners and the Storm will wipe the floor with them if afforded the same opportunity.
The Eels made 15 errors against Brisbane and will need to cut that figure down to single figures if they want to cause the upset.
After missing out on a try last week, expect Maika Sivo to be highly involved against Melbourne – he’s scored at least one try in seven of his last nine matches at Bankwest.
Overall, you can’t bet against Melbourne after last week’s display. They were clinical and never really looked in danger against arguably the second-best team in the NRL last week.
Parramatta were erratic last week, so I’m expecting the Storm to be far too classy and make it two wins from two to begin their premiership defence.
Eels vs Storm Teams
Only one change for the Eels as Marata Niukore returns from suspension in place of Keegan Hipgrave, while the Storm have named the same 17 that did the job against Souths.
Eels team: 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 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Will Smith 17. Marata Niukore 18. Keegan Hipgrave 19. Haze Dunster 20. Ray Stone 21. Joey Lussick
Storm team: 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 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Chris Lewis 18. Nicholas Hynes 19. Darryn Schonig 20. Cooper Johns 21. Dean Ieremia
Eels vs Storm Stats
- Melbourne have won five of the last six meetings between the teams
- Seven of Melbourne’s last eight matches have gone over the total points line
- Melbourne have won their last 14 games as favourite
- Ryan Papenhuyzen. Has scored at least one try in seven of his last eight games with Melbourne as favourite
- Papenhuyzen has scored six tries in his last four games
- Papenhuyzen has scored four tries in his last four games vs Parramatta
- Maika Sivo has scored at least one try in seven of his last nine games at Bankwest
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