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Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers Tips - Storm expected to cover

  • Preliminary Final 2 will take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday
  • The Storm and Panthers split their two meetings in the regular season
  • Winner will advance to the Grand Final
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The Storm and Panthers face off anew in the Preliminary Final. (NRL Photos via Getty Images )
A repeat of last year’s Grand Final looked to be on the cards a few weeks ago, but Penrith’s shock loss to the Bunnies in the Qualifying Round has the Panthers and Storm squaring off one week earlier.

Not only have the Storm firmed into the short-priced favourites to win the Premiership, but they’ve also been installed -8 favourites heading into Saturday’s clash at Suncorp.

Craig Bellamy’s side walked away convincing 37-10 winners over the Panthers in August, while Melbourne’s outstanding 25-5 record at Suncorp speaks for itself.

Digging a little deeper, the Storm should also feel good about their chances after annihilating Manly two weeks ago in the Qualifier.

The Storm dominated the possession count and completed 90% of their sets on the way to a commanding 28-point win – a performance Bellamy will be hoping his side can replicate against a Panthers team that managed only eight points against the Eels last week.

Casting further doubt over Penrith’s chances is the fact Viliame Kikau and Brian To’o are nursing ankle injuries, while the Storm are set to receive a big boost in the form of Josh Addo-Carr.

Verdict

There’s enough belief within Penrith’s ranks to keep this tight, but with the Storm boasting a league-best 17-7 record at the line this year, it’s hard to argue with the reigning champs.

Best Bet: Storm -9.5 Line @100 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
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