|Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm NRL Betting Odds and Game Info|
|NRL betting odds||Panthers $1.90 at Sportsbet | Storm $1.95 at BetOnline|
|When||Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8:05pm AEDT|
|Where||Panthers Stadium – Penrith, New South Wales|
|Last time they met||Panthers 20-26 Storm (2020 NRL Grand Final)|
|Watch live||Nine, Fox League, Kayo|
Panthers vs Storm betting preview
The Penrith Panthers‘ preparation for this clash was always going to be difficult because of the five-day turnaround from round two, but just to make life harder the city of Penrith has been evacuated due to rising flood waters. Just how much training they can get on the field to do could have quite an impact on their performance in the 2020 NRL Grand Final rematch.
The Melbourne Storm lost in round two but have had a much smoother preparation, flying on a charter jet home to Victoria immediately after their Thursday night game with Parramatta. They will be without Felise Kaufusi due to suspension and won’t have Dale Finucane or Harry Grant available for selection, but they should be the outright favourite come kickoff given the concussion concerns surrounding Penrith star Nathan Cleary.
Key matchup: Matt Burton vs Jahrome Hughes
Matt Burton has been at the forefront of controversial contract negotiations, but he will be Nathan Cleary’s replacement if the star halfback is ruled out with concussion. His reputation seems to be growing because of his absence from playing first grade on a regular basis, but he will get a fantastic chance to justify the hype on Thursday evening. Jahrome Hughes was below his best last week inside Melbourne’s attacking 20 and left too much on the plate of Cameron Munster, so the Panthers should feel confident if they can create time for Burton and keep a close eye on Hughes. If Cleary somehow passes concussion protocol, then Penrith will start as favourites, but this storyline is certainly one to keep an eye on.
Penrith Panthers betting info
The head-to-head odds at most NRL betting sites are about level, but that will change if it is confirmed that Nathan Cleary will sit out. We may not know until one hour before kick off if he is actually playing or not, especially given how quiet the Panthers were about Api Koroisau’s hand injury in the lead up to round two, so it may be a case of holding fire until there is official confirmation. It was in the corresponding fixture last year that Stephen Crichton announced himself as a star, and we think he will have a big say on proceedings, so get him in your multis as a tryscorer option.
- Dylan Edwards
- Charlie Staines
- Paul Momirovski
- Stephen Crichton
- Brian To’o
- Jarome Luai
- Nathan Cleary
- Moses Leota
- Mitch Kenny
- James Fisher-Harris
- Viliame Kikau
- Kurt Capewell
- Isaah Yeo
- Tyrone May
- Spencer Leniu
- Matt Eisenhuth
- Liam Martin
Melbourne Storm betting info
If you think Nathan Cleary is going to be ruled out, then you’d better get on the Storm quickly because they won’t be $1.95 for long. It’s a bit of an educated swing for the fences, but there’s just no conceivable way they remain underdogs if Matt Burton replaces Cleary. They were disappointing against Parramatta last week but would have had this clash circled in the calendar, hence why they got a charter flight home following round two. The Melbourne 1-12 win at $3 is terrific value, and it might be the night to get back on the Ryan Papenhuyzen tryscoring bandwagon to follow up his Clive Churchill Medal performance in last year’s granny.
- Ryan Papenhuyzen
- George Jennings
- Reimis Smith
- Justin Olam
- Josh Addo-Carr
- Cameron Munster
- Jarome Hughes
- Jesse Bromwich
- Brandon Smith
- Christian Welch
- Tom Eisenhuth
- Kenneath Bromwich
- Nelson Asofa-Solomona
- Aaron Pene
- Tui Kamikamica
- Chris Lewis
- Nicho Hynes
Panthers vs Storm betting prediction
We love the Storm at that 1-12 price purely on the basis that Nathan Cleary doesn’t feature. Matt Burton is a fine young player, but the Panthers lose a lot without their starting halfback and the Storm rarely lose two in a row, especially early in the season.
Melbourne Storm by 1-12 points
Panthers vs Storm same game multi
The Storm by 1-12 points with Josh Addo-Carr and Stephen Crichton to score at anytime gets you a healthy $16.50 return at Sportsbet.com.au.
Storm 1-12 / Addo-Carr anytime / Crichton anytime
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