2019 NRL – Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Saturday 21st September, 10:50

Where is Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels taking place? AAMI Park

What channel is Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels on?
UK – Sky Sports Action
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels?
UK – Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels?
Melbourne Storm – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500021

Parramatta Eels – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500031

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STORM

Head Coach: Craig Bellamy

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Vunivalu, Chambers, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Asofa-Solomona, F. Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: B. Smith, Kamikamica, King, Stimson – Reserves: Scott, Faasuamaleaui, Eisenhuth, Croft

Unavailable: Christian Welch

  • Melbourne suffered a shock defeat to make their path to the Grand Final a tricky one as a late Canberra try sealed their fate last week and now they must overcome Parramatta to set up a preliminary final with Sydney Roosters.

  • There could be a recall for Brodie Croft in the halves after the Storm only managed to score one try against the Raiders but if he is to feature, he will have to receive a late promotion to the side after he was named among the reserves.

  • Head coach Craig Bellamy has decided to name the same 17 as last week in his initial side but may opt to make some late changes as he attempts to guide his side to the preliminary finals for the fifth consecutive season.

PARRAMATTA EELS

Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Starting 13: Gutherson, Sivo, M. Jennings, Blake, Ferguson, D. Brown, Moses, Evans, Mahoney, Paulo, Lane, Ma’u, N. Brown – Interchanges: Takairangi, Alvaro, Moeroa, Niukore – Reserves: Stone, Salmon, Terepo, Hoffman

Unavailable:

  • Parramatta secured the largest ever margin of victory in an NRL finals game as they demolished Brisbane 58-0 at Bankwest Stadium and will be full of confidence as they travel to Melbourne.

  • Kane Evans will return from a one-match ban for the Eels and despite last week’s superb performance, head coach Brad Arthur has opted to name the front rower in his 17 with Ray Stone the unfortunate man to make way.

  • Daniel Alvaro will revert to the bench after he started in Evans’ absence last week and he will hope to repeat last week’s effort with him making a superb 220m which was the most of any player in the game.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne will need to respond quickly if they want to avoid a surprise exit from the NRL finals with the minor premiers failing to win their qualifying final. They now host a Parramatta side that were rampant in victory last week but defence will be key here. If that is to be the case, Parramatta’s big win may not actually be the ideal preparation with their defence set to be tested a lot more severely this week and whilst they can stay in the game, the Storm should have too much at AAMI Park.

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