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Penrith Panthers vs Melbourne Storm Betting

NRL Round 22 Betting: Melbourne Storm Vs Penrith Panthers – Saturday 6th of August 2011

Saturday night will start off with the table topping Storm hosting the Panthers who are sitting one spot out of the top 8. There is not much hope for the Panthers as their season is travelling one way (backwards) and the Storm the other.

The Storm managed a miraculous comeback against the Eels on Monday night at Parramatta stadium. Down 18 nil with about 25 to go all hope was lost for the Storm. But they stuck in there and the Eels fell of their horse. The Storm piled on 22 unanswered points to get up 22-18.

The Panthers let go of a first half lead (12-6) to be spanked by the Cowboys in the second stanza 24-6 (end result 30-18). Back Rower Lewis was knocked unconscious as he sacrificed his body to post points late in the first half. Without him they looked like they “imploded” as spoken by coach Georgallis.

HAHA!… Just had a look at the previous matches that the Storm and Panthers have played against each other. This is how the last 10 looks for the Storm; LLWWWWWWWW. Humorous indeed. The most recent of these was round 6 this year, in front of a Panthers home crowd. The Storm got up (Obviously) 25-10.

Casualties

Storm

Chase Stanley

Gareth Widdop

Jake Hawkens

Luke Kelly

Matt Duffie

Mitchel Johnson

Rory Kostjasyn

Sika Manu

Todd Lowrie

Troy Thompson

Panthers

Lachlan Coote

Michael Gordon

Sandor Earl

Timana Tahu

Travis Burns

Storm Preview – WWWWW (9 in a row!)

The Storm has won 9 in a row. This is absolutely astonishing, but can they carry this all the way to the finals? When a team travels this well throughout the regular season it can sometimes be hard to continue the streak all the way through to the Grand final.

Look at the Dragons from 2009, they were going gun-ho until the just before the finals when the fell off the rails and lost in successive weeks in the finals to be kicked out of the competition. Another example is the New England Patriots in the NFL 2007-2008 season; The Patriots had won every preceding match throughout the entire season, and then got done in the Super Bowl by the Giants who travelled through the finals as underdog’s week in week out.

The Storm have only lost 3 all year, and 2 of these were at home. This means that their home record is not as good as their away record.

Having a look at the injury list for the Storm it’s hard to believe that they still have a stronger team than the Panthers, but when you weigh them up the Storm are stronger.

Panthers Preview – WLWLL

The Panthers have lost their grip on the top 8 and are now 2 wins behind the 7th and 8th placed Knights and Panthers. They will need to win 4 of their next 5 to be in with a shot. They will also need to fix up their for and against as they are currently 20 in the red.

So how can the Panthers get over the Storm here? Anything can happen in a game of football, that’s how. Now I know that doesn’t give Panther’s fans much hope, it’s not supposed to. The last time the Storm lost was Round 10, and that was against the Raiders who were at the bottom of the ladder at that stage. So yes the Panthers can theoretically win, but you would be barking mad to tip them.

Prediction

The massive injury list would not bother Bellamy or the rest of the team too much. Sure there is some good talent that will be missing, but as long as the big 3 are fighting fit the Storm are alright.

Best Bets

The Storm are rightfully paying short at $1.17 for the H2H win…. very short indeed. The Bookies have stretched the line out to 14.5, this is huge, and huge margins usually favour the underdog. I recommend betting on Panthers with the 14.5 line for $1.92