Okay BetUS sportsbook betting faithful, it’s the Penrith Panthers vs the Melbourne Storm in the 2020 Telstra Premiership Grand Final. We’ve got all the NRL Grand Final betting picks for online rugby betting.
The league-leading Panthers will look to take down the favored Melbourne Storm when they brawl for it all on Sunday, October 25, live from ANZ Stadium in Sydney. With the top two teams going all-out for the season-ending victory, let’s find out which team is offering the best sports betting value against their online betting rugby odds.
Penrith Panthers Vs Melbourne Storm Spread & ATS Pick
What: Penrith Panthers (18-1-1) vs Melbourne Storm (16-0-4)
When: Sunday at 3:30 a.m.
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Moneyline: Penrith +125/Melbourne -142
Why Bet The Penrith Panthers
There are a lot of good reasons to back Penrith in the 2020 NRL Grand Finals. First, the Panthers hit the championship game absolutely on fire. Penrith has won an insane 17 straight games dating back to the regular season. They hit the finals fresh off a hard-fought 20-16 triumph over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Saturday’s Preliminary Final.
Dylan Edwards, Brian To’o and Tyrone May all scored solo tries in the victory while Nathan Cleary went 3-for-3 on conversions and 1-for-1 on penalty goals.
The Rabbitohs put up a big-time fight in the second half after going into the break down 14-6. But Penrith ramped up their defensive effort to deny the Rabbitohs the upset and secure the win.
Now, heading into Sunday’s Grand Finals, the Panthers will get Viliame Kikau back from a one-game suspension on the back row. Kurt Capewell moves to the bench and Mitch Kenny is now out of the starting 17.
Brent Naden will start at center. He did not suit up for last weekend’s preliminary finals affair against South Sydney. Meanwhile, Tyrone May moves to the bench. Hooker Api Koroisau has been cleared for this clash after injuring his shoulder on Saturday. The Panthers finished the regular season with 537 points scored. They just allowed 238 points to finish with a league-high 299-point scoring differential.
Why Bet The Melbourne Storm
The defending champion Storm come into the grand final fresh off a commanding 30-16 smackdown win over Canberra in Friday’s preliminary finals showdown.
Ryan Papenhuyzen, Jesse Bromwich, Suliasi Vunivalu, Justin Olam, and Dale Finucane all scored one try in the win over the Raiders while beloved team captain Cameron Smith went 4-for-5 on conversions and 1-for-1 on conversions. Now, the Storm will have five-eighth Cameron Munster (knee) and lock, Dale Finucane (calf) on the field for this season-ending affair. Both players were cleared for this clash. Meanwhile, backup forward Brandon Smith will be available for the grand final after suffering a head knock last weekend.
NRL Grand Final Betting Picks by an Expert
Melbourne is favored to win this huge matchup. The Storm will be going all-out to send legendary captain Cameron Smith out with a victory. Smith is expected to retire following this championship showdown.
Smith will go down in the record books as one of the greatest to ever suit up in the NRL. He’s played in 430 matches over the last 19 seasons. However, I don’t think the Storm have what it takes to get past a Penrith squad. They have been the top team in the league all season long.
Melbourne has plenty of postseason and championship experience as they get ready for their fourth grand final in five years. But, I love Penrith’s defense. I believe we’re going to see the Panthers at their very best after they took their foot off the gas pedal against the Rabbitohs in last weekend’s preliminary finals.
Still, I loved the way Penrith rose up to meet South Sydney’s second-half challenge. I believe the Panthers are going to make life difficult for Cameron Smith and the rest of the Melbourne Storm to claim the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final!
Final Score Prediction
My final score prediction is Penrith 22 Melbourne 20