NRL Telstra Premiership 2020 Grand Final Expert Analysis

Okay MyBookie rugby betting enthusiasts, with the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final set for Sunday, October 25, it’s time to find out whether the Melbourne Storm or Penrith Panthers will win it all! With Penrith finishing atop the NRL adder in the regular season and Melbourne finishing in second place, this year’s grand final looks like a knock-down, drag-out brawl for it all. Now, let’s find out which teams is offering the best value against their NRL odds.

Rugby Betting | NRL 2020 Grand Final Odds & Predictions

Penrith Panthers (18-1-1) Vs Melbourne Storm (16-0-4)

  • When: Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 3:30 AM
  • Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney

2020 NRL Grand Final Odds

Why Bet On The Penrith Panthers

Penrith has won a mind-boggling 17 consecutive games coming into this affair including a hard-fought 20-16 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in last weekend’s Preliminary Final. Brian To’o, Tyrone May and Dylan Edwards all scored tries in the win while Nathan Cleary went a perfect 3-for-3 on conversions and 1-for-1 on penalty goals. South Sydney put up a great effort after going into the break down 14-6, but Penrith held off the Rabbitohs furious second half comeback attempt with some fantastic defense.

Now, Viliame Kikau returns from a one-game suspension in the back row while Kurt Capewell moves to the bench and Mitch Kenny is now out of the 17.Brent Naden will start at center despite not playing in last weekend’s matchup against South Sydney while Tyrone May moves to the bench. Hooker Api Koroisau is fit for this match after injuring his shoulder last weekend. Penrith finished the regular season with 537 points scored and just 238 points allowed to finish with a league-best 299-point differential.

Why Bet On The Melbourne Storm

Melbourne smacked the Canberra Raiders around en route to their convincing 30-16 win in last weekend’s preliminary final clash. Jesse Bromwich, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Suliasi Vunivalu, Justin Olam and Dale Finucane all scored tries in the win while captain Cameron Smith went 4-for-5 on conversions and 1-for-1 on conversions. Now, five-eighth Cameron Munster (knee) and Dale Finucane (calf) are both declared good for this matchup while reserve forward Brandon Smith will suit up for the grand final after suffering a head knock last weekend.

Expert Analysis and Prediction

Melbourne is favored and they have a major reason to get this win as legendary captain Cameron Smith looks set to hang up his cleats after a mind-boggling 430 matches over the last 19 seasons. Still, for me, I like Penrith to get the win in the grand final because of their stupendous defense.

I know Melbourne will be playing in their fourth grand final in five years after losing in 2016 and 2018 and winning it all in 2017, but Penrith has been the best team in the NRL all season long and I believe the Panthers are going to find a way to get it done. I saw Penrith’s defense put South Sydney on lock-down last weekend and I expect more of the same against Melbourne in the grand final as the Panthers get the narrow win.

Pick: Penrith 22 Melbourne 20

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