Andrew Johns, Brad Fitler and nine experts picked their winners

Manley is in a nightmare race, losing four of their last five games as well as their biggest star, who will miss the rest of the season.

Yet it’s not the form of the team or the absence of Tom Trobozevic that has Andrew Johns worried for the Sea Eagles when they play Storm on Thursday night.

No, it combines three factors that make it almost impossible for an opponent to lose a storm.

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“I have a theory,” Johns told Brad Fitler for the Wide World of Sports. Tips from Freddie and VIII.

“You play Melbourne at home and it’s wet and at night, Melbourne wins. So for me Melbourne wins and wins well.”

Fitler also mentioned the storm, although he took a more systematic approach, listing the returning Melbourne stars in contrast to Trobozevic’s absence.

Although Storm are heavy favorites, they have lost their last two games by a wide margin in rare rough patches.

What was presented as the initial showdown of the small Premiership saw the Storm Panthers lose 32-6 before committing suicide in stunning fashion near Cowboys 36-6 on Saturday.

Craig Bellamy’s side have been weakened since then but if Storm fails to turn things around with a win statement against Manley, their Premiership credentials for this season will still face their most serious questions.

Scroll down for the current leaderboard and round 12 tips from Johns, Brad Fitler and all the expert tipsters from Nine!

Andrew Johns: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Knight, Rabbit, Shark, Dragon, Rider

Brad Fitler: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Nights, Rabbit, Rooster, Dragon, Rider

Jonathan Thurston: Storm, Cowboy, Broncos, Warrior, Tiger, Shark, Dragon Rider

Paul Galen: Storm, Panther, Titan, Knight, Rabbit, Shark, Dragon, Eagle

Peter Saltis: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Nights, Rabbit, Rooster, Dragon, Rider

Allana Ferguson: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Night, Rabbit, Shark, Bulldog, Eagle

Billy Slater: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Night, Rabbit, Shark, Bulldog, Eagle

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Ruan Sims: Storm, Panthers, Broncos, Warriors, Tigers, Roasters, Dragons, Eagles

Michael Chamas: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Warrior, Rabbit, Rooster, Dragon, Eagle

Dave Middleton: Storm, Panthers, Broncos, Knights, Rabitohs, Roosters, Dragons, Ile

Darren Locker: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Knight, Rabbit, Shark, Bulldog, Rider

Matt Thompson: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Knights, South, Shark, Dragon, Eagle

Mole: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Warrior, Rabbit, Shark, Dragon, Eagle

Ben Glover: Storm, Panther, Broncos, Knight, Rabbit, Shark, Dragon, Eagle

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