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Cowboys vs Panthers Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Panthers to wrap up minor premiership

  • North Queensland Cowboys host Penrith Panthers on Friday
  • The game kicks off at 6.00pm AEST at Queensland Country Bank Stadium
  • The Panthers can wrap up the minor premiership 
  • Penrith are bidding for a 14th straight victory
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Penrith Panthers and the North Queensland Cowboys meet on Friday night (Getty Images)

Penrith Panthers can wrap up the minor premiership with victory over North Queensland Cowboys at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Friday. The Panthers have won 13 games in a row and one more win would guarantee top spot.

Cowboys Form & Team News

The Cowboys have won one of their last 11 games to sit in 14th spot on the ladder with a 4-14 record for the season.

Having ended a nine-game losing streak with a Golden Point win over St George Illawarra Dragons, it was a short-lived recovery as the Cowboys went down 36-20 to Melbourne Storm last weekend.

Josh McGuire is suspended for North Queensland, as is Josh Asiata. Jason Taumalolo is a change to make his return having been named among the emerencies. Corey Jenson starts at prop with Francis Molo shifting to lock. Ben Condon is on the bench and set for his debut.

The Cowboys team for Friday is below: 

1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Murray Taulagi 4. Esan Marsters 5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Corey Jensen 9. Reuben Cotter 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Francis Molo 14. Daejarn Asi 15. Emry Pere 16. Tom Gilbert 17. Ben Condon 18. Jason Taumalolo 19. Jake Granville 20. Peter Hola 21. Ben Hampton.

Panthers Form & Team News

Penrith are on the verge of the minor premiership after reaching the penultimate round of the season with a 16-1-1 record. Three points clear of the Storm, they can get across the line with a week to spare if landing a 14th straight victory.

The Panthers continued their club record run of wins with a 13th straight victory last week as they ran out comfortable of 20-2 winners over the fourth-placed Eels with Parramatta kept try-less.

Api Koroisau, James Tamou and Zane Tetevano are given a rest ahead of the finals. Mitch Kenny starts at hooker, Moses Leota comes in at prop and Jack Hetherington and Kurt Capewell join the bench.

The Panthers team for Friday is below: 

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Kurt Capewell 17. Jack Hetherington 18. Dean Whare 19. Billy Burns 20. Matt Burton 21. Charlie Staines.

Cowboys vs Panthers Head to Head

The Cowboys have won 9 of the last 13 matches against the Panthers. It was Penrith who took the points from the most recent clash, however, when winning 22-10 in Round 10 earlier this season.

Cowboys vs Panthers Odds

North Queensland Cowboys are $5.50 outsiders with Penrith Panthers $1.15 favourites to continue their winning run. The line has been set at -13.5 points for the Panthers.

Cowboys vs Panthers Stats

  • North Queensland Cowboys have won 1 of their last 11 matches.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have conceded at least 22 points in 9 of their last 11 matches. 
  • Penrith Panthers have won their last 13 matches.
  • Penrith Panthers have won by 13+ points in 6 of their last 7 wins.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have won 9 of the last 13 matches against Penrith Panthers.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have covered the line in the last 3 matches against Penrith Panthers.
  • Six of the last 8 matches between the Cowboys and Panthers have had 41 points or less.

Cowboys vs Panthers FAQs

What time is the Cowboys vs Panthers match?

The Cowboys vs Panthers match will begin at 6.00pm on Friday, September 18.

Where is the Cowboys vs Panthers match played?

The Cowboys vs Panthers match is played at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.

How can I live stream the Cowboys vs Panthers match?

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The minor premiership should be Penrith's, and the Panthers can do it in style with a big win against a Cowboys side which has been leaking points.

Best Bet: Panthers by 13+ Winning Margin @-114.94 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Panthers To Win Both Halves @+100 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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