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Panthers vs Roosters Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Penrith hard to topple in qualifying final

  • Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters get the NRL finals underway
  • The sides meet on Friday at Panthers Stadium at 7.50pm AEST
  • The Panthers have won their last 15 matches
  • Only two teams have got within 12 points of the Panthers in their last 10 games
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Penrith Panthers and the Sydney Roosters meet in a qualifying final on Friday (Getty Images)

Minor premiers Penrith Panthers host the two-time defending champions Sydney Roosters in the first match of the 2020 finals series on Friday. The Panthers finished in first position on the ladder, five points clear of the Storm in second. The Roosters finished in fourth place.

Panthers Form & Team News

The minor premiers have put together one of the strongest seasons in recent memory recording 18 wins, a draw and just the one loss.

The Panthers secured their 15th straight victory last weekend dominating the Canterbury Bulldogs 42-0 and have forgotten what it is like to lose a game.

Fullback Dylan Edwards, centre Stephen Crichton and second-rower Viliame Kikau return to the starting side after being rested last week against the Bulldogs.

Daine Laurie, Matt Burton and Spencer Leniu make way for the returning players, while Tyrone May and Kurt Capewell move to the bench.

The Panthers team for Friday can be found below:

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

Roosters Form & Team News

The back-to-back premiers entered last weekend as one of the hot favourites for the competition. But after going down 60-8 to their arch-rival South Sydney Rabbitohs, it has threatened to derail the Roosters' season.

Not only has no team gone on to win the premiership after conceding 50 or more points in a game, but returning from last week's demolition against a sky high Panthers side looms as one of Trent Robinson’s most important coaching challenges.

Hooker and captain Jake Friend is out (head knock) and will be replaced by Freddy Lussick. Winger Brett Morris, centre Joey Manu, lock Isaac Liu and bench prop Lindsay Collins all return after being rested last week.

Angus Crichton moves back to the bench with Mitch Aubusson, Nat Butcher, Poasa Faamausili and Matt Ikuvalu all missing out.

The Roosters team list for Friday can be found below:

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Freddy Lussick 10. Siosiua Taukieaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 14. Lachlan Lam 15. Lindsay Collins 16. Angus Crichton 17. Sonny-Bill Williams 18. Nat Butcher 19. Mitch Aubusson 20. Poasa Faamausili 21. Matt Ikavalu

Panthers vs Roosters Head To Head

The Panthers and Roosters have been almost inseparable in 39 head-to-head matches, with the Roosters winning 20 to the Panthers 19. The last time the two sides met was in Round 1, with the Panthers recording a 20-14 victory at home.

Panthers vs Roosters Betting Odds

The Panthers are $1.77 favourites to record their 16th straight victory, with the Roosters $2.05. The line has been set at -1.5 points for Penrith.

Panthers vs Roosters Match Up

Despite playing at Origin level, Nathan Cleary is still a relatively inexperienced halfback at 22 years of age. But off a breakout season, he has stamped himself as arguably the leading half in the game.

On Friday he comes up against Roosters halfback Kyle Flanagan, who has also enjoyed a stellar season. He has never played finals football and enters new territory. 

The result of the match could depend on which player stands up the best to the pressure that will be applied this weekend.

Panthers vs Roosters Key Stats

  • The Panthers have won their last 15 matches.
  • Only two teams have got within 12 points of the Panthers in their last 10 games.
  • No team has won the NRL premiership after conceding 50 points (Roosters) in a match during the season.

Panthers vs Roosters FAQs

What time is the Panthers vs Roosters match?

The Panthers vs Roosters match is played at 7.50pm on Friday, October 2.

Where is the Panthers vs Roosters match played?

The Panthers vs Roosters match is played at the Panthers Stadium in Sydney.

How can I live stream the Panthers vs Roosters match?

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The Roosters were shocked by the Rabbitohs last weekend and a defeat like that can be extremely hard to come back from. The Panthers are playing extremely well and look extremely hard to topple.

Best Bet: Panthers To Win Match Result @-129.87 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Panthers -1.5 Handicap Line @-109.89 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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