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Panthers vs Tigers Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Wests to push leaders Penrith
- Penrith Panthers take on Wests Tigers on Saturday
- The Panthers are bidding for an 11th straight win
- Wests have dropped out of the top eight after 1 win in their last 5 matches
- The Panthers have won 6 of the last 7 matches between the two sides
Wests Tigers and the Penrith Panthers meet on Saturday (Getty Images)
Penrith Panthers host the Wests Tigers in NRL Round 16 on Saturday night at Panthers Stadium. The Panthers are the form team of the competition at the top of the ladder, while the Tigers' season has been lost before their eyes after a torrid month of football.
Panthers Form & Team News
With a relatively easy run home, the Panthers look to have all but sewn up the 2020 minor premiership.
They are airborne having won 10 straight games, the latest of which was a 38-12 win over Cronulla Sharks last week, and look set to add to that run against the Tigers
Viliame Kikau (suspended) and Api Koroisau (calf) are out for Penrith, causing a reshuffle in the forward pack. Mitch Kenny starts at hooker, Billy Burns is onto the bench, James Fisher-Harris moves to lock and Isaah Yeo to second-row.
Brain To’o returns onto the wing and Brent Naden shifts to his preferred centre role, forcing Tyrone May to the bench.
The Panthers team for Saturday can be found below:
1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To'o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. Moses Leota 11. Issah Yeo 12. Liam Martin 13. James Fisher-Harris 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Billy Burns 17. Zane Tetevano 18. Daine Laurie 19. Kurt Capewell 20. Matt Burton 21. Pat Hollis
Tigers Form & Team News
It has been a horror month for the West Tigers, one in which they have lost four of their last five matches.
After going down 38-16 to the Sydney Roosters last weekend, they find themselves stuck in ninth position on the ladder and are four points out of the top eight.
Star hooker Harry Grant returns from a knee injury, forcing Jacob Liddle to the bench with Josh Reynolds dropped to the reserves.
Alex Twal starts at lock pushing Matt Eisenhuth to the bench alongside the recalled Shawne Blore. Tom Mikaele starts at prop for the dropped Russell Packer.
The Tigers team list for Saturday can be found below:
1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joey Leilua 4. Moses Mbye 5. Tommy Talau 6. Luke Brooks 7. Benji Marshall 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Thomas Mikaele 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal 14. Matt Eisenhuth 15. Elijah Taylor 16. Jacob Liddle 17. Shawn Blore 18. Chris Lawrence 19. Sam McIntyre 20. Josh Reynold 21. Asu Kepoea
Panthers vs Tigers Head To Head
The Panthers hold a strong head-to-head record over the Tigers, winning 22 of 35 matches.
The Panthers came away 19-12 victors last time the two sides met in Round 8 this season.
Panthers vs Tigers Betting Odds
The Panthers are unsurprisingly heavy odds on at $1.21 with Wests the $4.50 outsiders. The line has been set at +11.5 points for the Tigers.
Panthers vs Tigers Match Up
Nathan Cleary is currently enjoying a season to remember, with the young halfback taking his game to another level in 2020. In career best form, he is the general of the Panthers side. Although the loss of Api Koroisau will be felt, Cleary has the touch to overcome that.
On the other side of the field, Cleary faces the seasoned veteran in Benji Marshall. Making his 320th career appearance on Saturday, he may not be the quick-stepping kid who stamped himself as a teenage superstar, but he has evolved his game over time. With the return of Harry Grant likely to free Marshall up, he will be essential behind any chance of the Tigers salvaging their season.
Panthers vs Tigers Key Stats
- The Panthers are bidding for a record 11th straight win.
- The Panthers have won 6 of the last 7 matches between the two sides.
- The Tigers haven’t won at Panthers Stadium since 2013.
Panthers vs Tigers FAQs
Where is the Panthers vs Tigers game played?
The Panthers vs Tigers game is played at the Panthers Stadium in Sydney.
When is the Panthers vs Tigers game played?
The Panthers vs Tigers game is played at 7.35pm on Saturday, August 29.
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Although the Tigers' season has disintegrated before their eyes, it is little coincidence that Harry Grant was missing during this time. The Panthers have lost their star second-rower and hooker Viliame Kikau and Api Koroisau, while the Tigers are boosted by the return of Grant. They will be hungry to bounce back and can cover the line.
Best Bet: Wests Tigers +11.5 Handicap Line @2.00 at Neds - 2 Units