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Cronulla Sharks vs Penrith Panthers Predictions & Tips - Upset on the cards in the NRL
- Cronulla Sharks vs Penrith Panthers predictions for Friday’s NRL game
- The Round 14 clash is being played at 10.55am BST at Kogarah Oval
- Cronulla have won their last 2 games
- I am backing the Sharks to upset the Panthers
- Preview, stats & team news
Cronulla take on Penrith in the NRL on Friday (Getty Images)
Cronulla Sharks vs Penrith Panthers Predictions
Penrith Panthers are resting their star players who played in State of Origin. The value is with Cronulla and the game to go under 42.5 total points.
- Cronulla Sharks have won their last 2 games.
- Cronulla Sharks have conceded 22 total points in their last 2 games.
- Penrith Panthers lost 26-6 in their last game.
- Penrith Panthers have seen under 34.5 total points in their last 2 games.
Head to Head
Cronulla Sharks have a 56-47 advantage against Penrith Panthers with three draws in 106 games.
Cronulla Sharks Form
Cronulla recently lost six straight games, defeated 40-14 by Melbourne and 48-0 by Penrith in that run.
The Sharks got back to winning ways with a 13-12 victory against an injury and suspension ravaged Dragons side. Chad Townsend’s field goal in extra time clinched it.
Josh Hannay’s side kept the momentum going with a 38-10 win against Gold Coast Titans. Ronaldo Mulitalo scored twice in his return to the side.
Cronulla Sharks Injuries & Team News
There are no changes to the starting side that beat Gold Coast. Josh Hannay sticks with Matt Moylan and Shaun Johnson in the halves.
Teig Wilton has been named in the reserves after completing his suspension.
Andrew Fifita returns to the side in place of Franklin Pele.
Sione Katoa (knee) is expected to return next week Braden Hamlin-Uele (ankle) also close to a return.
Cronulla Sharks Line Up
1. Will Kennedy
2. Connor Tracey
3. Will Chambers
4. Jesse Ramien
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Matt Moylan
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Aiden Tolman
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Aaron Woods
11. Briton Nikora
12. Wade Graham
13. Toby Rudolf
14. Braydon Trindall
15. Siosifa Talakai
16. Jack Williams
17. Andrew Fifita
18. Teig Wilton
20. Franklin Pele
Penrith Panthers Form
Penrith sit top of the ladder after winning 12 of their opening 13 games in 2021. They have conceded just 114 points, easily the best defence in the NRL.
Ivan Cleary’s side recorded four big wins in May. They beat Cronulla 48-0, Gold Coast 48-12, South Sydney 56-12 and Canterbury 30-4.
The Panthers suffered their first defeat of the season last week, losing 26-6 against West Tigers at Leichardt. It came without seven players who were called up for State of Origin.
Penrith Panthers Injuries & Team News
Origin reps Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Isaah Yeo, Brian To'o and Kurt Capewell are all being rested.
Blues 18th man Api Koroisau is in the starting side, replacing Mitch Kenny who goes to the bench.
Prop Moses Leota's return from suspension sees Spencer Leniu revert to the bench.
Liam Martin is on the reserves list with Brent Naden.
Penrith Panthers Line Up
1. Dylan Edwards
2. Charlie Staines
3. Stephen Crichton
4. Paul Momirovski
5. Robert Jennings
6. Matt Burton
7. Tyrone May
8. Moses Leota
9. Api Koroisau
10. James Fisher-Harris
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Scott Sorensen
13. Matt Eisenhuth
14. Mitch Kenny
15. J'maine Hopgood
16. Spencer Leniu
17. Izack Tago
20. Liam Martin
26. Brent Naden
I am backing Cronulla to upset Penrith who are missing a lot of their star players. The Panthers saw 32 total points in their last game with this one set to go under 42.5 points.
Best Bet: Cronulla Sharks +6.5 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Under 42.5 Total Points @165.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Cronulla Sharks Win Winner @220.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit