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28 Sep 2022
Conrad Castleton 28 Sep 2022
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  • Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels predictions for Sunday’s NRL Grand Final
  • The 2022 NRL Grand Final takes place at Accor Stadium (09:30 BST)
  • Penrith beat the Eels 27-6 in the Qualifying Final 
  • Can the Panthers go back-to-back and win another Grand Final?
  • Preview, tips, stats & team lists
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Penrith Panthers are back to win the Grand Final against the Parramatta Eels (Getty Images)

Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels Tips


The Panthers were 21-point winners over the Eels in the Qualifying Final and the reigning premiers are tipped to go back-to-back in the NRL Grand Final.
  • Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels Tips
  • Head to Head
  • Penrith Panthers Form
  • Penrith Panthers Team News
  • Penrith Panthers Team List
  • Parramatta Eels Form
  • Parramatta Eels Team News
  • Parramatta Eels Team List
  • Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels FAQs

The margin of the Qualifying Final win perhaps flattered Penrith, but they are still value to cover a -8.5 line and join an elite club of teams to win successive Grand Finals.

  • Penrith Panthers have won 22 their 26 games this season.
  • Penrith Panthers defeated Parramatta Eels 27-6 in the Qualifying Final.
  • Eight of the last 11 Grand Finals have topped 38.5 points.
  • Parramatta Eels have lost their last 2 Grand Final appearances.

Head to Head


Parramatta have a 60-45 advantage against Penrith the with 1 draw in 106 games.

The Eels won both matches during the regular season, but the Panthers gained revenge with a 27-6 victory in the Qualifying Final.

Penrith Panthers Form


The Panthers ended the season in mixed form, but the absence of Nathan Cleary was a big contributing factor.

Cleary has been the man to drive Penrith to victories over Parramatta Eels 27-8 in the Qualifying Final and South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12 in the Preliminary Final.

Penrith are featuring in their third straight Grand Final and that experience could prove the difference for Ivan Cleary's side.

Penrith Panthers Team News


Taylan May has failed to recover from a hamstring injury suffered in the win over the Eels and misses out on the Grand Final.

Charlie Staines retains his place on the wing, while Spencer Leniu is named but will have to pass a HIA test to play.

Penrith Panthers Team List


1. Dylan Edwards
2. Charlie Staines
3. Izack Tago
4. Stephen Crichton
5. Brian To'o
6. Jarome Luai
7. Nathan Cleary
8. Moses Leota
9. Api Koroisau 
10. James Fisher-Harris
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Liam Martin
13. Isaah Yeo

Interchange: 

14. Mitch Kenny 
15. Scott Sorensen
16. Spencer Leniu
17. Jaeman Salmon

Reserves:

18. Sean O'Sullivan 
19. Matt Eisenhuth 
20. J'maine Hopgood 
21. Sunia Turuva
22. Chris Smith 

Parramatta Eels Form


Parramatta ended the season in flying form to finish in fourth spot on the ladder, only to then lose 27-6 to Penrith Panthers in the Qualifying Final.

The Eels have bounced back with two wins over Canberra Raiders and North Queensland Cowboys to reach the Grand Final.

Parramatta thumped the Raiders 40-4 in the Semi Final and ground out a hard-fought 24-20 victory over the Cowboys last week in Townsville to keep their dreams alive.

Parramatta Eels Team News


Nathan Brown is named on the interchange for his first appearance since Round 17.

Bryce Cartwright is the unlucky man as he drops to the reserves where he is named alongside Tom Opacic, who is returning from injury.

Parramatta Eels Team List


1. Clint Gutherson
2. Maika Sivo
3. Will Penisini
4. Bailey Simonsson
5. Waqa Blake
6. Dylan Brown
7. Mitchell Moses
8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Junior Paulo
11. Shaun Lane
12. Isaiah Papali'i
13. Ryan Matterson

Interchange:

14. Nathan Brown 
15. Jake Arthur 
16. Oregon Kaufusi 
17. Marata Niukore

Reserves:

18. Bryce Cartwright 
19. Makahesi Makatoa
20. Tom Opacic
21. Ofahiki Ogden
22. Ky Rodwell

Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels FAQs

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What time does the NRL Grand Final start?

The NRL Grand Final is being played at Accor Stadium at 19:30 AEST.

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Verdict

Penrith haven't be fluent in the NRL Finals yet, but they put away the Eels by 21 points and Rabbitohs by 20 points. I'm backing the reigning champions to be crowned premiers once again by covering the line. Grand Finals don't tend to be high-scoring affairs, so back the unders.

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