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Penrith Panthers vs Sydney Roosters Predictions & Tips - Panthers to get back to winning ways in the NRL

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  • The Round 15 clash is being played at 10.55am BST at Panthers Stadium
  • Penrith have won by 18+ points in their last 4 home games
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Penrith have won 3 of their last 4 games against Sydney Roosters (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 18 Jun 2021
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Penrith Panthers vs Sydney Roosters Predictions


The Panthers get their star players back and will be fired up at home. The Roosters haven’t won three in a row all season and are unlikely to make that happen in Penrith.

  • Penrith Panthers have won their last 13 home games.
  • Penrith Panthers have won by 18+ points in their last 4 home games.
  • Penrith Panthers have won 12 of their last 14 games.
  • Penrith Panthers have won 3 of their last 4 games against Sydney Roosters.
  • Sydney Roosters have conceded 84 points in their last 3 games.

Head to Head


Sydney Roosters have a 60-38 advantage against Penrith Panthers with three draws in 99 games. 

Penrith won both encounters last season, 20-14 in Round 1 and 29-28 in the qualifying final.

Penrith Panthers Form


Penrith won their opening 12 games of the season. They regularly demolished teams in that run including beating Manly 46-6, Cronulla 48-0, Gold Coast 48-12, South Sydney 56-12 and Canterbury 30-4.

Ivan Cleary’s side suffered before and after the first State of Origin which robbed them of their top players. 

The Panthers suffered a 26-6 defeat against West Tigers at Leichardt before a 19-18 loss against Cronulla where they came back from 18-0 down.

Penrith Panthers Injuries & Team News


All of Penrith’s Origin players have been named to return including Nathan Cleary (cheek).

Matt Burton has moves back into the centres with Tyrone May dropped.

Viliame Kikau (ankle) has been ruled out with Liam Martin starting in the second-row.

Rookie Izack Tago retains his place on the bench and will play his third NRL game.

Penrith Panthers Line Up


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

Interchange

14. Mitch Kenny
15. Scott Sorensen
16. Matt Eisenhuth
17. Izack Tago

Reserves

18. Spencer Leniu
21. Brent Naden

Sydney Roosters Form


Sydney Roosters have been inconsistent this season, failing to win three straight games. They have struggles to get any momentum going with players retiring and getting injured.

Trent Robinson’s side recently suffered a shock 34-16 defeat to Brisbane at the SCG.

The Roosters bounced back with a 44-16 win against Canberra on the Central Coast. They won 35-34 against Gold Coast last week thanks to a late Matt Ikuvalu try and Sam Walker field goal.

Sydney Roosters Injuries & Team News


James Tedesco (hip) returns at fullback which means Joseph Manu moves to the centres and Joseph Suaalii drops out. 

Sio Siua Taukeiaho is back in the side at prop with Ben Marschke (suspension) out for two weeks.  

Sam Walker (shoulder) is out with Adam Keighran switching to five-eighth and Lachlan Lam to half-back. Sam Verrills (eye) comes into the starting side at hooker.

Sitili Tupouniua is out with Egan Butcher starting in the second row.

Sydney Roosters Line Up


1. James Tedesco
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Josh Morris
4. Joseph Manu
5. Matt Ikuvalu
9. Adam Keighran
6. Lachlan Lam
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
14. Sam Verrills
10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho
11. Angus Crichton
15. Egan Butcher
13. Isaac Liu

Interchange

16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita
17. Fletcher Baker
18. Tuku Hau Tapuha
19. Ben Thomas

Reserves

20. Billy Smith
21. Joseph Suaalii

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Verdict

I am backing Penrith to get back to their best at home with all their star players returning. The Panthers can cover the -8 point start.

Best Bet: Penrith Panthers -8 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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