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Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers Preview & Betting Tips - Can Parra continue their reign at the top?

  • The match of NRL Round 5 sees the Eels take on the Panthers
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Michael Jennings is in career best form for the Eels (Getty Images)

Eels vs Panthers Betting Tips & Match Preview

The NRL match of the Round 5 is this Friday as Parramatta hosts Penrith at Bankwest Stadium.

Both teams enter round five without a loss to their names and could end the fifth round of the 2020 NRL season as the premiership favourites following Friday night.

Eels Form & Team News

The Eels continue to lead the league after four strong matches to kick off the 2020 NRL season. Last week's nail-biting win over the Sea Eagles may have come with a slice of good fortune, but for a team that has been down on its luck for the last decade, it was a welcome change of pace.

Nathan Brown returns at lock, bumping Marata Niukore to the bench. Ray Stone joins the interchange with Brad Takairangi and Oregon Kaufusi dropping out. The Eels are aiming for their first 5-0 start since 1986.

The Eels team for Friday can be found below:

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Ray Stone 15. Marata Niukore 16. Kane Evans 17. Peni Terepo 18. Brad Takairangi 19. Oregon Kaufusi 20. George Jennings 21. Will Smith

Penrith Form & Team News

Penrith are undefeated to start season 2020 and are in tremendous form following a powerful 28 point win over the New Zealand Warriors in round four. 

The good news continues for the Panthers heading into Friday, Nathan Cleary's return in the halves means Matt Burton moves back to the bench, with Mitch Kenny out of the 17. Panthers captain James Tamou will play his 250th NRL game. 

The Panthers team for Friday can be found below:

1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Matt Burton 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Moses Leota 17. Liam Martin 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Billy Burns 20. Jack Hetherington 21. Dylan Edwards

Eels vs Panthers Head to Head

The Eels vs Panthers head to head record has been incredibly even over the years. The Panthers hold the slight advantage across the last five matches, winning three. There has only been a double figure final margin between the teams once in the last 16 years.

Eels vs Panthers Betting Odds

The Parramatta Eels are the 1.45 favourites to continue their unbeaten run in 2020.

The Panthers are the 2.75 outsiders heading into Friday with the line set at -5.5 in Parramatta's favour.

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Eels vs Panthers Match Up

Eels halfback Mitchell Moses has been in great form this year, steering the team to a 19-16 win over Manly. He's been a big part of Parramatta's success so far. Nathan Cleary is considered of the league's best and will be looking to maintain that status on Friday.

Eels vs Panthers Key Stats

  • There's been just one double figure final result between these teams in 16 years
  • Clint Gutherson has scored a try in five of his last six Friday night appearances in Sydney
  • Michael Jennings has been the first try-scorer in three of Parramatta's last four matches at Bankwest Stadium

Eels vs Panthers FAQ

When does the Eels vs Panthers match kick off?

The Eels vs Panthers match is scheduled to kick off at 10.55am BST on Friday, June 12 from Bankwest Stadium, Sydney.

Where is the Eels vs Panthers match being played?

Eels vs Panthers match is scheduled to be played at Bankwest Stadium, which is located in Sydney.

How can I live stream the Eels vs Panthers match?

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We're backing Parramatta to maintain their spot at the top of the NRL ladder.

We're also placing a small investment at big odds on Michael Jennings to score the first try.

Best Bet: Parramatta Eels To Win @1.54 at bet365 - 10 Units
Value Bet: Michael Jennings First Try Scorer @14.00 at William Hill - 2 Units

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