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Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions & Tips - Panthers to smash sorry Sharks in the NRL

  • Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks predictions for Friday’s NRL game
  • The Round 9 clash is being played at 9am BST at BlueBet Stadium
  • Penrith have won by 26+ points in their last 2 games against Cronulla
  • I am backing Penrith to win big and Dylan Edwards to score
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Dylan Edwards has scored 4 tries in his last 4 games against Cronulla (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 04 May 2021
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Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions

Penrith are huge favourites, deservedly so and should smash a Sharks side lacking confidence. Dylan Edwards is backed to score in a big win against the Sharks.

  • Penrith Panthers have won 25 of their last 26 games.
  • Penrith Panthers Dylan Edwards has scored tries in his last 2 games.
  • Penrith Panthers have won their last 3 games against Cronulla Sharks.
  • Penrith Panthers have won by 26+ points in their last 2 games against Cronulla Sharks.
  • Penrith Panthers Dylan Edwards has scored 4 tries in his last 4 games against Cronulla Sharks.
  • Cronulla Sharks have lost 6 of their last 7 games.

Head to Head

Cronulla Sharks have a 56-46 advantage against Penrith Panthers with 3 draws in 105 games.

Penrith have won the last three encounters including 38-12 and 56-24 last season.

Penrith Panthers Form

Penrith sit top of the NRL ladder after winning their opening eight games in 2021. They have scored 212 points with just 60 conceded, easily the best defence in the NRL.

Ivan Cleary’s side have now won 25 of their last 26 games stretching back to last season.

The Panthers have beaten North Queensland, Canterbury, Manly and Canberra by 20+ points. It has been a bit closer in recent weeks after beating Brisbane 20-12, Newcastle 24-6 and Manly 28-16 last week.

Penrith Panthers Injuries & Team News

Kurt Capewell (ribs) is doubtful but has been named in the second-row. If he misses out, expect Liam Martin to start and Scott Sorensen joining the bench.

Paul Momirovski (suspension) is out for another week.

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. Viliame Kikau
12. Kurt Capewell
13. Isaah Yeo


14. Tyrone May
15. Spencer Leniu
16. Matt Eisenhuth
17. Liam Martin


18. Scott Sorensen
19. J'maine Hopgood
20. Robert Jennings
21. Mitch Kenny

Cronulla Sharks Form

Cronulla started the season with a 32-18 win against the Dragons. It has fallen away since then with six defeats from their last seven games.

The Sharks have lost four straight. They went down against the Roosters (26-18) and the Knights (26-22), giving up late leads in each defeat.

Josh Hannay’s side then lost 18-12 against the hapless Bulldogs after they fell 18-0 behind.

There were encouraging signs in Melbourne last week that faded away in the second half. Cronulla led the Storm 8-6 at half-time but fell away badly in a 40-14 defeat.

Cronulla Sharks Injuries & Team News

Braden Hamlin-Uele (ankle) is out for 6-8 weeks. 

Jesse Ramien (glute) returns in the centres with Teig Wilton back on the bench.

 Five-eighth Matt Moylan (quad) is named in the reserves.

Cronulla Sharks Line Up

1. Will Kennedy
2. Mawene Hiroti
3. Will Chambers
4. Jesse Ramien
5. Connor Tracey
6. Shaun Johnson
7. Chad Townsend
8. Aiden Tolman
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Aaron Woods
11. Briton Nikora
12. Wade Graham
13. Toby Rudolf


14. Braydon Trindall
15. Teig Wilton
16. Jack Williams
17. Billy Magoulias


18. Matt Moylan
19. Josh Dugan
20. Franklin Pele
21. Jenson Taumoepeau


Penrith are currently the best team in the NRL and Cronulla are among the worst. This should be one way traffic with the Panthers backed to win big.

Best Bet: Penrith -18 Handicap @100.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Dylan Edwards Anytime Tryscorer @185.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Dylan Edwards First Tryscorer @1600.0 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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