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Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels Predictions & Tips - Panthers to bounce back in NRL Semi-Final

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  • The game is being played at BB Print Stadium (10.50am BST)
  • A place in the Preliminary Finals awaits the winner
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Parramatta Eels are tipped for another defeat to Penrith Panthers (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 17 Sep 2021
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Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels Predictions

The Panthers suffered a surprise defeat last week and I'm expecting a big reaction. The Eels threw their game against Penrith in the final round by fielding a weakened team, but even a stronger line-up won't stop the Panthers.
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  • Penrith Panthers have won 9 of their last 11 matches.
  • Penrith Panthers have won 8 of their last 11 games against the Parramatta Eels.
  • Parramatta Eels have not won back-to-back finals games since 2009.
  • Parramatta Eels have lost 5 of their last 8 games.

Head to Head

Parramatta have a 65-51 advantage against Penrith with one draw, but the Eels have lost eight of the last 11 meetings.

The Panthers won 13-12 in Round 16 and 40-6 against a weakened Eels side in the final round of the regular season two weeks ago.

Penrith Panthers Form

The Panthers were stunned last week as they lost 16-10 to South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Qualifying Final.

Having been backed for Grand Final success prior to that game, Penrith were off the pace and bumped into a resolute Rabbitohs defence.

Penrith had ended the regular season by winning five in a row to finish runners-up to Melbourne Storm on only points differential.

Penrith Panthers Team News

The Panthers are boosted by the return of full-back Dylan Edwards. Stephen Crichton moves back to the wing and Charlie Staines drops out altogether.

Matt Eisenhuth is also left out to make way for the return of Moses Leota from a calf injury.

Scott Sorensen has shaken off a wrist injury and is named on the interchange. Tyrone May is named in the reserves after a knee injury.

Penrith Panthers Team List

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Stephen Crichton 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. Liam Martin 18. Spencer Leniu 19. Izack Tago 20. Brent Naden 21. Tyrone May

Parramatta Eels Form

Parramatta's decision to rest a number of stars for the 40-6 final round loss to Penrith paid dividends last week.

With the cavalry back for their Elimination Final against the Newcastle Knights, the Eels produced the goods in a 28-20 victory last Sunday.

It was just a third win in the last eight matches after a stuttering end to the season.

Parramatta Eels Team News

Ryan Matterson is back in the Eels side having been named on the bench, pushing Makahesi Makatoa down to the reserves.

Nathan Brown has shaken off an injury picked up last week, but Joey Lussick remains sidelined with a calf injury.

Parramatta Eels Team List

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Haze Dunster 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Ray Stone 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Nathan Brown 14. Will Smith 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Ryan Matterson 18. Makahesi Makatoa 19. Oregon Kaufusi 20. Tom Opacic 21. Jakob Arthur

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The Eels were thumped by the Panthers little over two weeks ago. While that was a deliberately weakened Parramatta side, I'm expecting a similar outcome on Saturday. 

Penrith have a point to prove after last week's defeat and they are tipped to make it.

Best Bet: Panthers 13+ Winning Margin $1.91 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units

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