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New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers Predictions & Tips - Penrith to get it done despite missing halves

  • New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers tips for Sunday’s NRL game
  • The Round 18 clash is being played in Brisbane (5.50am BST)
  • New Zealand have lost their last 5 games
  • Penrith have won 31 of their last 34 games and can win again
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Penrith have won their last 3 games against New Zealand (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 16 Jul 2021
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New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers Predictions

The Panthers can beat the Warriors despite missing Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai. This could be a closer game than expected with Penrith backed to win by 1-12 points.

  • New Zealand Warriors have lost their last 5 games.
  • Penrith Panthers have won their last 3 games against New Zealand Warriors.
  • Penrith Panthers have won 31 of their last 34 games.

Head to Head

Penrith have a 27-18 advantage against New Zealand with one draw in 46 games.

The Panthers have won the last three encounters including 18-12 last season.

New Zealand Warriors Form

New Zealand have lost their last five games. 

The Warriors lost 29-28 to North Queensland, 42-16 to Melbourne 10-6 to Newcastle and 19-18 against St George Illawarra after leading 18-6 with 10 minutes to go.

Nathan Brown’s side lost 20-12 against Cronulla last week. They conceded 11 penalties and were forced to make 413 tackles, 133 more than the Sharks.

New Zealand Warriors Injuries & Team News

Euan Aitken and Josh Curran have both been names after being forced into isolation.

Tohu Harris (shoulder) and Chad Townsend (shoulder) have both been named in the reserves but are unlikely to play.

Chanel Harris-Tavita (pectoral) is expected to return in Round 20.

New Zealand Warriors Line Up

1. Reece Walsh
2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
3. Rocco Berry
4. Marcelo Montoya
5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
6. Kodi Nikorima
7. Sean O'Sullivan
8. Addin Fonua-Blake
9. Wayde Egan
10. Matt Lodge
11. Eliesa Katoa
12. Bayley Sironen
13. Jazz Tevaga


14. Josh Curran
15. Leeson Ah Mau
16. Bunty Afoa
17. Kane Evans


18. Adam Pompey
20. Euan Aitken
21. Chad Townsend
22. Tohu Harris

Penrith Panthers Form

Penrith won their opening 12 games of the season. They were without most of their top players before and after the Origin I when they suffered a 26-6 defeat against West Tigers and a 19-18 loss against Cronulla.

Ivan Cleary’s side returned home and beat Sydney Roosters 38-12. They were dominant after trailing 12-0, completing 80% of their sets and scoring six unanswered tries.

The Panthers won 13-12 against Parramatta in their last game. It was a big effort with many key players missing once again.

Penrith Panthers Injuries & Team News

Dylan Edwards (foot) returns at fullback with Charlie Staines moving to the wing and Brent Naden to the centres.

Tyrone May and Matt Burton will play in the halves with Nathan Cleary (shoulder) and Jarome Luai (knee) out for two more weeks. 

Brian To'o, Isaah Yeo, Kurt Capewell and Liam Martin have all been named to back up from Origin III.

Penrith Panthers Line Up

1. Dylan Edwards
2. Charlie Staines
3. Stephen Crichton
4. Brent Naden
5. Brian To'o
6. Matt Burton
7. Tyrone May
8. Moses Leota
9. Api Koroisau
10. James Fisher-Harris
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Kurt Capewell
13. Isaah Yeo


14. Mitch Kenny
15. Scott Sorensen
16. Spencer Leniu
17. Liam Martin


18. Izack Tago
19. Matt Eisenhuth
20. Paul Momirovski
21. Robert Jennings
22. Jaeman Salmon
23. J'maine Hopgood

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Penrith are missing Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai with caution advised here. The Panthers should still be too good for the Warriors and can win a close game in Brisbane.

Best Bet: Penrith Win Winner @-227.27 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Penrith Win 1-12 Winning Margin @225.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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