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Wests Tigers vs Penrith Panthers Predictions & Tips - Panthers to keep winning in the NRL

  • Wests Tigers vs Penrith Panthers predictions for Friday’s NRL game
  • The Round 13 clash is being played at 10.55am BST at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney
  • Penrith Panthers have won 7 of their last 8 games against Wests Tigers
  • I am backing Penrith to win with under 46.5 total points
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Penrith Panthers have won 7 of their last 8 games against Wests Tigers (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 03 Jun 2021
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Wests Tigers vs Penrith Panthers Predictions


Penrith are missing many of their stars, but with such a strong squad they can still beat Wests Tigers. The Panthers' incredible defence should be unaffected which makes under 46.5 total points the value bet.

  • Wests Tigers have lost 8 of their last 12 games.
  • Penrith Panthers have won 7 of their last 8 games against Wests Tigers.
  • Penrith Panthers have won all 12 games this season.
  • Penrith Panthers have conceded 12 points or less in 11 of their last 12 games.

Head to Head


Penrith Panthers have a 23-13 advantage against Wests Tigers. 

Penrith have won nine of the last 11 encounters including 30-6 last season.

Wests Tigers Form


Wests Tigers lost six of their opening seven games of the season. There have been some positive signs in recent weeks with three wins in their last five, but they have all come against average opposition.

Michael Maguire’s side beat St George Illawarra 16-8 but couldn’t back up in a 36-28 defeat against Gold Coast Titans.

Wests bounced back with a 36-18 win against Newcastle and lost 30-26 to the Warriors before a 34-18 win against the Dragons last week. 

James Roberts crossed for two tries and they did it easy after leading 18-0 at half time.

Wests Tigers Injuries & Team News


Joe Ofahengaue is unavailable due to Origin selection with Alex Seyfarth promoted to the starting side.

Second-rower Luciano Leilua was found not guilty at the judiciary and starts.

Stefano Utoikamana is the new face on the interchange bench.

Wests Tigers Line Up


1. Daine Laurie
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Adam Doueihi
4. Tommy Talau
5. James Roberts
6. Moses Mbye
7. Luke Brooks
8. James Tamou
9. Jacob Liddle
10. Alex Twal
11. Luke Garner
12. Luciano Leilua
13. Alex Seyfarth

Interchange

14. Stefano Utoikamanu
15. Shawn Blore
16. Tom Amone
17. Thomas Mikaele

Reserves

18. Michael Chee Kam
19. Jake Simpkin
20. Tuki Simpkins
21. Kiah Cooper

Penrith Panthers Form


Penrith sit top of the NRL ladder after winning their opening 12 games in 2021.

Ivan Cleary’s side have scored 394 points with just 88 conceded, the best defence in the NRL.

The Panthers have scored 182 in their last four games. They beat Cronulla 48-0, Gold Coast 48-12, South Sydney 56-12 and Canterbury 30-4 last week.

Penrith Panthers Injuries & Team News


Penrith have been decimated by Origin selections with Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Brian To'o, Isaah Yeo, Liam Martin, Api Koroisau and Kurt Capewell all called up.

Dylan Edwards returns at fullback, Stephen Crichton moves back to the centres and Matt Burton to moves to five-eighth. 

Robert Jennings gets a recall on the wing while Tyrone May will play halfback and Mitch Kenny is the new hooker.

Yeo and Martin are replaced in the back row by Scott Sorensen and Matt Eisenhuth.

Prop Moses Leota accepted a one-week ban for a careless high tackle and his place is taken by Spencer Leniu.

Penrith Panthers Line Up


1. Dylan Edwards
2. Charlie Staines
3. Stephen Crichton
4. Paul Momirovski
5. Robert Jennings
6. Matt Burton
7. Tyrone May
8. Spencer Leniu
9. Mitch Kenny
10. James Fisher-Harris
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Scott Sorensen
13. Matt Eisenhuth

Interchange

14. Jaeman Salmon
15. J’maine Hopgood
16. Lindsay Smith
17. Izack Tago

Reserves

18. Brent Naden
19. Eddie Blacker
20. Sunia Turuva
21. Kurt Falls
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Verdict

Despite missing so many players due to Origin, the Panthers are backed to win again. With their attack likely to suffer but their defence still strong, I am backing under 46.5 total points.

Best Bet: Penrith Panthers Win Winner @-200.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Under 46.5 Total Points @-105.26 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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