The number two team in the competition right now is the Panthers, who have played some of their best footy we’ve seen this season. In Round 18 they enjoy a home game at CUA Stadium in Penrith where they play the number eight ranked Warriors.
With 11 wins for the year so far the Panthers are really flying and come into this one on the back of an impressive four game winning streak. Although they are without Tim Grant who injured his leg last week in the Panthers 12 – 8 win over a weakened Dragons, their Origin stars will be back to pick up any slack.
Michael Jennings, Michael Gordon, Luke Lewis and their inspirational captain Petero Civoniceva are all on deck giving Penrith the confidence they need to win five straight here. Halfback Luke Walsh has also been named to return after recovering from a hamstring injury, so they have plenty enough points in them to beat the Warriors.
New Zealand have been quite impressive themselves recently, winning their last three from three including a huge 35 – 6 win over the Eels last week. But away from home on drier ground they are never really electrifying and although they are now a top eight team it mightn’t be for long as they don’t look to have the strength to overcome the Panthers at home.
For obvious reasons Penrith are the hot $1.33 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au while the Warriors are at the long odds of $3.35 for a win, and out tip is stick with the favourites for this one.
Warriors were embarrassed back in Round 6 when the Panthers thrashed them 40 – 12, so look at the Ladbrokes.com.au large winning margin markets.
Footy Tip of the Match – Panthers to win by a 13 – 18 point margin at $5.75 through Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
Looking back at the last time these two met the Panthers won 40 – 12 so we are going to bet on the Panthers to win by a 13 – 18 margin at $5.75 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Panthers $1.33 – Warriors $3.35 Ladbrokes.com.au
Round 18 Panthers Team:
1. Lachlan Coote 2. Michael Gordon 3. Michael Jennings 4. Adrian Purtell 5. Brad Tighe 6. Wade Graham 7. Luke Walsh 8. Matthew Bell 9. Kevin Kingston 10. Petero Civoniceva 11. Trent Waterhouse 12. Frank Pritchard 13. Luke Lewis
Bench: 18. Travis Burns 15. Gavin Cooper 16. Sam McKendry 17. Nathan Smith
Reserves: 20. Masada Iosefa 19. Frank Puletua 14. Dane Laurie 21. David Simmons 22. Sandor Earl
Round 18 Warriors Team:
1. Lance Hohaia 2. Bill Tupou 3. Joel Moon 4. Jerome Ropati 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. James Maloney 7. Isaac John 8. Jesse Royal 9. Aaron Heremaia 10. Russell Packer 11. Simon Mannering (c) 12. Lewis Brown 13. Michael Luck
Bench: 14. Ian Henderson 15. Ben Matulino 16. Jeremy Latimore 17. Sione Lousi
Reserve: 20. Ukuma Ta’ai