On Friday night footy fans are treated to a great opening match of Round 24 when the Rabbitohs have a last grasp chance of securing a spot in the finals when they travel to Penrith to take on the Panthers.
South Sydney are one of six teams desperately fighting to keep their finals hopes alive and are paying $6 in the future markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to Make the Top 8.
Currently in ninth place on the ladder following their close loss to the Storm last week, the Bunnies will be bringing everything they’ve got to CUA Stadium in order to snare victory because if they don’t then they are out of the finals race completely.
Penrith have secured their spot in the finals but still have plenty to play for including a home game in the semis and are paying $1.18 at Ladbrokes.com.au to Make the Top 4.
The Panthers dropped from second to fourth on the ladder last week after being thrashed 43 – 18 by the Tigers, which was their fifth loss from their past six.
Playing at home gives Penrith an advantage and they are the $1.48 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au, but they will need to really lift to from their recent poor form to win.
Last time these two met back in Round 12 the Bunnies enjoyed a massive 20 point win over the big cats and with so much to play for it could be another blow out here.
This is the third week in a row that Souths start as the underdogs with their large list of sidelined players, but they proved they could lift when they defeated the Tigers two weeks ago so Penrith are far from safe especially as they are still without Coote (groin).
We are tipping an upset from the desperate Bunnies who are aided by the return of Beau Champion this week, giving Souths their first win from seven against the mountain men at CUA.
Footy Tip of the Match – Rabbitohs to win by 1 – 6 points at $6.75 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Panthers $1.48 – Rabbitohs $2.65 Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
With both teams scoring an average of 24 – 25 points a game this season, we are tipping a very close result and are putting our money on the Bunnies to win by 1 – 6 points at $6.75 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Round 24 Panthers Team:
1. Michael Gordon 2. Sandor Earl 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Tighe 5. Adrian Purtell 6. Travis Burns 7. Luke Walsh 8. Sam McKendry 9. Kevin Kingston 10. Petero Civoniceva 11. Trent Waterhouse 12. Frank Pritchard 13. Luke Lewis
Bench: 14. Daine Laurie 15. Gavin Cooper 16. Matthew Bell 17. Nathan Smith
Reserve: 20. Masada Iosefa
Round 24 Rabbitohs Team:
1. Rhys Wesser 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Colin Best 4. Beau Champion 5. Fetuli Talanoa 6. Luke Capewell 7. Chris Sandow 8. Jaiman Lowe 9. Issac Luke 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Sam Burgess 12. Eddy Pettybourne 13. Michael Crocker
Bench: 14. Craig Stapelton 15. Shannan McPherson 16. Dave Tyrrell 17. Jason Clark
Reserve: 18. Dylan Farrell