Round 25 concludes with a Monday night showdown between the Bulldogs and the Panthers at ANZ Stadium where Penrith will be hoping to claw their way back into the top three with a win.
Two recent losses has seen the Panthers drop down into fourth spot on the ladder but they are still a mathematical chance of stealing the Minor Premiership after they enjoyed an awe-inspiring 54 – 18 win over the Rabbitohs last week.
The Bulldogs are well out of contention for the finals after dropping down into 13th. Canterbury managed a win over the Cowboys last week, but after Penrith’s recent point scoring display they could be in big trouble.
They will be seeking a home game win for Brett Kimmorley after he announced his retirement at the end of the season earlier this week. It is also the last home game for the Doggies Luke Patten.
These two last played off in Round 11 when the Panthers enjoyed a tidy win and if things go to plan the visitors will win again here. They are the $1.50 favourites to do so at Ladbrokes.com.au while the home side is out to $2.65.
Penrith are hungrier for the win with more to play for and after their big win last week should be able to post plenty enough points to add to the Dogs misery.
Footy Tip of the Match – Michael Gordon to score the Panthers first try at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Bulldogs $2.65 – Panthers $1.50 Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
Michael Gordon has been brilliant for the big cats of late especially in the No. 1 jersey replacing Coote and that’s why we are tipping him to score the Panthers first try at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Round 25 Bulldogs Team:
1. Luke Patten 2. Steve Turner 3. Josh Morris 4. Jamal Idris 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Ben Roberts 7. Brett Kimmorley 8. Chris Armit 9. Michael Ennis 10. Ryan Tandy 11. Michael Hodgson 12. Andrew Ryan 13. Gary Warburton
Bench: 14. Mickey Paea 15. Blake Green 16. Ben Hannant 17. Ben Barba
Round 25 Panthers Team:
1. Michael Gordon 2. Sandor Earl 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Tighe 5. Adrian Purtell 6. Travis Burns 7. Luke Walsh 8. San 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