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Match preview – Cowboys v Panthers

Match preview – Cowboys v Panthers

General Match Information:

DetailCurrent Information
Consensus price: favouritePanthers $1.72
Consensus line: favouritePanthers -2.0
Consensus game total38.5
Home team: players inCorey Jensen, Gideon Gela-Mosby, Jason Taumalolo, Murray Taulagi, Tom Gilbert
Home team: players outMatthew Scott
Away team: players inHame Sele, Jarome Luai, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Stephen Crichton, Wayde Egan, William Burns
Away team: players outJosh Mansour, Sione Katoa
Time prepared:11:15am 22-Aug-19 (AEST)

Detailed Form and Stats:

Final Thoughts:

[Edit: Jake Clifford is now out of the game, with John Asiata going into the halves. Jason Taumalolo did complete the captains run but it is still not confirmed whether he will play or not.]

Game ResultNo opinion: Stating the bleeding obvious but this is a very tricky game to analyse, as the bookies prices indicate. The Panthers are playing their second consecutive game away from home here. They are 4-6 on the road this season, with losses to the Titans, Sharks, Raiders, Tigers, Bulldogs and Broncos and a net for and against of -64. The Cowboys are 3-7 at home in 2019 with losses to the Sharks, Raiders, Storm, Sea Eagles, Tigers Rabbitohs and Broncos, and a net for and against of -36. One big variable here is the availability or otherwise of Jason Taumalolo, who gives the Cowboys pack plenty of punch. While one player's absence doesn't explain these results, it is interesting the Cowboys are just 1-5 when he hasn't played this season (their only win v the Warriors), albeit they did have a tough slate of opponents when he was out. Given the uncertainty around his availability, we will stay out here, but if he does suit up, we think the Cowboys have the potential for an upset.
With The StartNo opinion: Same reasons as above.
Game TotalOver 37.5: low confidence. While both teams have generally trended to the under this season, the only anomaly is the Cowboys at home who have gone 6-4 to the over. With the potential for a reasonably warm match (top of 27 in Townsville), and the Panthers coming off back to back travel, fatigue could play a factor. Hence we lean to the over here. Note that Beteasy are still 37.5 at the time of writing.
For An InterestJake Clifford to score a try for a couple of dollars.

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