Game two on Friday night of NRL Round 17 Friday matches up the Penrith Panthers and the St. George Illawarra Dragons. The game is being played at Panthers Stadium, with kickoff at 7:55 pm (AEST).
Panthers: the Panthers had a strong 22 point win against a poor God Coast Titans side last week, as a -6.5 point favourite.
Dragons: the Dragons were given a bit of a touch-up by the Raiders last week, going down 36-14 as 1.5 point underdogs.
Sunny. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending south to southeasterly 10 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon. Maximum of 20 degrees.
Per the Bureau of Meteorology.
Random Stat(s) – 2011 and onwards
When Ivan Cleary and Paul McGregor have coached against one another, ALL SIX GAMES have gone UNDER the game total.
Player Changes / Milestones:
IN Hame Sele, Nathan Cleary
IN Darren Nicholls, James Graham, Josh Kerr, Patrick Kaufusi, Tristan Sailor
OUT *Ben Hunt*, Jacob Host, Jeremy Latimore
Panthers: W/L 8-8 (all), 4-4 (home). Line performance 7-9 (all), 3-5 (home).
The Panthers have WON their last SIX games – both straight up and with the start. Also worth noting that all of these games have gone UNDER the game total.
Dragons: W/L 6-10 (all), 3-5 (away). Line performance 6-10 (all), 3-5 (away).
The Dragons last FOUR AWAY GAMES have gone OVER the game total.
Another game where both teams will be motivated here, especially the Dragons whose season will essentially be over if they lose tonight.
Betting / Selections:
The Panthers are favourites here, with the line for the Panthers being -4.5 to –5.5, with -4.5 being the predominant line.
The game total is between 36.5 and 37.5, with 36.5 being the most common total for the books we’ve looked at.
This is an interesting game.
Naturally, the Panthers have the momentum currently, winning their last six, including a thumping win over the Titans last week.
The Dragons, on the other hand, are in a real funk, winning just two of their last ten and copping a belting at the hands of the Raiders last week.
To compound the woes for the suffering Dragons fans, the team inexplicably decided to rest their $1.2m per season halfback for this game.
Everything points to the Panthers here, but we’re still not sold on them.
For the Dragons, James Graham’s return will hopefully give them some mongrel, and while Hunt’s absence is a negative, Corey Norman may well step and find the form that helped Parramatta make the four a couple of years back.
Line: No bet
Total: Under 37.5 ($1.91) – Unibet
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