Penrith Panthers vs Newcastle Knights
Anthony Griffin, coach for the Panthers, has named his 21-player squad for Sunday’s game against the Newcastle Knights at the McDonald Jones Stadium. The Panthers will be wearing the away Jersey for this match. James Fisher-Harris is missing out, thanks to an injury to his hamstring, with rookie Corey Harawira-Naera replacing him in the starting side. Griffin is sticking with Nathan Cleary and Bryce Cartwright once again in the halves, and Te Maire Martin likely to be named in the reserves.
Both Teams Have a Chance for Back-to-Back Victories
Both teams have enjoyed the taste of their 1st victory in more than a month, and stand a chance to make it a back-to-back duo for the 1st time in the season.
The Penrith Panthers were compelled to make an entry into the record books, and dispense with a miraculous comeback over the Vodafone Warriors after bringing up the rear with a score of 28 – 6 at the break. This victory has given them some much-needed momentum as they head into the State of Origin period.
Penrith Panthers Players to Watch
Panthers hopefuls James Tamou and Trent Merrin will be bringing their very best to the game in a last-ditch effort to make an impression on Laurie Daley, and Matt Moylan, skipper, will also be able to put his name up on the front-line if he delivers a suitably strong performance in Sunday’s game.
Australian sports betting sites are set to go wild as these two teams take to the field on Sunday, and, thanks to the recent excellent performances by both, the outcome is more difficult to predict with any degree of accuracy. The momentum the Panthers are currently enjoying has to be taken into account when it comes to laying bets on Round 11.
Why the Panthers Can Take the Game
2nd halves have been problematic for the Newcastle Knights before their win against the Raiders, which gives the Panthers an edge in this Sunday’s game. Penrith have also come out guns blazing in more recent rounds against the Vodafone Warriors and the NRMA Insurance Broncos at the backend in order to pile on the points.
The nib Newcastle Knights have managed to blow 4 half-time leads already this season, and were forced to concede 7 tries in the final 10 minutes of games, which does not bode well for the team when compared to the Panthers’ 3 this season.
History of the Two Teams
Of the two teams, the Knights hold a lead in terms of dominant records in the early 2000s compared to the Panthers, but the latter have managed to win 5 of the last 6 ?matches, besides having scored more than 40 points in the 2 most recent.
What the Odds Look Like
Punters are seemingly concerned about having to take Penrith at the short price being offered, and more money is being wagered on the Newcastle team in head to head markets. The Panthers’ performance in the 2nd half of their Warriors game, however, has shown that they have what it takes, and the match results remain difficult to predict.