Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Panthers target fifth straight win over struggling Titans

Andrew Hendrie 10 Apr 2019
  • Gold Coast Titans face Penrith Panthers in Round 5 of the NRL on Friday
  • Panthers have won the last four games between the teams
Titans host Panthers on Friday (PA Images)

Penrith Panthers go in search of their fifth straight win against the lowly Gold Coast Titans when the two sides clash in NRL Round 5 action on Friday night.

Titans vs Panthers kicks off at 6.00pm AEST at Cbus Super Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Don’t expect a lot of points when the Titans and Panthers square off on Friday night up on the Gold Coast.

The two teams are the worst attacking teams in the competition over the first four rounds, averaging less than 10 points per game.

Gold Coast are the only winless team over the first month of the competition, scoring just 36 points and barely threatening at any stage to win even one of those games.

Obviously attack is an issue for the Titans, but Garth Brennan has opted to largely stick with the same group of players that lost 26-10 to the Warriors last week, with Max King coming onto the bench in place of the suspended Moeaki Fotuaika the only change.

Meanwhile, the Panthers will be hoping they can kick on from a confidence-boosting victory over the Tigers last week.

It was an off-season from hell for Penrith, and it’s clearly taken a toll on them judging by their performances over the first four rounds, but Nathan Cleary might have turned their season around with his last-minute heroics last week, nailing a sideline conversion after the siren and firing home a field goal in golden point to hand the Panthers a 9-8 win.

It was far from pretty in what could be described as the worst game of the season to date, but perhaps it could be the catalyst for Penrith to move onwards and upwards.

They’ve certainly got an excellent chance to make it back-to-back wins against the bottom-placed Titans. Penrith have won their last four meetings and Gold Coast have been woeful to begin the season. If they don’t win this, they are in trouble…

Match Odds


Penrith Panthers - $1.59
Gold Coast Titans - $2.35

Stats


  • Panthers have won the last four games between the sides
  • Penrith have won their last two meetings at Cbus by one point
  • Titans last beat Panthers at home in 2015

Teams


Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Tyrone Peachey 4. Brian Kelly 5. Dale Copley 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ash Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Ryan James 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Arrow 14. Alexander Brimson 15. Max King 16. Shannon Boyd 17. Keegan Hipgrave 18. Jack Stockwell 19. Phillip Sami 20. Jai Whitbread 21. Ryley Jacks

Panthers: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Waqa Blake 5. Dylan Edwards 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Sione Katoa 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris 14. Wayde Egan 15. Tyrell Fuimaono 16. Moses Leota 17. Hame Sele 18. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 19. Tim Grant 20. Jarome Luai 21. Liam Martin

Tips


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