Penrith Panthers vs Newcastle Knights NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Can Panthers send Maloney out a winner?

Andrew Hendrie 6 Sep 2019
  • Penrith Panthers host Newcastle Knights in the final game of the regular season on Sunday
  • Panthers have won six of their last seven meetings
Panthers face Knights on Sunday (PA Images)

Penrith Panthers and Newcastle Knights square off in the final game of the regular season as NRL Round 25 comes to a close on Sunday.

Panthers vs Knights kicks off at 4.00pm AEST at Panthers Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


It’s been a disappointing season for both of these teams as the Knights and Panthers prepare for one last game before turning their attention to the off-season.

Both teams at one stage seemed destined to play finals footy - the Panthers started the year horribly but then went on a big winning streak to surge into the eight, only to relinquish momentum and never get it back.

Newcastle meanwhile stormed into the top four with seven wins from nine games midway through the season, but they’ve stumbled dramatically and have since seen coach Nathan Brown leave before getting the official sack.

Only pride is on the line in this clash, but you suspect the Panthers will lift as James Maloney plays his last NRL game before jetting off to France.

The Panthers have won six of their last seven meetings and because of the Maloney factor, I think they will extend that record. Newcastle had a big win over the Titans last week, but at the time they still had a slim shot of making the finals. With nothing on the line, I can see a flat performance from them on Sunday.

Penrith to send Maloney out a winner.

Match Odds


Penrith Panthers - $1.70
Newcastle Knights - $2.15

Stats


  • Panthers won six of their last seven meetings
  • Knights won their last game a Panthers Stadium in R23 last year
  • Their last four games have been decided by a 1-12 margin

Teams


Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Stephen Crichton 3. Dean Whare 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. James Maloney 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Wayde Egan 10. Moses Leota 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. James Fisher-Harris Interchange: 14. Jarome Luai 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Billy Burns 17. Reagan Campbell-Gillard Reserves: 18. Sione Katoa 19. Hame Sele 20. Josh Mansour 21. Kaide Ellis

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Bradman Best 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Hymel Hunt 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Connor Watson 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Tim Glasby Interchange: 14. Kurt Mann 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Josh King 17. Aidan Guerra Reserves: 18. Jacob Saifiti 19. Jamie Buhrer 20. Jirah Momoisea 21. Starford Toa

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