Panthers vs Eels Round 16 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels free NRL Round 16 betting tips, predictions and preview

Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels free NRL Round 16 betting tips, predictions and preview will be available when team lineups are announced.

Below is our previous head to head preview and predictions.

Panthers vs Eels Tips

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Panthers vs Eels Match Details

?? Competition: NRL
? Date: Friday September 11
Time: 7.55pm AEST
? Stadium: Panthers Stadium

Panthers vs Eels 2020 Form (last five matches)

Panthers (WWWWW)

  • R13: Panthers 28-12 Raiders
  • R14: Warriors 12-18 Panthers
  • R15: Panthers 38/12 Sharks
  • R16: Panthers 30-6 Tigers
  • R17: Broncos 12-25 Panthers

Eels (WLWLW)

  • R13: Sharks 12-14 Eels
  • R14: Eels 12-14 Dragons
  • R15: Eels 14-0 Storm
  • R16: Eels 0-38 Rabbitohs
  • R17: Warriors 18-24 Eels

Eels vs Panthers Head to Head (last five matches)

Eels have won two of their last three encounters.

  • 12/6/20: Eels 16-10 Panthers
  • 23/5/19: Eels 10-16 Panthers
  • 17/3/19: Panthers 12-20 Eels
  • 8/4/18: Eels 6-12 Panthers
  • 11/3/18: Panthers 24-14 Eels

Panthers vs Eels Preview and Prediction

It’s shaping as an unmissable battle of the west at the foot of the mountains as Penrith and Parramatta renew their rivalry on Friday night.

The Eels are the only team to have defeated the Panthers in 2020, staging a fantastic comeback in Round 5 to come away 16-10 winners – the second straight meeting between the teams where the match has finished as that scoreline.

While the Eels have managed to stay the course for the most part and remain in the top four since that encounter, it’s been Penrith who have put together their best ever regular season, winning 15 matches and bringing a 12-match winning streak into this showdown.

Stephen Crichton has established himself as the best young centre in the game and has scored at least one try in each of his last nine matches in Sydney, while Nathan Cleary has put his lockdown troubles behind him to become arguably the game’s best halfback.

The old saying goes that teams on big winning streaks are better off losing before the finals, so only time will tell if that rings true for Penrith, but you get the feeling it’s almost impossible for them to continue winning all the way through to the Grand Final.

Parramatta have been far from their best over the last month or so, struggling to score points as Mitchell Moses continues to come in and out of games.

However, I think the Eels can pull off the upset in this one. They have the confidence from beating Penrith earlier in the season and I also believe the Panthers are due a loss before the finals – especially after their flat performance last week against the Broncos.

The Eels are great value at $4.20 (1-12) and worth backing home on Friday night.

Penrith vs Eels Teams

Isaah Yeo returns for the Panthers in place of Kurt Capewell.

Andrew Davey replaces Marata Niukore in the only change for Parramatta.

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Zane Tetevano 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Kurt Capewell 20. Matt Burton 21. Charlie Staines

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jai Field 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Ray Stone 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi 18. Haze Dunster 19. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. Will Smith 21. Samuel Hughes

Penrith vs Eels Stats

  • Eels have won two of their last three meetings
  • Eels are the only team in 2020 to have beaten Penrith
  • Panthers are on a 12-match winning streak
  • Stephen Crichton has scored at least a try in his last nine matches in Sydney
  • Maika Sivo has scored at least a try in his last six matches with the Eels as underdogs
  • The last nine meetings have gone under the total points line

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