Warriors vs Panthers Round 18 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Warriors vs Panthers Tips

Penrith Panthers look to keep pace with Melbourne at the top of the ladder when they meet the struggling New Zealand Warriors in Round 18 of the NRL on Sunday.

New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers free NRL Round 18 betting tips, predictions and preview – the Warriors haven’t won in Queensland since 2019…

Warriors vs Panthers Tips

Best Panthers win & under 48.5 points odds with Ladbrokes

  • Panthers have won four of the last five meetings between the teams
  • Panthers have won two of their last three meetings by 1-12 margins
  • The last five meetings between the teams have produced under 48.5 points
  • Warriors have seen under 48.5 points in their last three games
  • Panthers have seen under 48.5 points in four of their last five games

Warriors vs Panthers Same Game Multi Tips

Best Same Game Multi Odds with Ladbrokes

  • Charlie Staines has scored 11 tries in 16 games this season and moves back to the wing for this game
  • Matt Burton has scored 12 tries in 14 games this season
  • Reece Walsh has scored five tries in eight games this season

Warriors vs Panthers Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Sunday July 18
Time: 1.50pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Suncorp Stadium


Warriors vs Panthers Head to Head (last five matches)

  • 14/8/20: Warriors 12-18 Panthers
  • 5/6/20: Panthers 26-0 Warriors
  • 30/6/19: Warriors 18-19 Panthers
  • 17/5/19: Panthers 10-30 Warriors
  • 8/9/18: Panthers 27-12 Warriors

Warriors vs Panthers Preview and Prediction

Fresh from a week’s break, the Panthers continue their pursuit of Melbourne at the top of the ladder when they face the Warriors at Suncorp on Sunday afternoon.

Penrith suffered their first two defeats of the season during the Origin period against the Tigers and Sharks, while they’ve also lost their star halves Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai to injury.

That’s a big blow to the Panthers in terms of the minor premiership and potentially the top four, but they’ve managed to win their last two games against top-tier opposition.

Penrith outclassed the Roosters 38-12 before edging rivals Parramatta 13-12 a fortnight ago – although they were fortunate not to lose after Mitchell Moses missed a penalty goal after the siren.

Meanwhile, the Warriors continue to shoot themselves in the foot as they desperately cling on to some hope of making the finals.

The Warriors have lost six games by six points or less this season and went down by eight against the Sharks last week.

Winning just three of those games would have the Warriors inside the top eight, but instead they have lost eight of their last 10, are on a five-match losing streak in 13th spot on the ladder and now confront the high-flying Panthers in a bid to keep their season realistically alive.

VERDICT:

Penrith obviously aren’t at the peak of their powers without Cleary and Luai, but they should still be able to take care of a Warriors side down on confidence.

Penrith’s defence has been rock solid all season, so we can see the Panthers prevailing in a low-scoring game here, with the last five meetings between the teams seeing under 48.5 points (Best Panthers win & under 48.5 points odds with Ladbrokes).


Warriors vs Panthers Teams

The Warriors have named the same starting side that went down to the Sharks, with Josh Curran and Kane Evans replacing Ben Murdoch-Masila and Jack Murchie on the bench.

Matt Burton and Tyrone May are the new halves pairing for Penrith, while Dylan Edwards returns from injury at fullback. Ivan Cleary has named his Origin stars to back up.

Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Josh Curran 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Kane Evans 18. Adam Pompey 20. Euan Aitken 21. Chad Townsend 22. Tohu Harris

Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Brent Naden 5. Brian To’o 6. Matt Burton 7. Tyrone May 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Liam Martin 18. Izack Tago 19. Matthew Eisenhuth 20. Paul Momirovski 21. Robert Jennings


Warriors vs Panthers Stats

  • Panthers have won four of the last five meetings between the teams
  • Panthers have won two of their last three meetings by 1-12 margins
  • The last five meetings between the teams have produced under 48.5 points
  • Warriors have seen under 48.5 points in their last three games
  • Panthers have seen under 48.5 points in four of their last five games
  • Charlie Staines has scored 11 tries in 16 games this season and moves back to the wing for this game
  • Matt Burton has scored 12 tries in 14 games this season
  • Reece Walsh has scored five tries in eight games this season

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