Panthers vs Rabbitohs Preliminary Finals Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Panthers vs Rabbitohs Tips

Penrith have lost just one game all season, but can they stop a blistering Rabbitohs attack when the two sides face off for a place in the NRL Grand Final on Saturday night?

Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Rabbitohs have scored 144 points in their last three games…

Panthers vs Rabbitohs Tips

Panthers vs Rabbitohs Match Details

?? Competition: NRL
? Date: Saturday October 17
Time: 7.50pm AEDT
? Stadium: ANZ Stadium

Panthers vs Rabbitohs 2020 Form (last five matches)

Panthers (WWWWW)

  • R17: Broncos 12-25 Panthers
  • R18: Panthers 20-2 Eels
  • R19: Cowboys 12-32 Panthers
  • R20: Bulldogs 0-42 Panthers
  • FW1: Panthers 29-28 Roosters

Rabbitohs (WLWWW)

  • R18: Tigers 24-26 Rabbitohs
  • R19: Rabbitohs 16-26 Bulldogs
  • R20: Rabbitohs 60-8 Roosters
  • FW1: Rabbitohs 46-20 Knights
  • FW2: Eels 24-38 Rabbitohs

Panthers vs Rabbitohs Head to Head (last five matches)

Panthers have won three of their last four encounters.

  • 25/6/20: Panthers 20-12 Rabbitohs
  • 15/6/19: Rabbitohs 18-19 Panthers
  • 26/4/19: Panthers 18-22 Rabbitohs
  • 17/3/18: Panthers 18-14 Rabbitohs
  • 2/7/17: Rabbitohs 42-14 Panthers

Panthers vs Rabbitohs Preview and Prediction

Penrith put their 16-match winning streak on the line against a rampant South Sydney side as Ivan Cleary’s side continue on their quest to secure a first premiership since 2003 in the preliminary finals at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

It’s been an extraordinary season from the Panthers, with the team losing just one game all season – and they were winning that match against the Eels deep into the second half.

It’s been well over 100 days since Penrith have lost a match, but this is when it really matters – can their young side handle the pressure?

I had my doubts in the opening week of the finals, but Ivan Cleary and Jerome Luai were sensational, with Cleary bagging himself a hat-trick in a performance that cemented him as the dominant halfback in the competition.

Stephen Crichton continues to prove he is one of the brightest young talents in the NRL, but the Panthers did suffer a huge blow during that thrilling 29-28 win over the Roosters, with Viliame Kikau copping a one-match suspension.

Meanwhile, while the Panthers have been ultra-consistent and basically flawless all season, the exact opposite can be said for the Rabbitohs – but yet here they are one win away from the premiership decider.

Souths have been erratic and unreliable all season long, but Wayne Bennett knows timing is everything in the NRL and he’s got his side playing some incredible footy over the last month or so.

Indeed, the Rabbitohs have been averaging 35 points in their last 10 fixtures, but they’ve gone to another level in their last three victories, scoring a combined 144 points against the Roosters, Knights and Eels.

The key foursome of Cody Walker, Adam Reynolds, Damien Cook and Alex Johnston have all been playing some career-best football in those three aforementioned victories, and if they can maintain that level, I think the Rabbitohs will be very hard to beat – even for this all-conquering Panthers outfit.

The last four games between these teams have been decided by eight points or less and we can expect another tight tussle on Saturday night.

Penrith have proven time and time again they’re the real deal, but I don’t think the Rabbitohs should be such big underdogs given their last three performances. As mentioned, if Walker, Reynolds and Cook continue to fire, the Bunnies have an excellent chance of pulling off the upset. Souths 1-12 looks the value bet for me.

Panthers vs Rabbitohs Teams

Kurt Capewell replaces the suspended Viliame Kikau for Penrith, with Spencer Leniu joining the bench, while the Rabbitohs are unchanged from their victory over Parramatta.

Penrith Panthers team: 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. Kurt Capewell 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Zane Tetevano 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Dean Whare 20. Matt Burton 21. Jack Hetherington

South Sydney Rabbitohs team: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Jed Cartwright 17. Keaon Koloamatangi 18. Steven Marsters 19. Hame Sele 20. Troy Dargan 21. Patrick Mago

Panthers vs Souths Stats

  • Panthers have won three of their last four meetings
  • Panthers are on a 16-match winning streak
  • The last four games between the teams have been decided by eight points or less
  • Souths are averaging 35 points in their last 10 games
  • Souths have scored 144 points in their last three games
  • Panthers have kept their opponents try-less in two of their last four games

Panthers vs Souths Best Bet