Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs (Fri) Betting Preview | NRL Betting Tips

This game has taken on a whole new appearance thanks to several big changes for the Panthers.

Oddschecker
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Fri, 7 Apr, 6:19 AM

This game has taken on a whole new appearance thanks to several big changes for the Panthers.

 

The home side were already juggling a few injuries but with captain Matt Moylan, Peta Hiku and Waqa Blake all dropped for indiscretions, it has seen bookies react by turning out their price while tightening up that of the Rabbitohs.

 

What’s worse for Penrith is that they come into this off a 22-point loss to the Storm in Melbourne while Souths were easily handled by North Queensland in Townsville, 20-6.

 

DEPTH BEING STRETCHED

Coach Anthony Griffin will have to dig deep into the famous Penrith talent pool for this one.

 

Blessed with a number of outstanding youngsters, Penrith will need to rely on their squad depth to replace the abovementioned trio while they will also be without Tyrone Peachey who injured his ribs last week. Compounding that is the fact Bryce Cartwright and Josh Mansour, among others are still unavailable.

 

NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Souths will win their share of games this season but one thing is evident from the opening five rounds – it won’t be against the powerhouses of the competition.

 

The Rabbitohs have suffered twin 14-point defeats in the past fortnight to Sydney Roosters and North Queensland and in both games they were never really in it.

 

Coach Michael Maguire does have a long list of injuries to deal with so there are some excuses but the fact remains the squad he has to play with do not have the firepower to mix it with the big boys.

 

THE HISTORY

Souths have a clear edge here by winning five of the past seven meetings between the sides.

 

A closer look at the results though indicates that Penrith have won two of the past three with both of those victories coming at Pepper Stadium.

 

In fact, other than three straight wins at the venue between 2012 and 2014, Souths haven’t won at this venue since 2002.

 

THE VERDICT

Penrith have had a rough week but you would think they can lift here.

 

Melbourne Storm has been the benchmark so far in 2017 and the young Panthers were completely overwhelmed by them at AAMI Park last week.

 

Back at home where they have an excellent recent record, Penrith looks awfully hard to beat despite missing several key players. Remember, when they played here a fortnight ago, they belted the Knights by 40 points.

 

Souths will stick with the Mountain Men for as long as they can but in the end we just don’t think they have quality to match the Penrith side.

 

 

MATCH WINNER TIP:  

PENRITH

 

FIRST TRYSCORER:  

MALAKAI WATENE ZELEZNIAK – we are backing the youngster to score the opening try on his debut

 

MARGIN BETTING:   

PENRITH 13+

 

 

Other tip:   

PENRITH TO SCORE 20+ POINTS – they have done that in five of their past six games at home

 

 

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