Here is the betting and stats preview for the Round 14 Friday night matches involving the high flying Panthers and low lying Broncos. They are playing the Sharks and Dragons respectively.
Reproduced with permission from TheGurgler.com
PENRITH PANTHERS Vs CRONULLA SHARKS
Ladder leaders Penrith continue on their merry way with nine wins in a row and counting. Few would begrudge the Panthers some success this year. Well, except for former bus patrons of the Wests Tigers. At least you’ll know that if they win this year someone will give Gus Gould all the credit. Hopefully for the Sharks this weekend is a little less eventful than last weekend and we are sure a bite from a Panther would be far more painful than a Titan.
QUICK MATCH FACTS
- Penrith have conceded either 12 or 14 points nine times out of their 14 games so far this season. The only time they have conceded more than 20 points this season is when they have played at Kogarah twice. But they also scored plenty and won in both of those games.
- Penrith’s record at home to Cronulla isn’t great, having won every fourth game for the last eight games. They did win at home last year though and are in red hot form.
- Penrith have lost just once in seven games versus Sydney opposition this season. (10-16 vs Parramatta)
- The Sharks have won every game where an opposition player has been sent off for biting.
- Penrith have won four from five on a Friday, the Sharks only Friday night game was a winner, against the Broncos of course.
- There was a small dip in the betting earlier in the week towards the Sharks, but that reduced the next day and Penrith remain strong favourites to continue their winning run.
- Cronulla have scored 28 points or more in six of their last eight games, and Penrith’s scoring average this season is 25, so the total points is a good chance of being covered.
- Given that in the last 15 home games vs Cronulla, Penrith have either lost (10 times), or won by 8 points or less (4 times), perhaps the Sharks holding onto the 10 points start is worth a look.
- It wouldn’t be wise to back against Penrith for the first try scorer – they have scored the first try 12 times from 14 matches.
- Wingers are the top option for both sides we say that Brent Baden will put last weekend’s “feedback” behind him with a brace and first try.
- Penrith score the last try twice as much as Cronulla, and the interchange players feature highly too. And lively interchange player Dane Laurie is our outside pick,.,
- For value, why not throw in Braden Hamlin-Uele for an anytime try.
THE FINAL SAY SAME GAME MULTI
Penrith to win
Sharks +10.5 start
Brent Naden to score two tries or more
Braden Hamlin-Uele to score anytime
Total points +44.5
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