2020 NRL – Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Sunday 26th July, 2020 – 07:05 (UK)

Where is Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

What is the expected weather for Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers? 20c, showers

What channel is Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

GOLD COAST TITANS

Starting 13: Thompson, Don, Kelly, Copley, Sami, Taylor, Fogarty, Fotuaika, Clark, Jolliffe, Proctor, Hipgrave, Arrow – Interchanges: Boyd, Peachey, Wallace, Whitbread – Reserves: Stone, Peats

Unavailable: Ryan James (Injured), AJ Brimson (Injured), Jonus Pearson (Injured), Young Tonumaipea (Injured), Mitch Rein (Injured)

  • Gold Coast Titans were right in the game after 30 minutes of their contest with Melbourne Storm last week but they failed to score a single point after Ash Taylor converted Brian Kelly’s 27th minute try and conceded 36 unanswered points.
  • The Titans made 13 errors which led to them having just 44% of possession and that was evident later in the game as Melbourne piled the points on with big improvements needed here in what will be another tough contest.
  • In a boost for the Titans, they are able to call upon both Dale Copley and captain Kevin Proctor after the pair recovered from injuries while Jai Whitbread is also handed a call-up with Treymain Spry, Beau Fermor and Sam Lisone dropping off.

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Aekins, Mansour, Naden, Crichton, Watene-Zelezniak, Luai, Cleary, Tamou, Kenny, Fisher-Harris, Martin, Burns, Yeo – Interchanges: May, Leniu, Leota, Burton – Reserves: Laurie, Smith

Unavailable: Kurt Capewell (Injured), Brian To’o (Injured), Zane Tetevano (Injured), Charlie Stains (Quarantined), Api Koroisau (Injured), Dean Whare (Injured), Dylan Edwards (Injured), Viliame Kikau (Injured)

  • Penrith Panthers made hard work of their game with North Queensland Cowboys but an impressive individual display from Nathan Cleary helped guide his side to the top of the ladder which is where they will return with another victory in this contest.
  • The Panthers failed to hit the heights of their superb showing against Cronulla Sharks as they struggled to break the Cowboys’ defence down but their pressure eventually told to seal the two competition points.
  • It may be tough going for the Panthers this week after losing a quartet of players to injury with Api Koroisau, Dean Whare, Dylan Edwards and Viliame Kikau all ruled out so Caleb Aekins, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Mitch Kenny and Matt Burton all come into the side.

THE PREDICTION

Penrith Panthers can return to the top of the NRL ladder at the end of Round 11 if they see off Gold Coast Titans in this Sunday afternoon clash but they will have to overcome some significant injury woes if they are to do so. The Panthers will be without four players from last week’s contest and the Titans will hope they can exploit any weaknesses in their side. It would be a surprise if Penrith failed to win having performed so well in 2020 thus far but the Titans should be able to keep things tight and they are the pick with a +16 point start.

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