2020 NRL – Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Saturday 8th August, 2020 – 10:35 (UK)

Where is Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Panthers Stadium, Penrith

What is the expected weather for Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders? 12c, clear skies

What channel is Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders 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 Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders? 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 Penrith Panthers vs Canberra Raiders? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

PENRITH PANTHERS

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

Unavailable: Kurt Capewell (Injured), Brian To’o (Injured), Dean Whare (Injured), Dylan Edwards (Injured), Charlie Staines (Injured)

  • Penrith Panthers produced a brilliant attacking display as they maintained their place at the top of the NRL ladder with a seventh consecutive victory as they made Manly Sea Eagles their latest victims last week.
  • The Panthers ran in seven tries as they blew the hosts away with their ability to complete at 91% despite giving the ball plenty of air helping them to a figure of 60% possession which they certainly utilised.
  • Young sensation Charlie Staines notched another two tries in just his second NRL appearance but he was forced off with a hamstring injury and that will sideline him for this contest with Malakai Watene-Zelezniak taking his spot.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Rapana, Croker, Scott, Cotric, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Havili, Lui, Bateman, Whitehead, Young – Interchanges: Starling, Tapine, Sutton, Harawira-Naera – Reserves: S. Williams, Oldfield

Unavailable: Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Sia Soliola (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured), Josh Hodgson (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Semi Valemei (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders produced an underwhelming performance in their game with North Queensland Cowboys last week but they did enough to earn the victory, although a similar display here would likely result in a big loss.
  • The Raiders made 12 errors and could have been punished by a better side with the Cowboys also coughing the ball up on 12 occasions in what was an error-strewn game with Canberra edging it 12-14.
  • Jordan Rapana had an indifferent game at fullback but he will revert to his familiar position on the wing with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad returning from a dislocated finger which sees Semi Valemei drop out.

THE PREDICTION

Penrith Panthers have shown their credentials as potential Premiership winners with some of their displays this season and last week was one of those occasions as they swept Manly Sea Eagles aside. The Panthers now face a potentially tricky task against Canberra Raiders but the visitors will need to keep better control of the ball if they are to run the home side close. Only one side has made more errors than the Raiders this season and with the Panthers making the fewest in the NRL, that could prove to be significant with Penrith able to retain their spot at the top of the ladder with an eighth straight win which would equal a club record.

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