2020 NRL – Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers taking place? Saturday 29th August, 2020 – 10:35 (UK)

Where is Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers taking place? Panthers Stadium, Penrith

What is the expected weather for Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers? 14c, clear skies

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

THE TEAM NEWS

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Edwards, Mansour, Naden, Crichton, To’o, Luai, Cleary, Tamou, Kenny, Leota, Yeo, Martin, Fisher-Harris – Interchanges: May, Leniu, Burns, Tetevano – Reserves: Kenny, Burns

Unavailable: Kurt Capewell (Injured), Dean Whare (Injured), Charlie Staines (Injured), Viliame Kikau (Suspended), Api Koroisau (Injured)

  • Penrith Panthers continued their remarkable run of form as they claimed a straightforward success against Cronulla Sharks last week with that victory making it 10 wins in a row as they moved a step closer to securing the minor Premiership.
  • The Panthers ran in seven tries in the 38-12 win which means no side are averaging more tries per game than the league leaders and they will hope to build on their 4.4 per game as they take on Wests Tigers.
  • Penrith have suffered a couple of blows ahead of this clash with Viliame Kikau banned and Api Koroisau ruled out through injury so Mitch Kenny will start at hooker while Billy Burns comes onto the bench but in better news, Brian To’o returns on the wing.

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Doueihi, Nofoaluma, J. Leilua, Mbye, Talau, Brooks, Marshall, Mikaele, Grant, Eisenhuth, Garner, L. Leilua, Twal – Interchanges: Taylor, Liddle, Blore, McIntyre – Reserves: Lawrence, Kepaoa

Unavailable: Zane Musgrove (Injured), Michael Chee-Kam (Injured), Billy Walters (Injured), Josh Aloiai (Personal Reasons)

  • Wests Tigers were unable to build on their win over Canterbury Bulldogs as they were comfortably beaten by Sydney Roosters last week and another loss here could be devastating for their chances of finishing in the top eight.
  • The Tigers enjoyed 55% of the ball against the reigning premiers but they failed to make their chances count and were on the end of a 16-38 loss with their defensive efforts also lacking.
  • As they look to keep their season alive, Wests have received a huge boost for this clash with Harry Grant returning at hooker after overcoming a knee injury but there is no place for Josh Aloiai who has dropped out to be present for the birth of his first child.

THE PREDICTION

The season could be on the line for Wests Tigers in this clash with Penrith Panthers with a place in the top eight likely to be too difficult to achieve should they lose this. They face a huge challenge against the side at the top of the ladder with the Panthers sitting there having won their last 10 games. Penrith are missing a couple of key players but that should not hinder them here and with their defence continuing to impress of late, they should be able to win again with the margin likely to be at least 12.

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