August 31, 2021 12:19 PM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Friday 3rd September, 2021 – 11:05 (UK)

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

Where can I get tickets for Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Parramatta Eels 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 Parramatta Eels 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

THE TEAM NEWS

PARRAMATTA EELS

Starting 13: Perham, Dunster, Opacic, Oldfield, Ferguson, Smith, Arthur, Kaufusi, Lussick, Makatoa, Cartwright, Hipgrave, Stone – Interchanges: Loizou, Rodwell, Lane, Russell – Reserves: Penisini, Papali’i, N. Brown, D. Brown

Unavailable: Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Wiremu Greig (Injured), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Injured), Reed Mahoney (Injured), Ryan Matterson (Suspended), Maika Sivo (Injured), Marata Niukore (Injured), Junior Paulo (Suspended)

  • Parramatta Eels kept their top four hopes alive by shocking top of the ladder Melbourne Storm last week, ending their opponent’s 19-match winning streak and giving themselves a huge shot in the arm ahead of the finals.
  • Despite that success, the Eels have decided to rest plenty of their key men for their final game of the regular season with Brad Arthur instead focusing his attention on the first week of the finals.

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Edwards, Crichton, Momirovski, Burton, To’o, Luai, Cleary, Leota, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Capewell, Yeo – Interchanges: Ty. May, Sorensen, Pangai Jnr., Martin – Reserves: Leniu, Tago, Ta. May, Kenny

Unavailable: Matt Eisenhuth (Injured)

  • Penrith Panthers made it four wins in succession by seeing off Wests Tigers and with Melbourne Storm losing last time out, the Panthers could still claim the minor premiership if results fall their way this weekend.
  • Unlike several rival teams, the Panthers have opted to name a full-strength side for this contest with Ivan Cleary hoping to carry some momentum into the finals which he would get if his side earn a third straight win over Parramatta Eels.

THE PREDICTION

Parramatta Eels produced their best performance of the season as they overcame Melbourne Storm last week in a much-needed victory ahead of the finals. The Eels have struggled of late but they appear to have turned the corner at just the right time, although they could be in for a tough time here against rivals Penrith Panthers. With that win over the Storm under their belts, Brad Arthur has handed the week off to numerous key men and with Penrith coming into this with a full-strength line-up, the Panthers should be able to run out big winners here and can come out on top in the HT/FT margin market by covering 9+ and 13+.

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