2021 NRL – Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Saturday 18th September, 2021 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels taking place? BB Print Stadium, Mackay

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

What channel is Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels 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 Parramatta Eels? 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

Penrith Panthers

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

Unavailable:

  • Penrith Panthers were outclassed by South Sydney Rabbitohs last week so the team that finished in second spot on the ladder will now have to attempt to make the NRL Grand Final the hard way.
  • The Panthers struggled with the ball as Souths did a good job of restricting the space they had to work in and after managing just ten points last week, they will be focused on producing a much better attacking display in order to keep their season alive.

Parramatta Eels

Starting 13: Gutherson, Dunster, Penisini, Blake, Ferguson, D. Brown, Moses, Campbell-Gillard, Stone, Paulo, Lane, Niukore, N. Brown – Interchanges: Smith, Papali’i, Cartwright, Matterson – Reserves: Makatoa, Kaufusi, Opacic, Arthur

Unavailable: Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Reed Mahoney (Injured), Maika Sivo (Injured), Joey Lussick (Injured)

  • Parramatta Eels came out on top of a topsy-turvy affair with Newcastle Knights last week to advance to the semi-finals but this will be a tough task as they come up against rivals Penrith Panthers.
  • The Panthers have won the last three matches between the two so this will be an uphill task and while they earned the victory last week, the Eels will have to make major improvements if they are to get the better of their opponents.

THE PREDICTION

In another battle of Western Sydney, Penrith Panthers and Parramatta Eels will do battle in this do-or-die contest to prolong their season. The Panthers could not get the better of South Sydney Rabbitohs last week so will now be tasked with making the Grand Final the hard way. They failed to hit the heights of their performances earlier in the season but they are capable of responding here against their rivals. The Eels overcame Newcastle Knights last week but this is a much tougher task and the lack of a recognised hooker is likely to be costly with the Panthers able to make an immediate return to winning ways by making it four straight successes against Parramatta with the margin set to be at least six points.

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