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Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers Tips - Back the Eels to cover line

  • NRL Round 25 game scheduled at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast on Friday
  • The Eels are coming off back-to-back victories
  • The Eels ended the record 19-game winning run of the Storm in the last round
  • The Panthers have won 4 in a row and 8 of their last 9 games
  • The Panthers edged the Eels 13-12 in Round 16
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The Eels and Panthers go at it again this week. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
The Eels kept their top four chances alive last week with a surprise win over Melbourne as they now look to finish the job against the Panthers on the Gold Coast.

A win for Parramatta and a Manly loss to the Cowboys is what it will take for the Eels to finish top four, the latter of those scenarios being the most unlikely of course.

The Panthers, meanwhile, can claim the minor premiership with a win and a Storm loss, setting up another crucial game to compliment the early fixture.

These two sides have played out some real classics in recent years, with the common theme being five of the last six games being decided by no more than eight points.

On the injury front, Eels captain Clint Gutherson is set to miss this clash with a knee injury, while like the Storm, the Panthers may choose to rest some of their stars in preparation for the finals.

If Ivan Cleary does choose to give a few of his playmakers the night off, it’s fair to say the -20.5 line favouring Penrith is a little generous – especially when you consider the Eels have played to an 8-3 record as the line underdog against the Panthers.

Verdict

Parramatta is always a tough side to trust, but with their scoring woes seemingly behind them, the Eels look a good bet here.

Best Bet: Eels +20.5 Line @-111.11 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
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