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Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels Tips - Panthers expected to win and under total points

  • NRL Semi-final 2 will be held at BB Print Stadium in Mackay on Saturday
  • The Panthers lost to the Rabbitohs 16-10 in the Qualifying Final
  • The Eels beat the Knights 28-20 in the Elimination Final
  • The Panthers won both meetings against the Eels in the regular season

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The Panthers will try to make it three wins in a row over the Eels this season. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
The Panthers hit a bump in the road last week with a surprise loss to Souths, but it might just be the wakeup call Penrith needed as they look to continue their push for a second Grand Final appearance.

Stephen Crichton’s early try was one of the few bright spots about last week’s result before a litany of errors got in the way.

Nothing is a given come finals time, but the Panthers should feel confident heading to Mackay knowing they manhandled the Eels 40-6 a fortnight ago behind a hat-trick from Brian To’o.

Of course, it must be said that the Eels were far from full strength that day as Brad Arthur chose to rest a handful of his stars in preparation for the Knights.

This time around the Panthers will have to deal with the likes of Clinton Gutherson, Waqa Blake and Mitchell Moses, meaning we should see a closer game than the current -11.5 line in favour of Penrith suggests.

The Panthers are also set to welcome last week’s late omission Dylan Edwards back into the side, which should help solve some of the ball handling and tackling issues we saw last week.

As far as betting goes, the Panthers have played to a 3-1 record on the back of a loss over the last 12 months – which is impressive considering they don’t lose often.

Verdict

It’s also worth noting that the last 12 games between these two sides have gone Under the Total, so the Panthers to win a low-scoring game represents some real value.

Best Bet: Panthers/Under 42.5 Winner/Total Points Double $2.15 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit
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    Panthers/Under 42.5
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    $2.15
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