NRL Friday: Eels v Panthers, predictions & odds, round 5, 2020

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This battle of western Sydney features two teams who are ready to stake a claim for the NRL premiership.

That particularly applies to Parramatta, who are on top of the table and the only team to have won all of their four games this season. The Eels are rated up with the Sydney Roosters, Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm in betting on the race for the title.

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But it should not be overlooked that Penrith are unbeaten, with their only “blemish” a 14-14 draw with Newcastle at their first match back after the COVID-19 break.

The Panthers also regain playmaker Nathan Cleary this week after a suspension for breaching coronavirus protocols.

Cleary is the incumbent NSW halfback and his opposite number in this match Mitchell Moses of the Eels has been mentioned as a contender for that coveted role.

The earlier match being played on Friday, June 12, is the New Zealand Warriors v North Queensland Cowboys at Central Coast Stadium at 6pm local time.

Parramatta are flying at this early stage of the season, with their dominant defence conceding a miserly average of just 7.5 points a game. They will again be a tough nut to crack and regain hard-working lock Nathan Brown for this match.

Read on for our best bets and winner prediction for the Eels v Panthers clash in Sydney on Fridat, June 12.

Eels v Panthers odds

Start:7:55PM, Thursday, June 12 – Local Time
Venue:Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Head-to-head odds:Parramatta $1.45, Penrith $2.80
Line Betting:Parramatta (-6.5 points) $1.90, Penrith (+6.5 points) $1.90
Match total:36.5 points: over $1.90, under $1.90

Eels v Panthers free betting tips

Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for the Eels v Panthers clash.

Penrith to win at $2.80 with Unibet

While the Eels are sitting atop the ladder they are coming off a fortunate win against Manly and their previous three wins were against the Bulldogs, Titans and Broncos. We still have our doubts they are contenders so are happy to be on the underdogs here. Take the $2.80 with leading bookmaker Unibet.

Panthers +6.5 points/total over 36.5 points

This option is available at $3.85 with leading bookmaker Unibet. We are confident the Panthers will win outright, but we will take the start and also bet on a high-scoring match. The Panthers’ attack should really be helped by the return of tactical whiz Cleary.

Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers prediction

This is really one for the aficionado, with two powerful packs clashing as well as a couple of slick back lines. As mentioned we are not aboard the Eels’ bandwagon as yet; if Penrith happen to turn them over in good style they will rocket up the NRL premiership betting from their current mark around $15. We think they will. Good punting.

Eels v Panthers lowdown

How can I watch the Eels v Panthers clash?

Nine, Fox League and KAYO will telecast the game, or it can be streamed at

How can I bet on the Eels v Panthers clash?

All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.

What time does Friday’s Eels v Panthers game start?

The game will kick off at 7.55pm local time.

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