NRL Saturday: Wests Tigers v Panthers, predictions & odds, round 8, 2020
Seventh-placed Wests Tigers host the second-placed Penrith Panthers in the best match on Saturday in the NRL.
The Tigers have flown under the radar a little with four wins and three losses from their seven games but a win here would really thrust them into finals discussions.
It won’t be easy against the in-form Panthers, who are at full strength and have dispatched the Melbourne Storm 21-14 and Souths 20-12 in the their past couple of matches.
Meanwhile, the Tigers thrashed the Cowboys 36-20 and the Bulldogs 34-6 but this looms as a more serious test of their credentials.
In the earlier matches on NRL Super Saturday, the 13th-placed Titans host the 11th-placed Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium from 3pm, and the New Zealand Warriors and Brisbane Broncos clash at Central Coast Stadium at 5.30pm.
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Wests Tigers and Penrith met twice in 2019 for a 9-8 win to the Panthers and a 30-4 romp to the Tigers the second time around when the Tigers scored five tries in the opening 20 minutes.
The Panthers’ defence has come a long way since then, but it’s also a reminder of how free-scoring the Tigers can be.
Wests Tigers head into this match with an unchanged side, while the Panthers regain powerful winger John Mansour after a knee injury.
Read on for our best bets and winner prediction for the Wests Tigers v Panthers clash at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday, July4.
Wests Tigers v Panthers odds
Kick-off: 7.35pm local time
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Head to head odds: Wests Tigers $2.60, Penrith $1.52
Line betting: Wests Tigers (+4.5 points) $1.90, Penrith (-4.5 points) $1.91
Match total: 36.5 points: over $1.93, under $1.87
Wests Tigers v Panthers free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for the Wests Tigers v Penrith clash.
Wests Tigers +4.5 points/match total over 36.5 points
The option in the doubles markets is paying $3.90 with Unibet and it’s one we are happy to be on. The Tigers get the chance on the big stage in this match on a Saturday night and we expect them to show that they are deserving of a spot in the finals.
David Nofoaluma to score a try
Wests Tigers winger Nofoaluma has been in dazzling form, leading the NRL in tackle busts and he has also scored eight tries already, the equal second-most in the competition behind Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt (9). It will be no surprise to see Nofoaluma crash over and he is at $2.10 to score a try at any time.
Wests Tigers v Penrith Panthers prediction
The Panthers have won five of the past six clashes between these teams but were embarrassed the last time they met. They are a serious football team, but we love the way the Tigers have been playing at times and this should be a highly entertaining contest. They are are very hard to contain, so we can see the Panthers being forced to thrown caution to the wind a little to match that flare. Wests Tigers by six points in an upset. Good punting.
Wests Tigers v Panthers lowdown
Fox League and KAYO will telecast the game, or it can be streamed at NRL.com.
All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.
The game will kick off at 7.35pm local time.
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