Penrith Panthers vs NQ Cowboys Predictions and Betting Tips
🏈 NRL Round 27 Match Preview
⏰ 2 September 2023 - 17:30 AEST
🏟 Stadium - BlueBet Stadium
The high-flying Penrith Panthers will host the North Queensland Cowboys this Saturday night in a blockbuster clash between two of the NRL's premiership heavyweights. The match between the Panthers and Cowboys will kick off at 5:30 pm AEST on 02/09/2023 at BlueBet Stadium in Penrith.
Based on odds compiled from 3 different Aus betting sites, the bookies have installed Penrith as a strong $1.27 favourite to beat the Cowboys on home turf.
Sitting comfortably on top of the ladder, the Panthers will be looking to flex their muscles against a Cowboys side also pushing for a top-four spot. This looms as a mouth-watering contest between two finals-bound powerhouses.
The Panthers and Cowboys will both know their fate heading into Saturday night's blockbuster at the foot of the mountains. If the Storm can beat the Broncos on Thursday night, the Panthers know a win will secure them another minor premiership.
Meanwhile, if the Roosters can beat the Rabbitohs on Friday night, the Cowboys can lock down a finals spot with an upset here. Even with a Souths win, the Cowboys can make the finals if the Raiders lose to the Sharks on Sunday arvo.
Penrith have wrapped up a home final, but Ivan Cleary will demand a big performance in this encounter after his side dished up their most lacklustre display in years last week, falling to the Eels 32-18 at home. The Panthers have named Dylan Edwards, Sunia Turuva and Scott Sorensen to return for this game, with Jack Cogger slotting in at five-eighth for the injured Jarome Luai.
North Queensland snapped a three-game losing streak with a comprehensive 34-10 win over the Dolphins to keep their season alive last week, but beating the Panthers on the road is the toughest test in the comp, so they may have left it too late.
Penrith Panthers vs NQ Cowboys Head-to-Head
The Penrith Panthers and North Queensland Cowboys have enjoyed an even and intense rivalry in recent head-to-head clashes. Over the last 8 years, these finals contenders have met 12 times, with both teams winning 6 of those hard-fought contests each. Neither club has been able to establish a period of dominance, with the ledger locked at 6-6 over the past 8 seasons. With none of their recent 12 matchups ending in a draw, this Saturday's showdown at BlueBet Stadium shapes as another tight tussle between the two heavyweights. Their evenly-matched head-to-head record suggests this will be a very close contest.
Penrith Panthers Performance
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟥 The Penrith Panthers come into this match in strong form, having won 4 of their past 5 games while only suffering 1 narrow loss during that period. Sitting comfortably atop the ladder, Penrith's sole defeat came in golden point against rivals Parramatta. With a solid record of 4 wins and 1 loss from their last 5 games, the Panthers will enter the clash with the Cowboys full of confidence as they push for the minor premiership. Their string of victories against contenders proves Penrith remain the team to beat.
NQ Cowboys Performance
🟩🟥🟥🟥🟩 The North Queensland Cowboys enter this match with mixed form, having won just 2 of their past 5 games. With 3 losses in their last 5 outings, the Cowboys have struggled for consistency in the run into the finals. Currently sitting 5th, North Queensland will need to improve on their recent record of 2 wins and 3 losses from their last 5 matches if they are to lock up a top-four berth. Their up-and-down form line means the Cowboys could be vulnerable against the consistent table-topping Panthers.
📋 Players to watch:
- Brian To'o has scored 14 tries in last 10 games at BlueBet Stadium
- Tyrone Peachey has scored eight tries in last 10 games
- Kyle Feldt has scored nine tries from 12 games vs Panthers
- Stephen Crichton has scored a try in six of last eight games
⚡ Match Facts:
- Panthers haven’t lost back-to-back home games since 2019
- Cowboys haven’t won at BlueBet Stadium since 2016
- Panthers’ last seven wins have been by 10+ points
- Panthers have kept opponents to 14 points or less in four of last five games
- Cowboys have scored 14 points or less in last three defeats
💡 Match Prediction:
According to the forecasts, the high-flying Penrith Panthers are strong favourites to defeat the inconsistent North Queensland Cowboys. The probabilities point to a likely Panthers victory at a huge 86.2% compared to just 13.8% for the Cowboys. This is reflected in the lopsided bookmakers' odds which have Penrith at $1.16, while North Queensland are clear outsiders at $7.25.
The prediction indicates the Panthers will beat the Cowboys by a sizeable margin of around 21 points on Saturday night. Given Penrith's dominance atop the ladder and superior recent form, the forecast appears highly logical in backing to win comfortably at home.
Panthers vs NQ Cowboys Prediction: 38 - 17
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