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CrownBet Match Preview: Round 22

Dan Talintyre (Twitter: @dantalintyre)

Wests Tigers will head to the foot of the mountains to take on the Penrith Panthers this Sunday full of confidence after a convincing last-start victory.

Having threatened to upset a number of quality teams in recent weeks, Ivan Cleary’s men finally produced the 80-minute performance they’ve been capable of — turning on the pressure in defence to walk away with a strong 26-4 win over the Gold Coast Titans.

After essentially ending the Titans’ finals hopes with that win, they’ll now head to Penrith with the goal of doing the same; Anthony Griffin’s men currently sit level on 24 points with the 8th placed Dragons and two points behind the 7th placed Sea Eagles.

Even with defeat, Penrith’s finals hopes would be far from over with games against the Raiders (10th), Dragons (8th) and Sea Eagles (7th) to close out the year, but Griffin’s side won’t want to give up any momentum having strung four wins in a row together.

Their last start win over the Bulldogs was far from pretty, but was the right result in the end, and they’ll no doubt be looking to produce another similar performance this week.

Penrith will again be without captain Matt Moylan as he struggles with a hamstring injury, with Tyrone May named in the halves alongside Nathan Cleary as per the last few weeks.

Dean Whare could return to the side, however, after making a successful comeback from a jaw injury last week in Intrust Super Premiership. Should he return on Sunday, that could see Tyrone Peachey return back to the bench, or another outside back drop out of the side.

For Wests Tigers, Cleary has named the same 17 players that got the job done on the Gold Coast, with Josh Aloiai and Joel Edwards retained in the 19-man squad as reserve players.

Wests Tigers have only won of their past five games against the Penrith Panthers, but surprisingly, have won three of the last four games played out at Pepper Stadium.

Be there as Sunday afternoon footy returns to Leichhardt Oval against the Sea Eagles!

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Sunday, August 6, 2017

Time — 4:00pm AEST

Venue — Pepper Stadium, Penrith

 

TV, LIVE STREAM AND RADIO INFORMATION

TV — Live via Channel 9 and Fox League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M

Live Stream — Live via Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referees — Gavin Badger and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

Touch Judges — David Munro and Phil Henderson

Video Referees — Ben Cummins and Luke Patten

 

LATEST CROWNBET ODDS

Head-to-Head — Wests Tigers ($3.65), Penrith ($1.30)

Line — Wests Tigers +10.0 ($1.92), Penrith -10.0 ($1.92)

Latest odds via CrownBet.com.au (18+ only, gamble responsibly)

Odds correct as of Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 12:00pm

 

TEAM NEWS

Wests Tigers

No changes for Wests Tigers this week after a last start win over the Gold Coast Titans, with Josh Aloiai and Joel Edwards retained in the 19-man squad as reserve players.

 

Penrith Panthers

Moses Leota returns at lock in place of Leilani Latu (jaw) in the only change to the Panthers’ team from last week. Dean Whare (jaw) could still return after being retained in the squad.
 

Team Lists Update

4:00pm, Tuesday — 21-man squads announced — Click here!

4:00pm, Saturday — 19-man squads announced — Click here!

3:00pm, Sunday — Final 17-man team lists announced

 

RECENT RESULTS

Wests Tigers

Round 17 — Wests Tigers 33 def. Newcastle Knights 12

Round 18 — BYE

Round 19 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 28 def. Wests Tigers 16

Round 20 — Parramatta Eels 17 def. Wests Tigers 16

Round 21 — Wests Tigers 26 def. Gold Coast Titans 4

Penrith Panthers

Round 17 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 42 def. Penrith Panthers 14

Round 18 — Penrith Panthers 16 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 8

Round 19 — Penrith Panthers 34 def. New Zealand Warriors 22

Round 20 — Penrith Panthers 24 def. Gold Coast Titans 16

Round 21 — Penrith Panthers 16 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8

 

THE HISTORY

·       Head-to-Head — Played 30, Wests Tigers 12, Penrith 18

·       At Pepper Stadium — Played 14, Wests Tigers 5, Penrith 9

·       Last Time They Met — Penrith Panthers 36 def. Wests Tigers 2 (Rd.2, 2017)

 

TEAM MATCHUP

 

Wests Tigers

Penrith Panthers

Position

15th (14 points)

9th (24 points)

Home Form

Won 1, Lost 8

Won 6, Lost 3

Away Form

Won 4, Lost 6

Won 4, Lost 6

Points Scored

309 points (15th)

400 points (7th)

Points Conceded

457 points (14th)

363 points (8th)