The Penrith Panthers will look to remain unbeaten when they host a visiting New Zealand Warriors squad that will be looking to build on their first win of the season the last time out. With the Panthers looking to take care of business and the Warriors looking to play the role of road warriors, let’s find out where the best value lies in this intriguing pairing so you can place your bets against their NRL odds.
NRL Warriors vs Panthers Round 4
Why Bet On The Panthers
Penrith didn’t get the win, but they also didn’t lose in their entertaining 14-14 draw against the Newcastle Knights on Sunday. Panthers wingers Josh Mansour and Brian To’o combined for a whopping 538 meters while Api Koroisau had a game-high 61 tackles, but Penrith struggled without suspended star Nathan Cleary. Viliame Kikau and Kurt Capewell both had tries in the loss while Stephen Crichton added a pair of conversions. The Panthers have scored 66 points and allowed 56 through three games (+10).
Why Bet On The Warriors
New Zealand lost its first two games of the season, but the Warriors bounced back in a big way in their record-breaking 18-0 shutout win over the St. George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday. In the win, the Warriors became the first team in the NRL era to complete more than 40 consecutive sets. The Warriors were almost perfect making their first mistake in their 45th set.
Young forwards Jamayne Taunoa-Brown and Eliesa Katoa led the way to victory with both scoring a try in the first half. The bad news however is that the Warriors have been limited to just 24 points through three games while allowing an overly generous 64 points defensively (-40). Both figures rank next to last in the 16-team NRL.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While New Zealand is coming off a statement-making win the last time out, it’s important to keep in mind that they were playing a winless Dragons team that is 32 in the scoring department through three games. With that said, the Penrith Panthers simply will not roll over against New Zealand in this affair and I expect them to come out with a fantastic effort after settling for a draw in what once looked like a nearly surefire win over Newcastle the last time out. I like Penrith to take care of business on their home pitch against a new Zealand team they’ve outscored by 42 points so far this season.
Pick: Panthers 24 Warriors 12
General Game Info New Zealand Warriors (1-0-2) vs. Penrith Panthers (2-1-0)
- When: Friday, June 5, 2020 at 5:55 AM ET
- Where: Campbelltown Stadium
- Warriors vs Panthers Live: Fox
Telstra Premiership 2020 Round 4 Matches
- Roosters vs Broncos – Thursday 4th June, 05:50 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Rabbitohs vs Storm – Friday 5th June, 05:55 AM | AAMI Park, Melbourne
- Sea Eagles vs Eels – Saturday 6th June, 03:30 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Sharks vs Cowboys – Saturday 6th June, 05:35 AM | Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
- Knights vs Raiders – Sunday 7th June, 02:05 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Wests Tigers vs Titan – Sunday 7th June, 04:30 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Dragons vs Bulldogs – Monday 8th June, 02:05 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney