NRL Round 17 Betting: Penrith Panthers Vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – Saturday 2nd of July 2011
The lone Saturday fixture will have the Panthers hosting fellow Sydney Club Bulldogs at the Foot of the Mountains, Centrebet Stadium. The Panthers and Bulldogs are both coming off good wins in round 16. The Panthers showed new coach Georgallis and the fans that they are serious about 2011 with a good win against the Cowboys 30-20. The Bulldogs were able to maintain their excellent form at Campbelltown Stadium in a controlling win over the Tigers, getting up 16-6, only allowing the one try in the last 10 minutes of play.
The Bulldogs have a good overall record against the Panthers with 46 won, 31 lost and 3 draws. The rub of the green has been with the Panthers recently though, with both of last year’s games being won by Penrith, as well as 7 of the last 10.
Both Teams are missing players due to Origin commitments; let’s take a look at who is most affected.
So the Panthers are without Petero Fridge and a Freezer as well as lock/utility Luke Lewis. Both of these players are irreplaceable in their respective positions and they lose a lot of form here. Petero scored the Front Rower’s try of the season against the Cowboys as he pulled off one of the best left foot steps we will see all year from any player.
The Panthers record at home is 4-3, 3 of these wins coming from their last 3 at home with Gould as Director of coaching. So with a win here they will make it 4 in a row at home.
The Bulldogs are missing just one player through Hooker Michael Ennis. They were without Ennis after Origin 2 in Round 15 against the Sharks at home, and lost that by 26-10 for their 3rd home loss of the season. They were also without him before Origin 1 against the Raiders, another loss with 20-12 being the score line. So without Ennis this they don’t look to be going too great.
The Bulldogs season has been the most inconsistent of any club. They started well but since then they have been losing at a rate of 2 for every 3 played. The attack of this club is what is letting them down. They have managed just 13 PPG over the last 6 matches, this is enough to beat the bottom feeders, but nowhere near enough to beat a team with any inkling of class. On the other hand the Panthers have scored 23 PPG over the last 6 weeks.
The Panthers are going to get up in a close one here. The Panthers are probably losing more firepower due to Origin, and have a few more central players out injured, but with Gould at the helm they have been good and are in better form than the Doggies. Panthers 1-12.
The Bulldogs are heavy favourites in this one, which means that the Panthers are paying well at $2.52 for the H2H win. For 1-12 get on the Panthers through Centrebet for $3.70.