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2019 NRL Round 22 betting preview – Broncos vs Panthers

Broncos vs Panthers NRL Round 22 betting tips

Brisbane Broncos – $1.68
Penrith Panthers – $2.15

The winner of Friday’s clash at Suncorp Stadium will have one foot in the 2019 NRL finals, while the loser could finish the week outside the top eight.

Fans of the Brisbane Broncos will want to see a much-improved performance after their scrappy win over North Queensland.


The Penrith Panthers were forced to blood some youngsters last week, but they acquitted themselves well in a 26-20 victory over Cronulla.

A couple of those impressive rookies may have to make way as the Panthers bring back some of their heavy hitters for the trip to Queensland.

Brisbane Broncos Round 22 team news

The Broncos have named the same 17 that scraped past the Cowboys last week, but there could be one or two late changes. Izaia Perese is a chance to make his NRL debut, while Matt Gillett is close to returning from a back injury.

Out: None
In: None

Penrith Panthers Round 22 team news

James Maloney is back from suspension, which sees Matt Burton step aside after a strong debut in the halves. Isaah Yeo is named at lock, pushing Moses Leota back to the bench. Stephen Crichton and Spencer Leniu both keep their starting spots.

Out: Matt Burton
In: James Maloney

Broncos vs Panthers tryscorer betting tips

Corey Oates – If you are going to back a Bronco, it has to be Oates. The Queensland winger has scored in all but seven games this year, which is why Sportsbet has him as the $7.50 favourite for the first try.

Brent Naden – Penrith’s rookie centre is enjoying a prolific debut season and added to his tally with the opener against the Sharks. The $2.60 at Sportsbet for Naden to score a try at any time looks a very good bet.

Broncos vs Panthers NRL stats and trends

Broncos vs Panthers betting predictions

Penrith Panthers by 1-12 points – $3.40 at Sportsbet

Penrith’s debutantes grabbed the headlines last week, but it was also one of Nathan Cleary’s best games for the season. With their gun five-eighth back, the Panthers should have too much class for a Brisbane side that has struggled for consistency all year.