Are the Penrith Panthers the real deal?
After two years in the lower half of the eight, people are expecting to see further improvement from the western suburbs club in 2019.
Will Penrith lift again with Ivan Cleary back at the helm? Let’s see how the NRL outright betting markets are shaping up at the bookies.
About the Penrith Panthers
|Home ground:||Panthers Stadium|
|Premierships:||Two – 1991, 2003|
|2018 ladder finish:||Fifth (15-9)|
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Updated Penrith Panthers futures odds
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|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds|
|Feb||$10||$1.45||$2.40||N Cleary $26|
|Mar||$9||$1.40||$2.50||N Cleary $26|
|Apr||$17||$1.85||$5||N Cleary $34|
|May||$31||$2.30||$8||N Cleary $51|
|Jun||$51||$4||$34||J Maloney $151|
Best Penrith Panthers bets for NRL 2019
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for Penrith, but where are they likely to return some real value?
Click on the tabs below to get more analysis on these markets:
- The first priority for the Panthers is to make it past the semis, where they have fallen flat the last two years. Then, and only then, can they start talking about a premiership challenge. Beyond Sydney and Melbourne, Penrith are as good a bet as any.
- Expect another fierce fight for the double chance. The Panthers missed out on percentage alone last year and, along with St George Illawarra, look the most likely to crack into the top four this time around.
- Nathan Cleary is Penrith’s best bet for the Dally M Medal. Also have a look at James Maloney, who was impressive in his first season at Panthers Stadium and could poll well if he avoids injury this year.
2019 Penrith Panthers NRL draw
|1||Parramatta Eels||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, March 17||4:05pm|
|2||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Saturday, March 23||5:30pm|
|3||Melbourne Storm||Carrington Park||Saturday, March 30||7:35pm|
|4||Wests Tigers||Panthers Stadium||Friday, April 5||7:55pm|
|5||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Friday, April 12||6pm|
|6||Cronulla Sharks||Shark Park||Thursday, April 18||7:50pm|
|7||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Panthers Stadium||Friday, April 26||7:55pm|
|8||Canberra Raiders||McDonalds Park||Saturday, May 4||3pm|
|9||Wests Tigers||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 10||6pm|
|10||New Zealand Warriors||Panthers Stadium||Friday, May 17||6pm|
|11||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Thursday, May 23||7:50pm|
|12||Manly Sea Eagles||Panthers Stadium||Thursday, May 30||7:50pm|
|13||Sydney Roosters||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, June 9||4:05pm|
|14||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, June 15||5:30pm|
|15||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Sunday, June 30||2pm|
|17||Gold Coast Titans||Panthers Stadium||Friday, July 12||6pm|
|18||St George Illawarra Dragons||Panthers Stadium||Friday, July 19||7:55pm|
|19||Canberra Raiders||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, July 28||4:05pm|
|20||Canterbury Bulldogs||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, August 3||5:30pm|
|21||Cronulla Sharks||Panthers Stadium||Friday, August 9||7:55pm|
|22||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, August 16||7:55pm|
|23||North Queensland Cowboys||1300SMILES Stadium||Friday, August 23||6pm|
|24||Sydney Roosters||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, August 31||7:35pm|
|25||Newcastle Knights||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, September 8||4:05pm|
Panthers players to watch in 2019
Not even the most jaded of football fans could accuse Panthers coach Ivan Cleary of nepotism when it comes to his superstar son. At 21 years of age, Nathan is already a certified gun and will only get better with each season.
The Maloney-Moylan trade worked superbly for Penrith last season as their new skipper took to life in the west like a duck to water. Another season like that will put the veteran playmaker in the mix for Dally M honours.
A serious shoulder injury ended Edwards’ 2018 campaign after only eight games. The young fullback was a breakout star the year before and could be the difference if he finds that form again in 2019.
Penrith Panthers records and stats
- Most games: 244 – Steve Carter (1988-2001)
Most career points: 1572 – Ryan Girdler (1993-2004)
Most points in a match: 30 – Michael Gordon (2010)
- Most consecutive wins: Eight (2003)
Most consecutive losses: 10 (1972)
Biggest winning margin: 72-12 (vs. Sea Eagles, 2004)
Biggest losing margin: 7-70 (vs. Sea Eagles, 1973)
Biggest comeback win: 8-31 to 32-31 (vs. Tigers, 2000)
- The Penrith Panthers were one of three teams vying for admission to the New South Wales Rugby League in 1967. The others were the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Wentworthville Magpies. Maybe it was only because Western Suburbs already had ownership of the black and white, but the Panthers and the Sharks got the nod.
Penrith’s outer-west location proved problematic in the early years. The league’s best players preferred to stay and play in the inner city and beachside suburbs, so the Panthers had little choice but to develop their own talent at grassroots level. Those efforts began to pay dividends in 1985 when the likes of Greg Alexander and Royce Simmons helped the club to its first-ever finals campaign.
The best was yet to come. Sustained improvement in the late ’80s allowed Penrith to attract star talents such as Brad Fittler, Mark Geyer and John Cartwright. A maiden NRL Grand Final appearance arrived in 1990, but it was the Canberra Raiders who emerged victorious on that occasion. The mourning period was a short one, however, and in 1991 the Panthers broke their duck and reaped revenge all at once with a 19-12 win over the Raiders.
Penrith have endured plenty of ups and downs since then. The likes of Fittler and Geyer left the club soon after the ’91 flag, while coach Phil Gould only lasted until ’94. A second premiership arrived in 2003 – to date, the Panthers’ last appearance in the big dance.
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