|Penrith Panthers vs Sydney Roosters NRL Betting Odds and Game Info|
|NRL betting odds||Panthers $1.77 at BetOnline | Roosters $2.15 at BetOnline|
|When||Friday, October 2 at 7:50pm AEST|
|Where||Panthers Stadium – Penrith, New South Wales|
|Watch live||Nine, Foxtel, Kayo, NRL Live Pass|
Panthers vs Roosters NRL Finals betting preview
This Friday night qualifying final is easily the pick of the matchups in the opening week of the 2020 NRL postseason.
If the Sydney Roosters win, a team who just had 60 put on them will be one game away from the NRL Grand Final.
If the Penrith Panthers win, there will no doubt be an avalanche of headlines and soundbites about the supposed decline of the Chooks.
Everybody is aware of Sydney’s credentials after back-to-back premierships, while many feel the Panthers still haven’t proved anything despite winning 15 games in a row.
Penrith did have a softer schedule than most other clubs, which has led to some apprehension among pundits who believe not enough has been asked of them.
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A COVID capacity sellout has fans in the Golden West primed to see their team take an enormous step towards premiership glory, and they will start as $1.77 favourites against the $2.15 Roosters.
This game isn’t like most other finals matchups where you have some measure of head-of-head form to go on, as these teams have not faced each other since round one – almost seven months ago.
The 1-12 margin for Penrith at the $2.80 price should be the way most punters lean, but the fourth seed has won this contest three times.
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Perhaps being written off by all and sundry will be a unique challenge for the usually favoured Roosters, so the $3.30 to win by fewer than 12 is great value if you’re sensing an upset.
Brian To’o crossed the stripe first for Penrith last week and leads that market at $9, while Stephen Crichton at $11 should also be considered.
On the Roosters side, you should look towards Brett Morris and Daniel Tupou (both $10) on the wings as Penrith’s outstanding defence will force the Chooks to play around them.
Best bets for Panthers vs Roosters
Penrith Panthers by 1-12 points
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