NRL betting (round 21 for July 27): Dogs alarming slide to continue

Updated: July 27, 2017

Our own NRL front-rower James Potter of expects the Penrith Panthers to inflict more misery on the Bulldogs when they kick-off round 21 of the Telstra Premiership at Pepper Stadium tonight – latest NRL standings here


NRL round 21: Penrith Panthers (9-9) v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (7-11)
Where: Pepper Stadium, Penrith, NSW
When: Thursday, July 27, 7.50pm (AET)
Line: Panthers -5.5, O/U 37.5

Confirmed bets: Panthers -5.5 (two units @ $1.91), -37.5/total (one unit @ $1.90)

TIW says: These teams come into the match in contrasting form, the Panthers winning their past three and the Bulldogs doing their best to see off coach Des Hasler with only two wins from their past five outings. How much the players want Hasler in the picture might become clearer in coming weeks, starting with this game against Penrith. Matt Moylan (pictured below) is a big loss for the home side but they should still have enough strike power to trouble the Dogs.

The Panthers’ finals hopes may have taken a hit with St George Illawarra’s big win over the Sea Eagles on the weekend, but Anthony Griffin’s side will benefit from playing their next three games on home turf at Pepper Stadium. After an impressive NRL debut a fortnight ago, Tyrone May will partner Nathan Cleary in the halves. Injured pair Bryce Cartwright and Dean Whare have been named on the reserves list but all indications are that Griffin will stick with the starting 17. Back in round 13 when the Panthers put Canterbury to the sword 38-0 at ANZ Stadium in a game that put more heat on Hasler’s future at Belmore.


Canterbury have fallen to 13th on the ladder with a 7-11 record. They have won just two of their past nine games and were embarrassed 42-12 by the Broncos last Thursday. The Bulldogs have the worst attack in the NRL with key numbers indicating their attack is among the worst ever in the NRL era. They’ve scored just 252 points for the season to date at an average clip of just 14 per game. The Bulldogs received a boost with James Graham named to return after a month on the sidelines with a neck complaint.

His return shifts Danny Fualalo to the bench and Francis Tualau out of the side. The Bulldogs have bounced back twice this season after a heavy defeat and with the Panthers on a short five-day turnaround they’re at least some chance of scoring an upset. Canterbury beat the Panthers in the corresponding fixture last season on the siren with Kerrod Holland kicking the conversion from the sideline, however the home side have won six of the past nine against the Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium. Penrith have covered four in a row when favoured at home by 5.5 or more.



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); best AU price available is quoted, correct at time of publication. Results/comments on this week’s games will follow in the next post.

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