Defending champions Penrith Panthers will be looking to make it back-to-back titles win when they take on Parramatta Eels in the NRL Grand Final on Sunday. Get Bettingpro.com's best bets from the Grand Final.
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Rugby League Betting: NRL Grand Final Tips & Predictions: Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels (Sunday 09:30 BST)
The NRL Grand Final sees the ‘Battle of the West’ take place as Penrith Panthers take on Parramatta Eels at the Accor Stadium in Sydney
Penrith are the defending champions after beating South Sydney Rabbitohs, while this is Parramatta’s first Grand Final appearance since 2009.
The Panthers were crowned NRL champions in 1991, 2003 and 2021. The Eels have four titles to their name – before it was the NRL – with their last success coming way back in 1986.
Penrith defeated the Bunnies 32-12 in the preliminary finals after trailing 12-0 after 20 minutes. The Eels needed a 64th-minute try from Maika Sivo to see off the North Queensland Cowboys 24-20 to book their place in the Grand Final.
Taylan May has been ruled out for Penrith with a hamstring problem, meaning Charlie Staines takes over on the wing. Viliame Kikau and Staines have been cleared to play despite being charged with shoulder charge offences against Souths.
The Eels have been rocked with the news that Tom Opacic will miss the Grand Final after suffering a hamstring problem against Canberra Raiders in week two of the play-offs. Bailey Simonsson will wear the number four jersey.
I backed Penrith at the start of the season – it wasn’t a hard pick to be honest, they have some of the best players in the world with Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Brian To’o and Isaah Yeo. They were always going to be in with a shot.
I am backing them to be too strong for the Eels. Parramatta have done well to get to the Grand Final, but I expect the Panthers to win this by 13+ points with a late surge.
There should be some tries in this one with a number of exciting players on show. To’o is an explosive runner for Penrith, and I am backing him to score, while Sivo on the wing for Parra will be determined to get in on the act. Back both of them to score tries.
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