BRONCOS V PANTHERS (Friday night, Suncorp Stadium)

Have the Broncos broken out of their mid-season slump?

Many experts are saying ‘yes’, however, we will get a better indication after Friday night’s clash against the Panthers.

Brisbane had lost five of their last six games prior to beating Souths in Sydney last week by 30-10. It was just the second time during that run that they had scored more than 20 points.

PRETTY PANTHERS

Penrith have impressed many punters this season with the youthful outfit being highly competitive in almost every fixture they’ve competed in. A whopping 14 of the Panthers’ 17 games this season have been decided by eight points or less, making them one of the hardest sides in the comp to beat.

They will have a bit of confidence about them heading to Suncorp as they’ve troubled the Broncos in recent times winning five of their last eight counters including a 23-22 victory back in Round 3.

HOW IT WILL PAN OUT

Brisbane have only lost twice at home this season. The first was a narrow one-point loss at the hands of the Wests Tigers when they were Origin affected while their last hit out at home resulted in a 42-point flogging at the hands of the Storm. That last game really highlighted how far down the pecking order the Broncos have fallen over the last two months, especially when you consider they were competition leaders for the majority of the first half of the season.

For Penrith it will be a case of throwing everything but the kitchen sink at their rivals as they are sitting in ninth spot on the table and need to continue picking up points in their quest for a Top 8 spot.

THE VERDICT

We don’t think there is much between these sides but are tipping the Broncos even though they will be without ‘Mr Reliable’, Matt Gillett.

The value bet for this game will be a 1-12 Winning Margin result either side while if you fancy an exotic bet, take the Panthers to Score First Try. Brisbane has failed to score a point inside the opening 20 minutes in five of their past seven matches.
Brisbane Broncos 1-12 - 1pt @ 3.00
Penrith Panters 1-12 - 1pt @ 5.00
Penrith Panthers - 1pt @ 2.55