The Penrith Panthers have been one of the standout teams in the NRL over the opening months of the season, and they will be looking to strengthen their position at the top of the rugby standings this weekend. They could move clear of the Sharks and Broncos with a home win.
However, the St. George Illawarra Dragons will be looking to improve their own position as they remain bottom of the standings. You can find the latest rugby odds and our Panthers vs Dragons prediction here.
Penrith Panthers vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons Information
Penrith Panthers vs St George Illawarra Dragons
Location of the Game: Penrith Stadium, New South Wales, Australia.
Date and Time: Sunday, June 4. 4:15 A.M. ET.
How to Watch: NRL Player
Penrith Panthers vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons Recent Scores
These two teams have clashed in the NRL on 37 occasions since 1998. The Dragons hold an advantage across previous meetings, as they have recorded 20 wins compared to the 17 victories recorded by the Panthers.
However, each of the last two clashes between the teams has been won by the Panthers, including a 20-16 success in March 2022.
Penrith Panthers vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons Betting Analysis
Penrith Panthers Facts To Know
It has been an eye-catching start to the season for the Panthers, as they have already put down a firm marker for a playoff spot this term. However, they are regularly featured among the popular rugby league predictions to do better than just finish in the top eight this term, as they could be a solid contender to win the whole competition.
They come into this fixture at the top of the standings, having won seven of their last eleven matches. Meanwhile, no side in the NRL can boast a better points difference at this stage of the season. The Panthers continued their excellent run of form on May 18, as they collected a third straight victory when they recorded a 15-4 win away from home against the Broncos.
St. George Illawarra Dragons Facts To Know
While the confidence will be high within the Panthers camp, the same can’t be said of the Dragons. They come into this fixture sitting at the bottom of the standings, having won just three from their opening 12 matches this season. However, there could still be a belief within this side that they will be able to get a result this weekend.
Ryan Carr masterminded a rare win over the Roosters in his first match in charge, but they were easily outlasted by the Dolphins in their previous match. The Dragons have landed just one victory in their previous six away games against the Panthers, while they have also lost seven from seven on their travels in the NRL this season. Both of those factors are damning when it comes to making a Panthers vs Dragons prediction.
The Panthers have no fresh injury issues, but Ivan Cleary will likely rest Origin stars Nathan Cleary, Liam Martin, and Isaah Yeo. Meanwhile, the Dragons will have Ben Hunt fit enough to start, and Jaydn Su’A also returns from injury.
Penrith Panthers vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons Betting Preview
- Penrith Panthers: -667
- St. George Illawarra Dragons: +450
- Penrith Panthers (-14.5): -110
- St. George Illawarra Dragons (+14.5): -110
- Total Points: Over 41.5 (-118) Under 41.5 (-104)
Penrith Panthers vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons Betting Prediction
This looks to be a very tall order for the Dragons based on their struggling form this term, which means that we find it very challenging to overlook the hosts when it comes to our Panthers vs Dragons prediction.
We expect the hosts to encounter a few issues this weekend as they register a fourth straight win in the NRL.
- Pick: Penrith Panthers (-14.5) (-110)