Mon, Aug 8, 12:01am by Staff Writer
Sydney Roosters head into Monday Night Football on the back of an emphatic 32-16 victory over the Brisbane Broncos. They will be hoping for another high profile scalp as they travel to face the Penrith Panthers. Penrith will have to overcome the heart break of a golden point loss to the New Zealand Warriors last time out. Ten points may separate the two sides on the ladder but that will count for little once these two foes take to the field.
Penrith remain on the cusp of the top eight and what should be a routine win here over the Roosters will see them continue their push for the finals. Sportsbet hold the Panthers as favourites priced at $1.62 in contrast to the Roosters at $2.35. That impressive win against the Broncos will have revitalised the Sydney squad but it is difficult to see them maintaining that form away from home at Pepper Stadium.
Sportsbet are offering odds for both sides on the winning margin with their Big Win Little Win odds. A Little Win of 1-12 points for Penrith stands as favourite at $3.00 with a Big Win (13+ points) in the Panthers favour at $3.30. For the Roosters to take home a Big Win the odds are stacked against them at $5.50 with a Little Win at $3.65. These two sides are likely to push each other all the way despite their significant difference on the ladder.
The outcome of the match could hinge on the performances of the two teams star wingers. Josh Mansour and Latrell Mitchell who will vie to put their side on top in the game and on the score sheet. Mitchell is edged out by Mansour as favourite to be first tryscorer with the Penrith man priced at $8.50 to the Roosters winger at $11.00.
Other options available on tryscorers in the match include the Super Sub odds on any interchange player scoring a try or not. $1.74 is the price for a sub to score a try whilst the interchange players failing to make an impact stands at $2.05. The backs and forwards are pitted against each other with the Jersey Number of First Try Scorer odds. The backs (No’s 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7) are priced at $1.28 and the forwards (No’s 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13) are at $3.60. Whilst the highly unlikely event of no try being scored is priced a huge $151.00.
The rivalry between these two sides means their positions on the ladder will of little consequence in terms of motivation. The Roosters would love nothing more than to put a dent in the Panthers push for the finals.
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