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NRL: Panthers and Dragons clash on triple-header Sunday

It’s a busy day of NRL action on Sunday with three matches taking place, including frontrunners Penrith Panthers hosting strugglers St George/Illawarra Dragons.

The Panthers have named their State of Origin stars in their squad, meaning the Dragons have a mighty challenge if they are to come away from Penrith with the spoils. 

Sunday also throws up two other intriguing contests as Sydney Roosters host the Canterbury Bulldogs and North Queensland Cowboys welcome Melbourne Storm to Townsville. 

Panthers taking no chances against the Dragons

WhatPenrith Panthers v St George/Illawarra Dragons
WherePenrith Stadium, Penrith
When18:15 (AEST), Sunday 4th June 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsPenrith Panthers 1.11, St George/Illawarra Dragons 6.50

Panthers boss Ivan Cleary has named the same 17 that overcome the Brisbane Broncos in Round 12, with his entire roster of Origin stars named in the squad. 

Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Liam Martin, Stephen Crichton, Isaah Yeo and Brian To'o are all set to feature, meaning an uphill battle for the visitors. 

The Dragons suffered a 26-12 defeat at the Dolphins last time out and will need to produce something special to cause an upset this weekend. 

Skipper Ben Hunt is back in the half-backs but it’s hard to see the Dragons coming away with the win. Looking at the Line market, Penrith are available at 1.95 to fall on the right side of the -18.5 point handicap.

Roosters can’t afford slip-up

WhatSydney Roosters v Canterbury Bulldogs
WhereAllianz Stadium, Sydney
When18:15 (AEST), Sunday 4th June 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsSydney Roosters 1.27, Canterbury Bulldogs 3.75

Down in 10th place leading into the weekend’s games, Sydney Rooster can’t afford too many more mistakes if they are to stand any chance of challenging for the title this season. 

Tries have been the issue for the Roosters as they have only managed an average of just 16 points per game through 11 matches. 

That’s in contrast to the 26.4ppg they posted last season on their way to a sixth-place finish at the end of the regular campaign. 

Sydney should have too much quality for the Bulldogs but due to their struggles in attack, Canterbury are worth looking at in the Line market. 

The visitors are available at 1.91 to come out on top with the bonus of a +10.5 point head start. 

Storm building momentum

WhatNorth Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm
WhereQueensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
When16:05 (AEST), Sunday 4th June 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsNorth Queensland Cowboys 2.75, Melbourne Storm 1.45

After back-to-back wins over the Broncos and Dolphins, Melbourne Storm will fancy their chances as they prepare to face the North Queensland Cowboys

The Storm head to Townsville as one of the teams challenging at the top end of the standings and looking in good form. 

As for the Cowboys, only the Dragons and Wests Tigers have recorded fewer wins in the NRL this season. 

Another one-sided affair might well be on the cards in this one, with Melbourne at 1.91 to win with -7.5 in the Line market. 

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