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The Panthers lost just their second match since round two of the 2020 season last weekend, and there seems some chance another defeat is on the way.

On balance, the tipsters at NRL.com still expect them to win Friday night's match against the Sharks, but they aren't the prohibitive favourites they usually are.

In other matches of note, the out-of-sorts Raiders have been warmly backed against the Broncos. The same applies to an Eels team that will face a Wests Tigers outfit that has shown some good form of late.

Of the other matches to be played this weekend, both the Roosters and Rabbitohs are unanimous selections.

On the tipping leaderboard, NRL Teams host Niav Owens and Fantasy NRL mystery man Lone Scout remain in a share of top spot. They enjoy a three-point lead over the chasing pack.

Remember, it's not too late to sign up for NRL Tipping.

Anyone can start or join a "comp" to compete against family, friends and colleagues – all you need to get started is to sign up for a free NRL account.

You can also add an expert tipster to your own competition with your friends - you can select from the likes of former premiership winners Brett Kimmorley, Steve Renouf, Robbie Farah and Jamie Soward, NRL.com's Zac Bailey and Chris Kennedy, former Wests Tigers fullback Joel Caine and Ladies Who League's Mary Konstantopoulos.

Hunt eager to play five-eighth long-term

Simply click on "Add Celebrity Teams" when you are creating your competition and choose who you'd like to add.

If you need help on how each team is travelling, Jamie Soward's Power Rankings is the best place to go for an accurate gauge on who's travelling well and who's doing not so well.

 

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