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The Panthers are always hard to beat at home. Picture: Mark Evans/news.com.au

Penrith Panthers v Canberra Raiders
Saturday April 5 – 4.35pm (AEST)
Centrebet Stadium


Form guide:
Panthers: WLWL
Raiders: LWLW

Things you need to know:
The Raiders will be looking to record their third win of the season following a strong display against a surprisingly lacklustre Rabbitohs last start. They have named an unchanged 17 with Shaun Fensom (elbow) and Joel Edwards (concussion) to be checked later in the week. The Panthers, last start losers to Parramatta, welcome back Tim Grant, Peter Wallace and Josh Mansour. Grant has been the subject of rumours naming him as the next high profile player forced out of the club. No so say Penrith. It will be interesting to see how he aims up for the rest of the season.

Reason to watch:
If Canberra can repeat the display they put on against South Sydney, it’s going to be something worth tuning into. Young gun Anthony Milford’s blinding skill set was there for all to see last week, scoring a try and setting one up with a deft kick. You don't want to take your eye off this kid for a second.

Reason to turn away:
Milford is a bloody Queenslander. Not good news for those long-suffering NSW fans among us.

Say what:
"It is my hope and I'm sure Tim's hope, that he gets to play many more years with the Panthers, and that would be the best result for all concerned." – Gus Gould plays spin doctor on the future of Tim Grant.

Final word:
This is going to be another tough match to pick. The Raiders' patchy form on the road ultimately weighs against them. Panthers by 4.

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