2019 NRL – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Parramatta Eels Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Saturday 8th June, 08:30

Where is Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Parramatta Eels taking place? PointsBet Stadium

What channel is Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Parramatta Eels on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Parramatta Eels?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Parramatta Eels?
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500028

Parramatta Eels – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500031

THE TEAM NEWS

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS

Head Coach: John Morris

Starting 13: Moylan, Feki, Xerri, Dugan, Gray, Flanagan, Townsend, Fifita, J. Brailey, Prior, Nikora, Capewell, Gallen – Interchanges: B. Brailey, Bukuya, Williams, Hamlin-Uele – Reserves: Sorensen, Katoa, Graham, Johnson

Unavailable: Aaron Woods, Shaun Johnson, Josh Morris

  • Cronulla enjoyed the week off following their derby win over St. George last time out as the Sharks start to get bodies back and they could have a fully-fit squad to choose from should they avoid injuries this week.

  • Wade Graham could be a late inclusion to make his first appearance of the year following an ACL injury after being named as a reserve but the game will come too soon for fellow reserve Shaun Johnson as the Sharks exercise some caution with his hamstring injury.

  • Veteran John Morris was left out of the side named earlier in the week due to head coach John Morris not wanting to put him through a second game in a week following his appearance for New South Wales in Origin.

PARRAMATTA EELS

Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Starting 13: Gutherson, Sivo, M. Jennings, Hoffman, Ferguson, Smith, Moses, Evans, Mahoney, Paulo, Lane, Ma’u, Moeroa – Interchanges: Terepo, Stone, Gower, Gower, Niukore – Reserves: Takairangi, G. Jennings, Mannah, N. Brown

Unavailable: Kaysa Pritchard, Dylan Brown

  • Parramatta bounced back in style after three consecutive losses as they defeated an under-strength South Sydney side last week with Cronulla next up for them in what will be a tricky contest for them.

  • The Eels have named an unchanged side following that win which means Tim Mannah, Brad Takairangi and George Jennings all miss out whilst Daniel Alvaro has not even made the list of reserves.

  • Nathan Brown moved a step closer to making a return after he was named as a reserve this week and whilst it appears unlikely that head coach Brad Arthur will change last week’s 17, he could be a late inclusion should he prove his fitness following a torn pectoral muscle.

THE PREDICTION

Cronulla are edging towards a fully-fit squad for the first time this season and could have long-term absentee Wade Graham back for this game after he was named as a reserve. He will not be joined by Shaun Johnson this week but the Sharks should still have too much on home soil. They will have enjoyed their week off because of the bye and should have plenty of energised players as a result and whilst Parramatta were impressive in victory last week, they face a Cronulla side that are almost full-strength which is a far cry from the South Sydney side they faced last week.