2019 NRL – Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs taking place? Thursday 22nd August, 10:50

Where is Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs taking place? Bankwest Stadium

What channel is Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

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

Where can I get tickets for Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs?
Parramatta Eels – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500031

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500010

THE TEAM NEWS

PARRAMATTA EELS

Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Starting 13: Gutherson, Sivo, M. Jennings, Blake, Takairangi, D. Brown, Moses, Evans, Mahoney, Paulo, Lane, Ma’u, N. Brown – Interchanges: Terepo, Gower, Alvaro, Niukore – Reserves: Moeroa, G. Jennings, Utokamanu, Salmon

Unavailable: Ray Stone, Blake Ferguson

  • Parramatta made it seven wins from their last eight as they brushed Gold Coast aside to all-but seal their play-off berth and the Eels’ form has now put them within touching distance of an unlikely shot at the top 4.

  • Junior Paulo was a late withdrawal for the Eels last week after suffering an ankle injury but he should be fit enough to return here and he has been named in the run-on side at prop which sees Daniel Alvaro drop to the bench.

  • Tepai Moeroa is the man to make way in an otherwise unchanged team for the in-form Eels who will put plenty of pressure on the other teams chasing a place in the top 4 as a win here would propel them above their rivals into that fourth spot.

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Meaney, Holland, Hopoate, R. Smith, Foran, Lewis, Tolman, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Harawira-Naera, Elliott – Interchanges: Cogger, Toomaga, Faitala-Mariner, C. Smith – Reserves: Fualalo, Harper, Lichaa, Ogden

Unavailable: Sauaso Sue, Marcelo Montoya

  • Canterbury put in another solid display as they prevented South Sydney from scoring a try for their third victory in a row but their winning run will come under threat here as they head to an in-form Parramatta that have only lost two of their last 10 matches.

  • The Bulldogs were finally able to recall Kieran Foran last week and he will line-up in the halves alongside Lachlan Lewis once again which means Jack Cogger will have to settle for a spot on the bench.

  • Head coach Dean Pay has opted to name the same 17 that were victorious last week and that sees Adam Elliott retain his position at lock after an impressive return to the side from injury.

THE PREDICTION

Parramatta can seal their spot in the top 8 with victory over Canterbury but it will not be an easy task with the Bulldogs winning three on the spin. However, the Eels are also in great form and have only lost one of their last seven clashes with the Bulldogs which should see them edge this. The Eels have also been very strong on home soil this season and have earned more wins than any other side from designated home games which will make it even more difficult for the Bulldogs.

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