2020 NRL – Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Sunday 12th July, 2020 – 07:05 (UK)

Where is Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels taking place? McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

What is the expected weather for Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels? 16c, partly cloudy with potential thunderstorms

What channel is Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, Hoy, Tuala, Best, Hunt, Mann, Pearce, Klemmer, McCullough, D. Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Guerra, Ese’ese – Interchanges: To’a, J. Saifiti, Saulo, Jones – Reserves: Moga, King

Unavailable: Mitch Barnett (Injured), Jayden Brailey (Injured), Connor Watson (Injured), Tim Glasby (Injured), Edrick Lee (Injured), Sione Mata’utia (Injured)

  • Newcastle Knights did what was required to bounce back from their terrible first half performance against North Queensland Cowboys as they were able to grind out a solid victory on the road at Manly Sea Eagles
  • The Knights were far from perfect as they played fairly conservative football but it did the job as their defence stood firm in the 12-14 success, although there was some controversy at the end of the encounter when they could have conceded a last-gasp penalty.
  • Edrick Lee suffered a broken arm in last week’s clash with Tex Hoy named to replace him on the wing, although Starford To’a could be promoted into the starting line-up after he was named on the bench while Sione Mata’utia is also out injured with Brodie Jones taking his spot.

PARRAMATTA EELS

Starting 13: Gutherson, Sivo, M. Jennings, Blake, Ferguson, D. Brown, Field, Campbell-Gillard, Mahoney, Paulo, Lane, Matterson, N. Brown – Interchanges: Gower, Utoikamanu, Niukore, Takairangi – Reserves: Alvaro, G. Jennings

Unavailable: Kane Evans (Injured), Peni Terepo (Injured), Mitchell Moses (Injured), Oregon Kaufusi (Injured), Ray Stone (Injured)

  • Parramatta Eels made light work of North Queensland Cowboys last week as star winger Maika Sivo helped himself to four tries in the 42-4 blitz and the Eels highlighted their ability to cope with injuries in the absence of Mitchell Moses.
  • Jai Field filled in well as the Eels ran in seven tries as they proved to be clinical with their 60% possession with that improving their average possession for the year to 55.6%, the highest in the NRL.
  • That is clearly helping the Eels who will return to the top of the ladder with a win here but they must cope with the loss of bench players Ray Stone and Oregon Kaufusi, although the return of Nathan Brown from a ban is a huge boost while Stefano Utoikamanu will debut from the bench.

THE PREDICTION

Parramatta Eels earned more plaudits for another sensational display last week and they will be eager to build on that against a tricky Newcastle Knights outfit. The Knights overcame Manly Sea Eagles last week and their defence will have to stand firm again with the Eels likely to ask plenty of questions with the ball. Newcastle have beaten Parramatta in four of their last five clashes but the Eels are a different side to those contests and they should be able to improve that record with a win here.

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