2020 NRL – Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Friday 3rd July, 2020 – 10:55 (UK)

Where is Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys? 11c, clear skies

What channel is Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys 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 Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys? 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 Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

PARRAMATTA EELS

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

Unavailable: Kane Evans (Injured), Peni Terepo (Injured), Nathan Brown (Suspended), Mitchell Moses (Injured)

  • Parramatta Eels showed unbelievable character as they edged a golden point thriller against Canberra Raiders last week with the Eels needing to respond having blown a 12-point lead in the final five minutes of regulation time.
  • The Eels also lost halfback Mitchell Moses to injury earlier in the contest which made the win even more impressive with Clint Gutherson striking the winning field goal as his side worked their way up the field on the back of an error by the Raiders.
  • With 54 tackle breaks last week, the Eels are creating space for second phases of play and they will hope to they can replicate that here, although they will be without Moses with Jai Field replacing him in the side while David Gower replaces Daniel Alvaro on the bench.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Starting 13: Tabuai-Fidow, Feldt, Opacic, Marsters, O’Neill, Drinkwater, Clifford, McGuire, Robson, Molo, Wright, Hess, Taumalolo – Interchanges: Hampton, Cooper, Hola, Cotter – Reserves: Holmes, Jensen

Unavailable: Michael Morgan (Injured), John Asiata (Injured), Tom Gilbert (Suspended), Mitchell Dunn (Injured), Connelly Lemuelu (Injured), Jordan McLean (Injured)

  • North Queensland Cowboys offered the perfect response to their first half horror show against Wests Tigers as they almost replicated the Tigers’ effort against them by blowing Newcastle Knights away in the opening period of their contest last week.
  • The Cowboys raced into a 26-0 lead at the break and despite the Knights mounting a second half fightback, it was not enough as North Queensland held on for a valuable victory which came on the back of making 45.2 metres a set on average which compared favourably to the Knights’ 40.4m per set.
  • There is some mixed injury news for the Cowboys as they look to back-up last week’s win with Jordan McLean suffering a calf injury so Reuben Cotter comes into the 17 while Valentine Holmes could make his return having been named on the extended bench.

THE PREDICTION

Parramatta Eels highlighted their Premiership credentials with a gutsy win against Canberra Raiders last week. The Eels could have folded having conceded two late tries which forced golden point but they kept their nerve to claim the two points in extra time. They now face the inconsistent North Queensland Cowboys who showed what they are capable of last week but they must back that up with another big performance here. This is likely to be a battle of the big men through the middle to allow the backs to play off and that should lead to a contest that sees at least 41 points.

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