2020 NRL – Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Saturday 10th October, 2020 – 09:50 (UK)

Where is Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? 19c, clear skies

What channel is Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs on? Sky Sports Mix 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 South Sydney Rabbitohs? 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 South Sydney Rabbitohs? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

PARRAMATTA EELS

Starting 13: Gutherson, G. Jennings, M. Jennings, Blake, Takairangi, D. Brown, Moses, Campbell-Gillard, Mahoney, Paulo, Lane, Matterson, N. Brown – Interchanges: Smith, Davey, Evans, Stone – Reserves: Kaufusi, Alvaro

Unavailable: Peni Terepo (Personal Reasons), Marata Niukore (Suspended), Maika Sivo (Injured), Blake Ferguson (Injured)

  • Parramatta Eels failed to build on a strong start against Melbourne Storm last week as they were beaten 36-24 and must now attempt to qualify for the Grand Final the hard way, starting with this semi-final against South Sydney Rabbitohs.
  • The Eels went ahead as early as the second minute and extended their lead to 0-12 as they kept the Storm at bay in the opening 30 minutes but the hosts hit back strongly and Parramatta just could not match them.
  • To make matters worse for the Eels, they lost blockbusting winger Maika Sivo to a potential season-ending knee injury while Marata Niukore picked up a ban and Blake Ferguson was also ruled out through injury 24 hours before kick-off so George Jennings and Brad Takairangi will line-up on the wings with Ray Stone the new face on the bench.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Allan, Johnston, Graham, Gagai, Paulo, Walker, Reynolds, Tatola, Cook, Burgess, Su’A, Sironen, Murray – Interchanges: Nicholls, Knight, Cartwright, Koloamatangi – Reserves: Marsters, Sele

Unavailable: Tom Amone (Injured), Braidon Burns (Injured), James Roberts (Injured), Ethan Lowe (Injured), Latrell Mitchell (Injured)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs produced yet another brilliant attacking display as they racked up 46 points against Newcastle Knights last week and they will be full of confidence as they attempt to book their place in the preliminary finals.
  • After blowing reigning premiers Sydney Roosters away by posting 60 points in their previous game, the Rabbits carried on where they left off despite finding themselves down 0-14 inside the first 11 minutes of last week’s clash.
  • They scored 46 unanswered points before allowing a consolation effort on the hooter and their scintillating attack will be difficult to stop here with head coach Wayne Bennett able to name an unchanged 17.

THE PREDICTION

Parramatta Eels showed some improved signs in last week’s loss to Melbourne Storm in Week 1 of the finals but they must now come up against a white-hot South Sydney Rabbitohs if they are to book their place in the preliminary finals. The Rabbitohs blew Newcastle Knights away and they look to have the most dangerous attack in the competition at present. That spells trouble for Parramatta side that conceded 36 last week and have lost both starting wingers to injury with a makeshift three-quarter line not what they would want facing a side that have been devastating with the ball of late. Despite boasting an impressive record at Bankwest Stadium, this looks like it could be a game too far for the Eels and the Rabbitohs can continue their superb form by winning this to set up a clash with minor premiers Penrith Panthers.

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