2020 NRL – Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Saturday 26th September, 2020 – 10:35 (UK)

Where is Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels? 12c, clear skies

What channel is Wests Tigers 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 Wests Tigers 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 Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Doueihi, Nofoaluma, Talau, Lawrence, Kepaoa, Marshall, Brooks, Musgrove, Grant, Mikaele, Garner, L. Leilua, Twal – Interchanges: Eisenhuth, Taylor, Blore, Chee-Kam – Reserves: Seyfarth, Liddle, Reynolds, Leilua

Unavailable: Billy Walters (Injured), Russell Packer (Injured), Sam McIntyre (Injured), Josh Aloiai (Injured), Moses Mbye (Injured)

  • Wests Tigers failed to match their efforts in pushing South Sydney Rabbitohs all the way as they were hammered by Melbourne Storm and they will be keen to put that heavy loss behind them in their final game of another disappointing campaign.
  • The Tigers shipped 50 points but they will be annoyed at their efforts in both halves for different reasons. They allowed 32 first half points but they were able to close the gap on the Storm to just ten points just before the hour, although the Storm responded with a further three tries.
  • Luke Brooks will come back into the side having served a ban which sees Josh Reynolds make way while Joey Leilua is dropped with Tommy Talau earning a spot in the centres. Josh Aloiai and Sam McIntyre will also drop out because of injuries.

PARRAMATTA EELS

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

Unavailable: Peni Terepo (Personal Reasons), Dylan Brown (Injured), Marata Niukore (Injured), Ray Stone (Injured)

  • Parramatta Eels returned to winning ways as they overcame Brisbane Broncos but there is still plenty of work for the Eels to do if they are to make a challenge for the premiership in the coming weeks.
  • Parramatta were expected to be comfortable victors over struggling Brisbane but they failed to really put their opponents to the sword having led 20-6 at the break, with the second half finishing six points apiece.
  • Head coach Brad Arthur has retained the same 17 players in the naming of his initial side for this clash but he has made a couple of changes with Junior Paulo and Shaun Lane promoted to the run-on side with Kane Evans and Andrew Davey reverting to the interchanges.

THE PREDICTION

Wests Tigers have produced another underwhelming season having once again missed out on the finals. They will wrap their campaign up with a game against Parramatta Eels, a side that should finish up in the top four which will earn them two bites at the cherry in the finals if needed. The Eels have flattered to deceive over the last couple of months and will be keen to put in a big performance to give them a platform to build on ahead of a likely clash with minor premiers Penrith Panthers in the first week of the play-offs. The Tigers have shown they can post points but it is defensively where they struggle so this contest should produce at least 43 points.

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