2021 NRL – Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Sunday 6th June, 2021 – 07:05 (UK)

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

Where can I get tickets for Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

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

THE TEAM NEWS

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Hoy, To’a, Tuala, Best, Musgrove, Watson, Mann, Sue, Brailey, J. Saifiti, Jones, Fitzgibbon, Barnett – Interchanges: King, Johns, Clifford, Croker – Reserves: Sasagi, Momoisea

Unavailable: Edrick Lee (Injured), Mitchell Pearce (Injured), Dom Young (Injured), Chris Randall (Injured), Pasami Saulo (Injured), Hymel Hunt (Injured), Kalyn Ponga (Injured), David Klemmer (Suspended), Daniel Saifiti (Origin), Tyson Frizell (Injured)

  • Newcastle Knights earned a brilliant win over in-form Manly Sea Eagles and while it was not the most vintage performance, they will have been relieved to earn an important two points to get their push for a top eight spot back on track.
  • It was a first win in three games for the Knights and just their second in six but they will be without even more players this week with the loss of David Klemmer, Daniel Saifiti and Tyson Frizell significantly weakening their pack.

PARRAMATTA EELS

Starting 13: Gutherson, Sivo, Opacic, Blake, Dunster, D. Brown, Moses, Campbell-Gillard, Mahoney, Niukore, Papali’i, Matterson, N. Brown – Interchanges: Smith, Lane, Kaufusi, Cartwright – Reserves: Makatoa, Penisini

Unavailable: Junior Paulo (Origin)

  • Parramatta Eels suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season as they produced a poor performance against South Sydney Rabbitohs last week with their top four spot now coming under threat.
  • The Eels were poor defensively for the second week running while their attack also faltered once again, although they are boosted by the return of Dylan Brown who will line-up in the halves here after serving a ban.

THE PREDICTION

Newcastle Knights secured a shock win over Manly Sea Eagles last week but they have it all to do if they are to back that up here. Their pack has been severely weakened on the back of that success for a variety of reasons and with Kalyn Ponga still out, this will be a big test for their under-strength side against Parramatta Eels. The away side have underperformed on their last two outings but are just one player short of fielding their strongest 17 this week which should be significant and Newcastle’s patched-up side are unlikely to be able to live with Parramatta in this one.

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