July 20, 2021 12:32 PM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Thursday 22nd July, 2021 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

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

What channel is Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders 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 Canberra Raiders? 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

PARRAMATTA EELS

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

Unavailable: Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Wiremu Greig (Injured), Tom Opacic (Injured), Mitchell Moses (Injured)

  • Parramatta Eels made an immediate return to winning ways as they produced a strong performance to see off Gold Coast Titans last week and that is now four wins in their last five matches.
  • The Eels were able to overcome the loss of halfback Mitchell Moses before the game and while he will once again be missing, head coach Brad Arthur can at least call upon powerhouse prop Junior Paulo after he was rested for last week’s contest.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Rapana, Smith-Shields, Croker, Kris, Valemei, Frawley, S. Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Guler, Harawira-Naera, Young, Sutton – Interchanges: Starling, Timoko, Soliola, Tapine – Reserves: Aekins, James, Havili, Mooney

Unavailable: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Injured), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Curtis Scott (Suspended), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Elliott Whitehead (Injured), Dunamis Lui (Injured), Jack Wighton (Injured), Xavier Savage (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders produced a second impressive performance in succession to enhance their chances of making the top eight thanks to overcoming one of the teams they need to overhaul in Cronulla Sharks.
  • However, that success came at a cost and despite winning back-to-back matches for just the second time this season, the Raiders will find it difficult to make it three victories in a row having lost Xavier Savage and Jack Wighton to injury.

THE PREDICTION

Parramatta Eels solidified their spot in the top four thanks to a comfortable win over Gold Coast Titans last week and they will be eager to extend their good run of form as they take on Canberra Raiders. The Eels have won four of their last five matches and with three successive wins against the Raiders to their name, they will be confident of another success here. Canberra have won their last two, scoring 30+ in both, but they have lost two spine players from last week’s success against Cronulla Sharks and with what is likely to be a drop in creativity with the ball, that should open the door for the Eels to win once again.

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