Broncos vs Eels Betting Tips & Match Preview
The Broncos and the Eels clash at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night as the 2020 NRL recommences.
Both teams went through the opening two rounds undefeated and look like genuine premiership contenders in one of the most even NRL seasons in recent memory. Can the Broncos atone for last year's embarrassing 58 point loss in the finals or will the Eels stamp their authority once again?
Broncos Form & Team News
The Broncos were one of six teams who won their opening two match ups of the 2020 NRL season and will be hoping to build on that momentum heading into Thursday night.
Bustling prop Matt Lodge has been cleared to play after partially tearing his ACL earlier in the year in a huge boost for Brisbane's big man stocks. In further positive news, David Fifita is nearing his return from knee surgery, and while he won't be available on Thursday, he is expected to be ready to play in the coming weeks.
The predicted line up for the Brisbane Broncos can be found below:
Jamayne Isaako, Corey Oates, Kotoni Staggs, Darius Boyd, Jesse Arthars, Anthony Milford, Brodie Croft, Matt Lodge, Jake Turpin, Payne Haas, Patrick Carrigan, Alex Glenn, Joe Ofahengaue, Tesi Niu, Thomas Flegler, Jamil Hopoate, Rhys Kennedy.
Eels Form & Team News
The Eels were one of the more impressive teams of the opening two rounds and look to be one of the genuine contenders of season 2020. Parra sit atop the ladder after only conceding eight points so far this campaign.
The Eels ($7.50) are one of only four teams in single figures for this year's premiership with Sportsbet
and will likely firm even further if they can retain top spot on the ladder.
The predicted line up for the Parramatta Eels can be found below:
Clint Gutherson, Maika Sivo, Michael Jennings, Waqa Blake, Blake Ferguson, Dylan Brown, Mitchell Moses, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Ray Stone/Reed Mahoney, Junior Paulo, Shaun Lane, Ryan Matterson, Peni Terepo, Brad Takairangi, Marata Niukore, Kane Evans, David Gower.
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Broncos vs Eels Head to Head
The Broncos vs Eels fixture has been one of the most evenly contested rivalries in the modern NRL. In the last decade the longest winning streak between the teams was three matches, with the last four matches being split evenly.
The Eels won the last match between the two sides 58-0, so expect Brisbane to come out firing to atone for that embarrassment.
Broncos vs Eels Betting Odds
The odds makers have this contest split right down the middle with both teams paying $1.90 heading into Thursday night.
With the benefit of home ground advantage the line is set at -1.5 for the Broncos, which is paying $2.
Broncos vs Eels Match Up
This match will come down to who is better on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos and Eels have just four points separating them in the points scored column, but Parra have been far more superior defensively, conceding just eight points compared to the Broncos' 39.
The Broncos had a much harder schedule than the Eels in the opening two rounds which means this match looms as a measuring stick for both teams going forward.
Broncos vs Eels Key Stats
- The Broncos and Eels have gone win-loss-win-loss across their last four matches
- The home side has won the last four match ups between these two sides
- Parramatta score the first try in 80 per cent of its matches