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Eels vs Bulldogs Tips & Betting Preview - Can Parramatta get their season off to the perfect start?

  • The Bulldogs and the Eels kick off season 2020 on Thursday night
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Eels vs Bulldogs Tips & Betting Preview

The 2020 NRL season is back with traditional rivals Parramatta and Canterbury meeting at Bankwest Stadium on Thursday night.

The Eels are looking to build on a strong campaign in 2019, rising from last to fifth. The expectation is that Parra will continue their ascension towards a top four berth.

The Bulldogs have experienced a tumultuous week leading into their opening game with a number of players unavailable due to off field indiscretions.

Eels Team News

Backs: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses Forwards: 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown Interchange: 14. Brad Takairangi 15. Marata Niukore 16. Kane Evans 17. Peni Terepo Reserves: 18. Will Smith 19. Ray Stone 20. Oregon Kaufusi 21. George Jennings
Waqa Blake is named to play but will have to overcome an injury concern. Should he not make it, then Brad Takairangi would likely take his spot. 

Bulldogs Team News

Backs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Will Hopoate 5. Christian Crichton 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Lachlan Lewis Forwards: 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Joe Stimson Interchange: 13 . Adam Elliott 14. Dean Britt 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Kerrod Holland Reserves: 19. Ofahiki Ogden 20. Jake Averillo 21. Sione Katoa 22. Jack Cogger

The biggest shock for the Dogs is the suspensions of Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera, who are both unavailable due to off-season disciplinary issues. Joe Stimson will start in the back row, while Christian Crichton will come onto a wing.

Eels vs Bulldogs Head to Head

The Eels have dominated the Bulldogs in recent times, winning five of their last seven match ups. The last time the two teams meet was in round 23 of last year when Canterbury ended Parramatta's top-four dreams with a 6-12 victory at Bankwest Stadium.

Eels vs Bulldogs Betting Odds

Parramatta will enter the round one contest as the $1.28 favourites with Canterbury the $3.60 outsiders.

The line for the Eels is set at -10.5.

Eels vs Bulldogs Match Up

Clint Gutherson and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak hold the keys for their respective sides. 

Gutherson's strength is working with his fellow attacking players to surge the ball forward while Watene-Zelezniak's running game is second to none. This match up will dictate who'll win this contest.

Eels vs Bulldogs Key Stats

  • Each of Eels' last four Thursday night matches have been decided by a margin of 1 to 6 points
  • Maika Sivo has scored at least one try in eight of Eels' last nine matches as a home favourite
  • The Eels have won five of the last seven matches against the Bulldogs

Eels vs Bulldogs FAQ

When does the Eels vs Bulldogs match kick off?

The Eels vs Bulldogs match is scheduled to kick off at 8.05pm AEDT on Thursday, March 12 from Bankwest Stadium.

Where is the Eels vs Bulldogs match being played?

Parramatta hosts Canterbury at Bankwest Stadium to kick off the new NRL season in 2020.

How can I live stream the Eels vs Bulldogs match?

Visit our live streaming page for information on how you can watch the Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury Bulldogs.


Parramatta look to be the much stronger team on paper and should have no problem covering the line in their opening game of the season.

Parramatta Eels: -10.5 Line Bet To Cover The Line @1.86 at - 10 Units

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