Parramatta Eels and St George Illawarra Dragons go head to head in NRL Round 14 at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney on Friday. The Eels have won 9 of the last 10 meetings between the sides, and are strong favourites to continue that dominance.
Eels Form & Team News
Third-placed Eels might not be scoring heavily of late, but that hasn't stopped Parramatta moving to an 11-2 record for the season following three straight victories over the Wests Tigers, Canterbury Bulldogs and Cronulla Sharks.
The Eels have been kept to 18 or fewer in six of their last eight, and the two most recent wins have been more workmanlike than eye-catching. The victories over the Bulldogs and Sharks both came by just two points in low-scoring affairs, although the latter was played in torrential rain.
Ryan Matterson is back for the Eels for this one.
The Eels team to play on Friday is below:
1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Ray Stone 15. Marata Niukore 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi 18. Andrew Davey 19. Haze Dunster 20. Stefano Utoikamanu 21. Brad Takairangi
Dragons Form & Team News
The Dragons strung together back-to-back wins last month to breath life into their season, but have since lost three straight to slip to 12th on the ladder with a 4-9 record for the campaign. They are now approaching win at all costs territory if they are to stand a chance of making the finals.
St George are leaking points and need to find some solidity down the spine. The Dragons have conceded at least 22 in six of their last seven, and that is giving them a mountain to climb - as was the case in the latest losses to the Sharks (28-24), Rabbitohs (32-24) and Roosters (24-16).
The Dragons have lost Tariq Sims and the suspended Jackson Ford for this game, while Paul Vaughn remains out after breaching biosecurity protocols. Trent Merrin is left out of the squad with Tyrell Fuimaono, Korbin Sims and Jacob Host all coming in.
The Dragons team to play on Friday is below:
1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Ben Hunt 10. Josh Kerr 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Tristan Sailor 15. Kaide Ellis 16. Korbin Sims 17. Jacob Host 18. Brayden Wiliame 19. Eddie Blacker 20. Jason Saab 21. Jayden Sullivan
Eels vs Dragons Head to Head
This has been about as one-sided a head to head as you can get with Parramatta winning nine of the last 10 meetings. It is three wins in a row for the Eels, and five of the last seven victories over the Dragons have been by at least 12 points.
Eels vs Dragons Odds
The Eels are 1.21 favourites to continue their run of success against the Dragons, who are 4.50 outsiders. The line has been set at -11.5 for Parramatta.
Eels vs Dragons Stats
- Parramatta Eels have won their last 3 NRL matches.
- Parrmatta Eels have won 9 of the last 10 matches against St George Illawarra Dragons.
- St George Illawarra Dragons have lost their last 3 NRL matches.
- St George Illawarra Dragons' last four matches have totalled 40 points or more.