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Eels vs Rabbitohs Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Tight Eels defence to deny Souths fifth straight win

  • Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs kick off NRL Round 16
  • The sides clash at Bankwest Stadium on Thursday from 7.50pm AEST
  • Eels have won 4 of the last 6 head to heads
  • Rabbitohs have won their last 4 NRL matches
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Parramatta Eels can get the better of South Sydney Rabbitohs (Getty Images)

Parramatta Eels take on South Sydney Rabbitohs in the opening game of NRL Round 16 at Bankwest Stadium on Thursday night. The Eels scored a big win over premiership rivals Melbourne Storm last week, while Souths made it four straight wins when thumping Manly Sea Eagles.

Eels Form & Team News

The Eels won the game of the last round when holding the Storm scoreless in a 14-0 victory. The win moved third-placed Parramatta level on points with Melbourne with both sides now three points adrift of ladder leaders Penrith Panthers in the minor premiership race.

Last week's win typified the Eels' season, one that has been built on having the best defence in the competition. What they lack in scoring prowess - something underlined by the fact Parramatta have scored more than 18 points just once in the last seven games - they make up for in conceding fewest points overall.

In the only Parramatta change, Marata Niukore is out for the Eels. Andrew Davey takes his place on the bench.

The Eels team for Thursday 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. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi 18. Stefano Utoikamanu 19. Haze Dunster 20. Will Smith 21. Brad Takairangi

Rabbitohs Form & Team News

South Sydney cemented their place in the eight with a resounding 56-16 victory of Manly Sea Eagles last week. It is now four wins in a row for the Rabbitohs, although all four have been against teams outside of the finals spots.

Seventh-placed Souths have posted at least 28 points in the victories over the St George Illawarra Dragons, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Sea Eagles. 

Can they turn on that form against one of the big boys in the Eels? The Rabbitohs have lost all five games played this season against teams currently sitting above them on the ladder. 

Souths make three changes with Dane Gagai returning from injury in place of Steve Marsters, Corey Allen replacing Alex Johnston and Liam Knight coming onto the bench at the expense of Kurt Dillon.

The Rabbitohs team for Thursday is below:

1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Corey Allan 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Patrick Mago 17. Keaon Koloamatangi 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Steven Marsters 20. Troy Dargan 21. Kurt Dillon 

Eels vs Rabbitohs Head to Head

The Eels won the latest meeting between the sides 26-14 last year to make it four wins in the last six head to heads. Five of the last 8 matches have been decided by six points or less.

Eels vs Rabbitohs Odds

Parramatta head into the game as $1.47 favourites with South Sydney outsiders at $2.70. The line has been set at +6.5 points in the Rabbitohs favour.

Eels vs Rabbitohs Stats

  • Parramatta Eels have the best defence in the competition this season.
  • Parramatta Eels have won 4 of the last 6 matches against South Sydney Rabbitohs.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have won their last 4 NRL matches.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have lost all games this season against sides currently above them on the ladder.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs have scored at least 28 points in their last 4 matches.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs posted their fifth-highest points total in last week's 56-16 win over Manly Sea Eagles.

Eels vs Rabbitohs FAQs

Where is the Eels vs Rabbitohs game played?

The Eels vs Rabbitohs game is played at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.

When is the Eels vs Rabbitohs game played?

The Eels vs Rabbitohs game is played at 7.50pm on Thursday, August 27.

How can I live stream the Eels vs Rabbitohs game?

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This game pits the tight Eels defence against the currently hot attacking talent of the Rabbitohs. Souths have been no match for any side above them on the ladder this season, and that should remain the case.

Best Bet: Parramatta Eels Win Match Result @-212.77 at BetMGM - 5 Units
Value Bet: Parramatta by 1-12 Winning Margin @+190 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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