The Eels host the Tigers on Thursday night to kick off round 11 of the 2020 NRL season, with both teams looking to win for very different reasons.
The Eels relinquished top spot on the ladder for the first time since the season restart, going down narrowly to the Sea Eagles while a Wests thumping of Brisbane has the Tigers well and truly back into finals contention.
Eels Form & Team News
The Eels gave up top spot on the ladder following a narrow four point loss to the Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday night. Parramatta conceded four of the first five tries scored in the match, and despite scoring two in the final ten minutes to make it interesting, never looked a winning threat.
In a huge boost for the Eels, Blake Ferguson returns on the wing, superstar Mitch Moses is back at halfback while Ryan Matterson in the back row.
The Parramatta Eels team for Thursday can be found below:
1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Dylan Brown, 7. Mitch Moses, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Shaun Lane, 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Nathan Brown, 14. Andrew Davey, 15. Marata Niukore, 16.Stefano Utoikamanu, 17. Brad Takairangi, 18. David Gower 19. George Jennings, 20. Daniel Alvaro, 21. Jai Field
Tigers Form & Team News
The Tigers delivered one of the better performances of the last two years, smashing the Brisbane Broncos by 48 points. The Wests dominated from start to finish and inserted themselves straight into the finals picture with the resounding win.
Luke Garner is out with Michael Chee Kam starting in the back row in the Tigers' only change.
The Wests Tigers team for Thursday can be found below:
1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Chris Lawrence, 4. Moses Mbye, 5. Tommy Talau, 6. Billy Walters, 7. Benji Marshall, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Russell Packer, 11. Michael Chee Kam, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Matthew Eisenhuth, 14. Sam McIntyre, 15. Thomas Mikaele, 16. Luke Brooks, 17. Chris McQueen, 18. Oliver Clark, 19. Elijah Taylor, 20. Shawn Blore, 21. Alex Seyfarth
Eels vs Tigers Head to Head
Parramatta has dominated this fixture in recent years, winning five of the last six matches between the two sides.
The last two margins in favour of the Eels have been by a combined 57 points.
Eels vs Tigers Betting Odds
The Eels are the firm $1.35 favourites heading into Thursday night with the Tigers the $3.25 outsiders.
Punters looking to take on Parramatta can get a +8.5 head start with Wests on Thursday.
Eels vs Tigers Match Up
Reed Mahoney and Harry Grant is the key match up here.
The Eels rake, one of the NRL's best defensive hookers, faces a mighty challenge containing one of 2020's biggest revelations. Grant has played so well since his loan swap from Melbourne was approved that he has forced his way into Maroons Origin discussions. Mahoney put together 63 tackles against Manly but will have to put in an equally sterling defensive shift if Parramatta are to nullify the dynamic Wests Tigers dummy-half's impact.
Eels vs Tigers Key Stats
- Maika Sivo has scored at least one try in 12 of Parramatta's last 17 matches at Bankwest Stadium
- Blake Ferguson has scored a try in four of his last six appearances against the Wests Tigers
- The favourites have covered the line in each of the Wests Tigers' last five matches.