Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels conclude NRL Round 13 when they meet at Jubilee Stadium on Sunday. The sixth-placed Sharks will be eyeing up the opportunity to close to within four points of the third-place Eels in what is a crucial game for Cronulla's top four hopes.
Sharks Form & Team News
Cronulla are 6th on the ladder with a 7-5 record, including winning the last three matches with victories over the Warriors, Dragons and Broncos - all sides not in the finals picture.
The Sharks have run in the second most points of any side this season and have scored 28 or more points in five of their last six NRL games.
Josh Dugan, Jesse Ramien and Matt Moylan all return for the Sharks, while Andrew Fifita is another potential in.
The Sharks team for Sunday's game is below:
Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Siosifa Talakai 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Connor Tracey 15. Jack Williams 16. Teig Wilton 17. Royce Hunt 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Briton Nikora 20. Braydon Trindall 21. Bryson Goodwin
Eels Form & Team News
Parramatta are 3rd on the ladder with a 10-2 record, just one point adrift of the Panthers at the top heading into the NRL Round 13 weekend action.
The Eels boast the best defence in the NRL this season, conceding just 150 points in 12 games. Significantly, however, 54 of them have come in the last three games, which included a defeat to the Manly Sea Eagles.
Ryan Matterson has not been named but should return on game day for the Eels.
The Eels team for Sunday's game is below:
Eels team: 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. Marata Niukore 13. Nathan Brown 14. Andrew Davey 15. Ray Stone 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi 18. Brad Takairangi 19. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. David Gower 21. Jai Field
Sharks vs Eels Head to Head
Cronulla have dominated the recent meetings between the sides, winning six of the last seven against the Eels. The most recent clash ended in a 42-22 victory for the Sharks, continuing a theme of high-scoring games between the two teams.
Sharks vs Eels Odds
The Eels are strong $1.45 favourites with Cronulla posted at $2.75 to win. The line is set at -6 points for Parramatta.
Sharks vs Eels Stats
- Cronulla Sharks have won their last 5 NRL matches.
- Cronulla Sharks have won 6 of their last 7 matches against Parramatta Eels.
- Parramatta Eels have won their last 2 NRL matches.
- Parramatta Eels have conceded fewest points in the NRL this season.
- Parramatta Eels have conceded 16+ points in their last 3 NRL matches.