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  • South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Parramatta Eels expert predictions for Saturday’s Round 12 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 7:35 PM at Accor Stadium
  • Key changes: Jack Wighton moving to the halves to spark attack.
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Jack Wighton moves into the halves to pair with Cody Walker.(Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Parramatta Eels, Round 12 2024 - Expert Prediction


Ben Hornby will get his first win as coach of the Bunnies against his old pal Trent Barrett, the new interim coach of the Eels, with changes in his halves sparking more energy from his side as they cover the measly 1.5 points as favourites.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Parramatta Eels, Round 12 2024 - Expert Prediction
  • Head to Head 
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List
  • Parramatta Eels Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Parramatta Eels Team News
  • Parramatta Eels Team List
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Parramatta Eels NRL 2024 Round 12 FAQ’s

The eels season could not have derailed any faster than it did with four heavy losses that have seen them fire long-standing coach Brad Arthur. Their attack is flat and their defence is nonexistent, however, they come up against the Bunnies who have been there themselves this season. 

Although, the Rabbits are now changing things up a little and it looks like they may be coming out of their hole. I like the change of Jack Wighton moving into the halves for South and believe it will spark more attack, so I am backing them to score over their Team Total of 22.5 points this game. 

Latrell Mitchell has been better since his return from suspension and is at least getting involved around the tryline. If he finds a good connection with Wighton, Latrell could be in a couple of times against the struggling Eels.

  • The Rabbitohs have won 6 of their past 7 games against the Eels.
  • Parramatta have conceded 30 points or more in their past 4 matches.
  • Souths have scored 26 points or more in 6 of their past 7 games against Parramatta.
  • Latrell Mitchell has scored 3 tries in his past two games since coming back from suspension.

Head to Head 


The Eels got a 36-16 win over the Bunnies last season in the corresponding Round 12. 

South Sydney had won six in a row prior to their 2023 meeting and have won 6 of 8 since the 2019 season.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
0-51-43-2

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
-84.76-41-40-5

The Rabbitohs put in a better performance against the Cowboys at Magic Round, not letting the game slip away from them finishing with a 22-28 scoreline, which is the first time in six matches that they have not lost by double figures.

Amazingly, 28 points against is a good defensive performance for the Bunnies, being the second-lowest score they have conceded all season, which they have done now three times in 2024, with 16 points against Canterbury their lowest in the only game they won.

Ben Horby has now had some time to settle in as interim coach and has made some key changes this week that should have a positive effect. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News


Interim coach Ben Horby has made big changes this week starting with Jack Wighton at five-eight and Cody Walker in at No. 7.

Taane Milne and Michael Chee Kam are in the centres, while Keaon Koloamatangi will play at lock and silica Havili will play off the bench.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List


1. Latrell Mitchell
2. Alex Johnston
3. Taane Milne
4. Michael Chee Kam
5. Jacob Gagai
6. Jack Wighton
7. Cody Walker
8. Davvy Moale
9. Damien Cook
10. Sean Keppie
11. Jacob Host
12. Jai Arrow
13. Keaon Koloamatangi

Interchange
14. Peter Mamouzelos
15. Tallis Duncan
16. Siliva Havili
17. Tom Burgess

Reserves
18. Dion Teaupa
19. Izaac Tu’itupou Thompson
20. Matthew French
21. Adam Christensen
22. Bayleigh Bentley-Hape

Parramatta Eels Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
1-41-44-1

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
-45.77-32-21-5

Things are still looking glum for the Eels and only time will tell if firing Brad Arthur will make any difference to their injury riddled season. Another 32-point loss was the final straw for their head coach after the Eels had lost 5 of their past 6 games by 13+ this season. 

The Eels simply invite their opposition into good field position, allowing the Storm 10 linebreaks in their 48-16 loss which pushes their average conceded breaks to 6.9 per game. The other major concern is the eels lack of ability to score when they are in their opposition 20m. Parra had 43 tackles in the Melbourne redzone for just 3 tries, magnifying their attacking problems as they rank first in the league with an average of 34.4 tackles in their opposition 20m per game and score just 3,2 tries per game.

Parramatta Eels Team News


The big news out of Parramatta is the sacking of Brad Arthur and Trent Barrett taking over as interim head coach. 

No real changes in the starting 17 with Ryan Mattersson expected to come in at second row, pushing Bryce Cartwright to the bench and Luca Moretti to the reserves.

Parramatta Eels Team List


1. Blaize Talagi
2. Maika Sivo
3. Will Penisini
4. Sean Russell
5. Bailey Simonsson
6. Daejarn Asi
7. Dylan Brown
8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
9. Joey Lussick
10. Junior Paulo
11. Shaun Lane
12. Ryan Matterson
13. J’maine Hopgood

Interchange
14. Bryce Cartwright
15. Makahesi Makatoa
16. Joe Ofahengaue
17. Kelma Tuilagi

Reserves
18. Brendan Hands
19. Morgan Harper
20. Ethan Sanders
21. Wiremu Greig
22. Luca Moretti

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Parramatta Eels NRL 2024 Round 12 FAQ’s

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Verdict

Latrell Mitchell will connect with Wighton in the halves and help the Bunnies to score over 22.5 points on their way to covering as favourites.
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