Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers collide in the traditional Western Sydney Easter Monday clash with both sides desperate to begin climbing up the ladder.
Eels and Tigers kick off at 4.00pm AEST at ANZ Stadium. Live streaming is available via bet365 (geo restrictions apply to Aus/NZ residents).
Preview and Tips
Both the Tigers and Eels are anchored towards the bottom of the ladder after six rounds, making this Easter Monday showdown at ANZ Stadium a hugely important game for both sides. The winner can begin plotting a rise up the table, while the loser will sink further into oblivion.
It’s hard to pinpoint what’s gone wrong with Parramatta since their brilliant 2-0 start to the season, which included a big win over now-ladder leaders the Dragons.
The Eels have lost four in a row to the Titans, Sharks, Raiders and Warriors since, and they haven’t looked like winning any of them. The loss to the Warriors was further amplified last week with former star Kieran Foran putting in a stellar performance to get the Kiwi club over the line.
Now the Eels must contend with a Tigers side who are brimming with confidence following a fantastic display last week in Townsville.
Ivan Cleary enjoyed a winning start to life as the Tigers coach, with his side posting a memorable triumph over the North Queensland Cowboys to snap a four-match losing run of their own.
When it all clicks for the Tigers, they can beat any side in the competition, but defence and discipline needs to improve, and Cleary knows what he has to do. There is cause for optimism at Concord.
Of course all eyes will be on Mitchell Moses on Monday. Moses has agreed to terms for the Eels and could join them in the next couple of weeks, but after the Cowboys win, there’s been reports the young pivot is keen to remain at the Tigers.
These two sides have been hard to split in recent times, but I like the Tigers on Monday. Cleary has provided a spark and much-needed direction, while the Eels are struggling and heading in the opposite direction. I think the Tigers will have too many points in them.
- Last six meetings split at three wins apiece
- Eels won last year’s Easter Monday game
- Tigers won the three previous clashes
Tepai Moeroa returns to the starting side in place of the injured Frank Pritchard for the Eels, while the Tigers have named an unchanged team.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Kirisome Auva’a 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Brad Takairangi 7. Corey Norman 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown 14. Beau Scott 15. Peni Terepo 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Siosaia Vave 18. David Gower 19. George Jennings 20. Marata Niukore 21. Will Smith
Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Jamal Idris 4. Kevin Naiqama 5. Moses Suli 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Jack Littlejohn 8. Aaron Woods 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagai 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor 14. Tim Grant 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Michael Chee-Kam 17. Jacob Liddle 18. Joel Edwards 19. Justin Hunt 20. Jordan Rankin 21. Junior Tatola
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