Cronulla Sharks vs Parramatta Eels NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Eels target second win over Sharks this season

Andrew Hendrie 6 Jun 2019
  • Cronulla Sharks face Parramatta Eels in Round 13 of the NRL on Saturday
  • Sharks have won five of their last six meetings, but the Eels won by 12 points back in Round 4
Sharks face Eels on Saturday (PA Images)

Parramatta Eels look to do the double over Cronulla Sharks in 2019 when the two teams square off in NRL Round 13 action on Saturday.

Sharks vs Eels kicks off at 5.30pm AEST at PointsBet Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Both the Sharks and Eels are locked on six wins this season and sitting in the bottom half of the eight - who will emerge triumphant and make a move up the ladder on Saturday?

Parramatta snapped a three-game losing streak last week when they toppled the in-form Rabbitohs at home, however there is an asterix next to that victory due to Souths missing so many players to Origin.

Before that, the Eels were in extremely poor form, suffering a 64-10 beatdown at the hands of Melbourne before going down to the Cowboys and Panthers - two teams languishing closer to the bottom of the ladder than the top.

It leaves us wondering how Parramatta are really travelling at the moment, but how they perform against the always-solid Sharks should give us a better indication on Saturday.

After registering a gritty 22-9 victory over the Dragons, the injury-hit Sharks welcomed a bye last week, meaning they’ve taken a maximum four points from the last fortnight, rising up to sixth on the ladder.

Cronulla haven’t been able to hit top gear this season, and part of that can be attributed to their injury woes, but John Morris will be hoping his side start to gel sooner rather than later.

Josh Morris has been rested after the veteran returned to Origin on Wednesday, with Aaron Gray coming into the backline, while key stars Wade Graham and Shaun Johnson have been named as reverse as the pair continue their comeback from injury.

The Sharks have won five of the last six meetings between the teams, but Parramatta prevailed 24-12 in their last meeting earlier this season in Round 4. The Eels haven’t been great away from BankWest in recent weeks, while the Sharks are always tough to beat and break down at home. Given their current form, you’ve got to give the edge to Cronulla at PointsBet.

Match Odds


Cronulla Sharks - $1.50
Parramatta Eels - $2.55

Stats


  • Sharks have won five of their last six meetings
  • Eels won their last clash by 12 points in R4
  • Their last three encounters have been decided by a 1-12 margin

Teams


Sharks team: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Dugan 5. Aaron Gray 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Sione Katoa 20. Wade Graham 21. Shaun Johnson

Eels team: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Josh Hoffman 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Will Smith 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Manu Ma’u 13. Tepai Moeroa 14. Peni Terepo 15. Ray Stone 16. David Gower 17. Marata Niukore 18. Brad Takairangi 19. George Jennings 20. Tim Mannah 21. Nathan Brown

Tips



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