Parramatta Eels vs Brisbane Broncos NRL Finals Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Eels should be too strong for Broncos at Bankwest

Andrew Hendrie 13 Sep 2019
  • Parramatta Eels clash with Brisbane Broncos in week one of the NRL finals on Sunday
  • The two teams have split their last four meetings at two wins apiece
Eels face Broncos on Sunday (PA Images)

Either Parramatta Eels or Brisbane Broncos will see their season come to an end when the two sides clash in an elimination final on Sunday afternoon.

Eels vs Broncos kicks off at 4.00pm AEST at Bankwest Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Can the Eels continue their tremendous record at Bankwest Stadium and advance into the second week of the NRL Finals when they host the Broncos on Sunday?

Parramatta have been near-on invincible since returning to Bankwest and in my eyes are heavy favourites to conquer the Broncos and continue their resurgence after finishing with the wooden spoon 12 months ago.

These two teams squared off just two weeks ago, with the Broncos coming out on top 17-16 in a golden point thriller at Suncorp, but it was the Eels who came away with a dominant victory when they played at Bankwest in Round 24, crushing Brisbane by a 38-10 scoreline.

The Broncos are just the third team since the NRL became a 16-club competition to make the finals with more losses than wins, with Anthony Seibold’s team coming into this clash on the back of a poor 30-14 loss to the Bulldogs last week.

Brisbane simply haven’t been able to get going this season, but with Payne Haas and David Fifita among the best young forwards in the country, they are always going to be in with a chance of causing some trouble.

However, the Broncos have been hindered in big games by their lack of a recognised creative player, and in finals you need someone to guide the side around the field.

Add in Brisbane’s sub-par performances away from home and their last display at Bankwest, which will be absolutely rocking on Sunday, I don’t see how they can overcome Parramatta in this one.

Match Odds


Parramatta Eels - $1.50
Brisbane Broncos - $2.65

Stats


  • Eels and Broncos have split their last four meetings at two wins apiece
  • Brisbane won 17-16 at Suncorp two weeks ago
  • Eels prevailed 38-10 at Bankwest in Round 14

Teams


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

Broncos: 1. Anthony Milford 5. Jamayne Isaako 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Alex Glenn 2. Corey Oates 6. Darius Boyd 7. Jake Turpin 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Matt Gillett 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. James Segeyaro 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Gehamat Shibasaki 17. Patty Carrigan 18. Rhys Kennedy 19. Izaia Perese 20. Shaun Fensom 21. Cory Paix

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