Parramatta Eels look to extend their record to three wins from three in 2021 when they host the Cronulla Sharks in NRL Round 3 action on Saturday night.
Eels vs Sharks Tips, Preview & Predictions
Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the H2H favourite has won 15 of Cronulla’s last 16 matches…
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Eels vs Sharks Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday March 27
⏰ Time: 7.35pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Bankwest Stadium
Eels vs Sharks Head to Head (last five matches)
- 9/8/20: Sharks 12-14 Eels
- 8/6/19: Sharks 42-22 Eels
- 6/4/19: Eels 24-12 Sharks
- 5/5/18: Sharks 22-20 Eels
- 24/3/18: Eels 4-14 Sharks
Eels vs Sharks Preview and Prediction
Parramatta target their third win in a row to begin the season when they tackle Cronulla at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.
There was a time when the Sharks were Parramatta’s bogey side, winning six of the last eight games between the teams, but the Eels have turned things around over the last couple of seasons, prevailing in two of their last three meetings.
Parramatta didn’t start 2021 all that flash when they trailed 16-0 to the Broncos in Round 1, but they staged a great comeback to win 24-16 before grinding out a superb 16-12 win over reigning premiers Melbourne in the torrential rain last week.
Maika Sivo scored two tries, including a late match-winner, to continue his super strike in the NRL that has seen him score 39 tries in just 48 appearances.
Meanwhile, the Sharks are looking like dishing up more of the same this season if their first two rounds are anything to go by.
Cronulla did what they had to do to see off the Dragons in their opener, but they couldn’t get over the line last week against the Raiders, falling 12-10 after Chad Townsend missed a conversion to take the game into golden point.
The Sharks are pretty predictable right now – they typically beat who they are supposed to like those teams in the bottom eight, but they rarely defeat a top eight side. Fifteen of the last 16 games involving Cronulla have been won by the favourite, so they lack the firepower to really trouble the best teams in the competition.
Parramatta at Bankwest is one of the toughest challenges in the NRL, so I don’t see the Sharks causing an upset. The Sharks can keep it close, but look for Sivo to continue his amazing try-scoring form at Bankwest and the Eels to prevail by a 1-12 margin.
Eels vs Sharks Teams
Ryan Matterson is sidelined due to concussion, with Ray Stone returning from injury on the bench as his replacement.
Mawene Hiroti has been demoted to the reserves for the Sharks, with Teig Wilton promoted to the squad.
Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Marata Niukore 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Keegan Hipgrave 16. Will Smith 17. Ray Stone 18. Jordan Rankin 19. Haze Dunster 20. David Hollis 21. Joey Lussick
Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Connor Tracey 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Teig Wilton 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Jack Williams 17. Billy Magoulias 18. Mawene Hiroti 19. Nene Macdonald 20. Andrew Fifita 21. Braydon Trindall
Eels vs Sharks Stats
- Sharks have won six of the last eight meetings between the teams
- However, the Eels have won two of the last three
- Parramatta have a 76 per cent winning record at Bankwest
- The Eels have won their first two games in 2021 by 1-12 margins
- The favourite has won 15 out of the last 16 matches involving Cronulla