Top four hopefuls Parramatta Eels and Canberra Raiders are each looking to bounce back from last-start defeats when they clash in the nation’s capital on Saturday night.
Raiders vs Eels Tips, Preview & Predictions
Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Eels haven’t won in Canberra since 2006…
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Raiders vs Eels Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday April 17
⏰ Time: 7.30pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: GIO Stadium
Raiders vs Eels Head to Head (last five matches)
- 27/6/20: Eels 25-24 Raiders
- 29/6/19: Eels 22-16 Raiders
- 14/4/19: Raiders 19-0 Eels
- 14/4/18: Raiders 18-2 Eels
- 20/5/17: Eels 16-22 Raiders
Raiders vs Eels Preview and Prediction
Canberra are aiming for an 11th consecutive win at home over Parramatta when the two teams collide at GIO Stadium on Saturday night.
It’s an important game for both teams after they each suffered defeats last week, with the Raiders outclassed by high-flying Penrith and Parramatta falling to the Dragons at home.
The Raiders haven’t had the chance to build up any momentum in 2021 so far. They started the season with back-to-back wins over the Tigers and Sharks, but they’ve lost games against the Warriors and Panthers either side of a win over the Titans.
Solid without being spectacular is the best way to describe Canberra’s season so far, but a win over a genuine premiership contender would be a boost after six rounds.
Meanwhile, the Eels saw their unbeaten start to the season come to a surprise end at the hands of the Dragons at Bankwest.
Normally so reliable on their home turf, the Eels were no match for a confident Dragons outfit as the visitors come away with a comfortable 26-12 victory.
Apart from a win over Melbourne in torrential rain, the Eels have only beaten the Broncos, Sharks and Tigers – all teams outside the eight – so their form might be a bit misleading.
The Eels have a huge test in front of them if they want an immediate return to the winners circle – they haven’t won in Canberra in the last 15 years and haven’t even scored a try in their last two visits.
Canberra matched Penrith early last week and if they can maintain that level for the full 80 minutes, they should be too strong at home for an Eels side that were poor last week.
Raiders vs Eels Teams
Curtis Scott returns at centre for the Raiders, pushing Sebastian Kris to the reserves, while Caleb Aekins comes in at fullback for Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad, who failed an HIA last week.
Ryan Matterson is set to return from concussion for the Eels, while Dylan Brown has been suspended for one week and is replaced in the halves by WillS Smith.
Raiders team: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Siliva Havili 17. Emre Guler 18. Sebastian Kris 19. Matt Frawley 20. Corey Harawira-Naera 21. Dunamis Lui
Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Marata Niukore 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Will Smith 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Keegan Hipgrave 17. Bryce Cartwright 18. Joey Lussick 19. Haze Dunster 20. Wiremu Greig 21. Jordan Rankin
Raiders vs Eels Stats
- Raiders have won 10 straight home games vs the Eels
- Eels haven’t won in Canberra since 2006
- Eels have failed to score a try in their last two games in Canberra
- Eels’ last four night matches have gone under the total points line
- Josh Papalii has scored a try in three of his last four matches vs Eels
- Blake Ferguson has scored a try in his last four away matches
- Raiders have covered the line in their last five matches following a loss
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