Eels vs Rabbitohs NRL Finals Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Eels vs Rabbitohs Tips

South Sydney look to continue their blistering form when they take on a slumping Parramatta side in Saturday nightโ€™s sudden-death semi-final showdown.

Parramatta Eels vs South Sydney Rabbitohs free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Rabbitohs have scored 106 points in their last two matchesโ€ฆ

Eels vs Rabbitohs Tips

Eels vs Rabbitohs Match Details

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Competition: NRL
๐Ÿ—“ Date: Saturday October 10
โฐ Time: 7.50pm AEDT
๐ŸŸ Stadium: Bankwest Stadium

Eels vs Rabbitohs 2020 Form (last five matches)

Eels (WLWWL)

  • R17: Warriors 18-24 Eels
  • R18: Panthers 20-2 Eels
  • R19: Eels 26-12 Broncos
  • R20: Tigers 24-28 Eels
  • FW1: Storm 36-24 Eels

Rabbitohs (LWLWW)

  • R17: Rabbitohs 16-22 Storm
  • R18: Tigers 24-26 Rabbitohs
  • R19: Rabbitohs 16-26 Bulldogs
  • R20: Rabbitohs 60-8 Roosters
  • FW1: Rabbitohs 46-20 Knights

Eels vs Rabbitohs Head to Head (last five matches)

Souths have won three of their last four encounters.

  • 27/8/20: Eels 0-38 Rabbitohs
  • 31/5/19: Eels 26-14 Rabbitohs
  • 28/7/18: Rabbitohs 26-20 Eels
  • 14/6/18: Eels 24-42 Rabbitohs
  • 1/9/17: Eels 22-16 Rabbitohs

Eels vs Rabbitohs Tips, Preview and Prediction

South Sydney have everything going for them as they attempt to set up a preliminary final clash with minor premiers Penrith heading into this game against the struggling Eels.

The Rabbitohs have scored a mammoth 106 points combined in their two victories over the Roosters and Knights, while they ran out 38-0 winners against Parramatta in their last meeting.

With the Bunnies also winning six of their last seven games at Bankwest Stadium and eight of their last 10 NRL games overall, and itโ€™s easy to see why Wayne Bennettโ€™s side would be feeling confident heading into Saturday night.

After an inconsistent regular season, the likes of Cody Walker, Damien Cook and Adam Reynolds are all playing some of their best footy when it matters most. Bennett is the most experienced coach in NRL history and knows the importance of peaking at the right time – and at the moment, it appears as if he has Souths right where he wants them.

Meanwhile, the Eels have not timed their run right if recent months are anything to go by. Theyโ€™ve lost half of their last eight matches, with their last win over a top eight side coming against Melbourne back on August 20 – and that when the Storm were missing various key players.

Parramatta took on Melbourne again last week and despite a good start, were outclassed when the going got tough. Maika Sivo also suffered a season-ending injury, while Blake Ferguson is racing the clock to be fit for this game.

The Eels are staring down the barrel of a straight sets exit from the Finals and have lost five of their last six finals games since the 2009 Grand Final.

Unless the Eels can somehow recapture their form from the start of the season, I canโ€™t see them winning this one. Souths are on fire and their key players are peaking.

After scoring over 100 points in their last two matches and steamrolling the Eels 38-0 in their last clash, itโ€™s impossible to go against the Bunnies here.

Eels vs Rabbitohs Teams

Maika Sivo is out for the Eels and has been replaced by George Jennings, while Blake Ferguson has been named despite his injury concerns. Brad Takairangi or Haze Dunster are in the frame for a call-up should Ferguson be sidelined.

Ray Stone also joins the bench in place of the suspended Marata Niukore.

South Sydney have named the same 17 players that defeated Newcastle last week.

Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. George Jennings 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Will Smith 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Ray Stone 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. Brad Takairangi 20. Haze Dunster 21. Daniel Alvaro

Rabbitohs team: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Suโ€™A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Jed Cartwright 17. Keaon Koloamatangi 18. Steven Marsters 19. Hame Sele 20. Troy Dargan 21. Patrick Mago

Eels vs Souths Stats

  • Souths have won three of their last four meetings
  • Souths won their last clash 38-0 earlier this season
  • Souths have scored 106 points in their last two matches
  • Eels havenโ€™t beaten a top eight side since August 20
  • Eels have lost four of their last eight games
  • Souths have won six of their last seven matches at Bankwest
  • Eels have failed to cover the line in five of their last six matches
  • Corey Allan has scored a try in three of his last four matches
  • Michael Jennings has scored a try in his last three Saturday night matches at Bankwest

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