Parramatta Eels attempt to go 5-0 to start a season for the second straight year when they host the in-form St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday night at Bankwest.
Eels vs Dragons Tips, Preview & Predictions
Parramatta Eels vs St George Illawarra Dragons free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Eels have won nine of the last 11 meetings between the teams…
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Eels vs Dragons Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Sunday April 11
⏰ Time: 6.15pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Bankwest Stadium
Eels vs Dragons Head to Head (last five matches)
- 14/8/20: Eels 12-14 Dragons
- 4/8/19: Dragons 4-12 Eels
- 5/5/19: Eels 32-18 Dragons
- 11/8/18: Eels 40-4 Dragons
- 28/6/18: Dragons 20-18 Eels
Eels vs Dragons Preview and Prediction
Parramatta aim to extend their unbeaten start to the season and maintain a top two spot on the ladder when they face the Dragons to conclude NRL Round 5 action on Sunday night.
It’s shaping as a cracking contest – the Eels have won their first four games of the season and always lift at Bankwest, while the Dragons have surprised everyone, winning their last three matches.
However, this is a considerable step up in class for the Dragons, who have defeated the woeful Dragons and Sea Eagles before preying on a depleted Knights team last week.
In saying that, I’ve been impressed with the Dragons performances so far this year. Matt Dufty is as electric as ever, Andrew McCullough has proven to be a tremendous recruit, while enigmas like Jack Bird and Corey Norman have been solid.
At their best, the Dragons should be challenging for the top eight and not fighting to avoid the wooden spoon. So far it’s the former, but how long will this form last?
Meanwhile, the Eels have answered all challenges so far this season – they recovered from 16 points down against the Broncos in their opener, conquered reigning premiers Melbourne, eased past the Sharks and held strong to hold off the Tigers on Easter Monday.
Returning to Bankwest, the Eels should be coming out on top here, but the Dragons did prevail at this venue by two points last year – and in their current form, they can keep this clash close.
Eels vs Dragons Teams
Ryan Matterson is set to return for the Eels from concussion and Bryce Cartwright will make his club debut off the bench, with Keegan Hipgrave and Ray Stone making way.
Jack Bird returns from suspension for the Dragons, pushing Jackson Ford out the team.
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. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Will Smith 17. Bryce Cartwright 18. Ray Stone 19. Haze Dunster 20. Keegan Hipgrave 21. Jordan Rankin
Dragons team: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Brayden Wiliame 18. Jackson Ford 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Jordan Pereira 21. Max Feagai
Eels vs Dragons Stats
- Eels have won nine of the last 11 meetings between the teams
- Dragons won their last clash at Bankwest in 2020
- Eels have won their first four matches of the season
- Dragons are on a three-match winning streak
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