Round 20 kicks off on Friday night with what is sure to be a top showdown between the Bulldogs and the resurgent Eels at ANZ Stadium.
Canterbury only have the slimmest of finals hopes still alive after their three-match winning streak was put to an end last round, the Doggies going down 32 – 36 to the Roosters.
They are now number 13 on the ladder, but at home they will put up some stiff competition against the Eels, currently sitting in the 10th position.
Parramatta begun what fans hope will be a repeat of last year in rounds 18 and 19 as they strung together back-to-back wins against the Cowboys and then the number two team in the competition, the Panthers.
Jarryd Hayne looks to be back in red hot form and is putting on some inspirational displays, so check out the markets on him to score the Eels first try at Ladbrokes.com.au. He also has won back-to-back man of the match awards over the past fortnight, so more value could be found in him here too.
Check out the markets for Jarryd Hayne to score the Eels first try at Ladbrokes.com.au
The Eels look very dangerous here especially with the return of the fiery Timana Tahu back in the centres after serving out his suspension.
History is also on the side of last year’s runners-up as Parramatta have won seven of their past eight clashes against the Dogs.
The last time these two met was back in Round 8 when the Eels enjoyed a 26 – 10 win and we bet they can do it again. Parramatta are the $1.50 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au, but at $2.60 Canterbury fans will be keen to back them at their juicy odds.
In four of their past fixtures the Dogs have scored 20 or more points while the Eels recent revival has seen them score 70 points in just two games, so we are expecting a high scoring affair here especially with Ben Barba and Josh Morris making line breaks a plenty for Canterbury.
However, with the Bulldogs on a short turnaround and Parramatta more determined than ever not to disappoint, this one should go the Eels way giving them three wins on the trot.
Footy Tip of the Match – Bulldogs the ‘1st to 10 points’ at $2.10 through Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
To add a bit of extra excitement we are placing a few exotic bets on the match too. Last week the Eels came from 22 points down to win the game, getting off to a slow start. For this reason we are betting that the Bulldogs will be the first to 10 points at $2.10 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Bulldogs $2.60 – Eels $1.50 Ladbrokes.com.au
Round 20 Bulldogs Team:
1. Luke Patten 2. Tim Winitana 3. Josh Morris 4. Shane Neumann 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Ben Barba 7. Brett Kimmorley 8. Ben Hannant 9. Michael Ennis 10. Ryan Tandy 11. Jamal Idris 12. Andrew Ryan 13. David Stagg
Bench: 14. Mickey Paea 15. Michael Hodgson 16. Gary Warburton 17. Blake Green
Round 20 Eels Team:
1. Jarryd Hanye 2. Luke Burt 3. Joel Reddy 4. Timana Tahu 5. Krisnan Inu 6. Jeff Robson 7. Daniel Mortimer 8. Nathan Cayless 9. Matthew Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Nathan Hindmarsh 12. Ben Smith 13. Feleti Mateo
Bench: 14. Kris Keating 15. Tim Mannah 16. Justin Horo 17. Justin Poore
Reserve: 19. Jonathon Wright