Gold Coast are facing an uphill battle when they host the Eels.
Having started the season 0-2 they now take on one of the teams still unbeaten in the competition and will have to do so without their marquee signing.
The Titans were the first team Newcastle have beaten in 19 games last week while Parramatta could not have been more impressive in disposing of the Dragons 34-16.
NO HAYNE PLANE
Coach Neil Henry has several headaches leading into this including the loss of gun signing, Jarryd Hayne.
The fullback is out of action for up to a month with an ankle injury. On top of that, they’ve lost Anthony Don and Karl Lawton while Nathan Peats is still unavailable due to a shoulder complaint.
This has left the Titans squad stretched thin and against a red-hot team like the Eels it has definitely put them behind the eight ball.
A BIG BLOW
PARRAMATTA have been dealt a big blow themselves with halfback Corey Norman unavailable due to a hamstring complaint.
That puts five-eighth Clint Gutherson into partnership with veteran Jeff Robson with the pair having not played together since the end of the 2016 campaign.
They were paired together when Norman was unavailable due to suspension and with the team out of the finals race by that time, enjoyed little success. Now with a side that is two-for-two how will they click this time around?
Gold Coast have had the measure of the Eels since their inception in 2007.
Of the 15 games they have played against each other the Titans have won 10 of them including three of the past four. Each of those wins for the Gold Coast has been by double figures and two of them including their last meeting in Round 20 2016, was by at least 20 points.
On what we have seen so far in 2017 the Eels have the advantage here.
Their biggest problem is going to be how they cope with the loss of Norman who has been a key figure in sparking their attack in the opening two weeks.
We have no doubt Robson and Gutherson will do a good job but the pair don’t have the x-factor that Norman has.
With the Titans struggling with injuries and coming off a loss to the lowly Knights, we think Parramatta are the after investment here in Head-to-Head discussions.
Maybe the way to go is with exotic bets and the Eels look good to open the scoring. At $1.75 for Parramatta To Score First (William Hill) looks nice enough considering the Titans have given up 28-0 and 12-0 leads early on in their opening two games.
MATCH WINNER TIP: PARRAMATTA
FIRST TRYSCORER: SEMI RADRADRA – he scored four against the Dragons last week but is yet to get one against the Titans
MARGIN BETTING: PARRAMATTA 1-12
OTHER TIP: PARRAMATTA TO SCORE FIRST