Mitchell Moses plays his ex-team for the first time.
The young half should get a fiery reception from his former teammates while Tigers fans won’t have taken kindly to the fact he walked out on them midseason when they needed him most.
Moses has been a revelation for Parramatta since arriving with the side winning five of their seven encounters.
They head into this match fresh off the bye but prior to that had notched a hat-trick of wins, the latest of those against a depleted Melbourne Storm outfit 22-6 at AAMI Park.
Wests Tigers continue to fight for respect and had Manly on the ropes last week, however, a lapse in concentration in the second half saw them conceded two tries in four minutes to lose momentum and eventually the match (28-16).
VENUE OF FORTUNES
ANZ Stadium hosts both these sides on a number of occasions throughout the year.
The major difference between them though is that Parramatta have embraced the venue as their temporary home but the Wests Tigers haven’t.
PARRAMATTA have won six of the past seven games at ANZ Stadium with their Round 14 loss to the Raiders being the only recent blip on the radar when it comes to playing at Homebush.
WESTS TIGERS, on the other hand, have dropped four of their last five there.
DEFENCE WINS GAMES
The Eels are aiming for four straight wins for the first time this season and a big reason for that has been their defence of late.
Brad Arthur’s side has conceded just 10, 12 and six points against the Dragons, Bulldogs and Storm and with the exception of the latter, when the ‘Big Three’ were out of action, Parra has shown a liking to neutralise struggling attack.
The Wests Tigers fall into that category.
Only the Bulldogs have scored less points than the Tigers who are averaging a mere 15.7ppg – definitely not enough to win games in the National Rugby League.
Parramatta has won three of the past five between the sides.
They met earlier this year back in Round 7 and there was very little between the sides with Parramatta eventually getting over the Tigers 26-22.
Traditionally there isn’t much between the sides with an average winning margin of just 9.375 points between them in their past eight matches.
An Eels 1-12 Win is returning a healthy $3.15 @ Palmerbet.
Parramatta ($1.37 @ Unibet) simply look too strong.
They are side with bigger fish to fry at the end of the season and while Moses should come in for special attention from his former mates at the Tigers, it won’t be enough to derail the Blue and Golds.
Wests Tigers will give them a fight and be right up for the challenge so maybe consider the Tigers / Eels half-full double ($5.25 @ Unibet) as a value option.
WESTS TIGERS / PARRAMATTA EELS HALF-FULL DOUBLE