The Eels are looking to charge into the finals with a win over the Bunnies.
Parramatta were simply sensational in attack last week when they went up to Suncorp Stadium and put 52 points on the Broncos to all but seal their place in the top four.
The Eels can’t afford to relax though because as much as they were electric in attack their defence still leaked 34 points.
Parramatta are hot favourites coming into this game and why wouldn’t they be? They’ve won eight of their past nine matches!
Souths on the other hand are looking to bounce back from a monster thrashing at the hands of the Melbourne Storm which saw them crushed 64-6.
PARRAMATTA are ready to head into their first finals appearance for eight years in spectacular form.
Only the Melbourne Storm and Penrith can match the Eels for momentum heading into the semis with the only loss the Blue and Golds have suffered since Round 15 being a flat 29-10 performance against a rejuvenated Newcastle Knights outfit.
During that time they have beaten the Storm, albeit a depleted one with their Origin stars out, and Brisbane twice to announce themselves as title contenders for the first time in a long time.
Parramatta haven’t featured in a finals series since their glorious run to the 2009 Grand Final off the back of Jarryd Hayne’s freakish displays.
The team at Centrebet are offering $17 for the Eels to win the Grand Final which is clearly the best price available in the marketplace at present.
SOUTHS would’ve given themselves some chance of giving the Storm a game last week especially since they were heading to AAMI Park off the back of a season-high three straight wins.
Right from the kick off though the Bunnies looked flat and out of their depth as the Storm racked up a 58-point winning margin at the end of 80 minutes. It was the fourth biggest loss in club history.
No doubt there will be some bounce back factor here because no one likes to get thrashed, however, with little to play for just how are they going to bounce back against a team that themselves racked up 52 points last weekend?
SOUTHS have owned this fixture in large parts since 2010.
The Rabbitohs notched seven straight wins at one stage from 2010 to 2014, however, the ledger has evened out since then with Parramatta winning three of the next five encounters including the past two.
The past four games have only been decided by an average of seven points.
An Eels 1-12 Winning Margin is returning $3.40 @ Sportsbet.
We can only see this going one way and that is in PARRAMATTA’s favour.
Brad Arthur’s men are short ($1.23 @ Unibet) but are entitled to be considering their form and the fact they need to win to secure a spot in the top four. A loss here would open the door for the Sharks to jump them and that means the Eels would then finish fifth and won’t be entitled to a second bite of the cherry.
The Eels are playing a confident brand of footy and their high-powered offence, which has scored 30 points or more in their past two games is likely to cause big headaches for the Rabbitohs defence who are without leading tryscorer Alex Johnston again.
While there is no real home ground advantage at ANZ Stadium for either side with both teams calling the venue ‘home’, Parramatta have shown a liking to Homebush with 10 wins there from their past 12 games.
We think the value options here lay in the margins and also tryscorer markets.
You would be mad not to have something Semi Radradra to be first tryscorer ($6.50 @ bet365) while captain Tim Mannah is our value play @ $8 (Centrebet) to score at anytime.
PARRAMATTA 1-12 WINNING MARGIN
TIM MANNAH ANYTIME TRYSCORER