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Roosters vs. Eels – NRL feature match betting preview

Fri, Mar 14, 1:20pm by Rob Sheeley

NRLMatch: Sydney Roosters vs. Parramatta Eels – NRL Round 2
When/Where: 7:30pm, Saturday 15th March at Allianz Stadium
AUD $100 Free Bet: www.IASbet.com

IN the modern era, winning consecutive premierships is more difficult than ever.

In 2014 it appears as though the Sydney Roosters may find out just how hard it is.

Last week they took on one of 2013’s quality performers, the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Roosters were outplayed in almost every facet of the game.

After being the best defensive team in the competition last season, the Roosters would despise having 28 points put on them last week. If they are to replicate the results of 2013 that is a problem that will need to be rectified in a hurry by second-year coach Trent Robinson.

Their opposition for the second match of the season is a team who will definitely not want to replicate their 2013 results, the reigning wooden-spooners, the Parramatta Eels.

The Eels have started the season as well as can be expected. They managed to defeat the New Zealand Warriors 36-16 in a game that many had the Warriors pencilled in as winning prior to the event.

Betting is currently leaning heavily towards the Roosters to rekindle their form from last season in this match.

The Roosters are currently $1.28 across all books while the Eels sit on $3.80 to make it two-from-two to start 2014.

With that in mind, as punters we should always keep our options open to make sure we get the best prices on offer each and every time.

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These match previews will always quote the best price available from all the best books to assist you in the quest for optimal value.

Historically there is not a whole lot between the two teams with the Roosters holding a slightly better record. The tale in recent times has been heavily weighted towards the Roosters, which is reflective of the relative successes (or lack thereof) of both teams. The Eels have only managed to beat the Roosters on two occasions since 2007.

  • The two teams have met 140 times. The Roosters have won 72 and the Eels have won 63 and there has been five draws.
  • The Roosters have won five of their last six matches against the Eels.
  • The Roosters have won seven of their last 10 matches at Allianz Stadium.
  • The Eels have lost their last three matches at Allianz Stadium.

Sydney Roosters team & form

Sydney RoostersMitchell Aubusson comes into the starting line-up for the Roosters to fill the void left by the suspended Sonny Bill Williams. French import Remy Casty moves onto the bench to make his NRL debut. Dylan Napa and Siosiua Taukeiaho
have been named 18th and 19th men respectively.

1. Anthony Minichiello (c)
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Michael Jennings
4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
6. James Maloney
7. Mitchell Pearce
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9. Jake Friend
10. Sam Moa
11. Boyd Cordner
12. Mitchell Aubusson
13. Frank-Paul Nuuausala

Interchange
14. Daniel Mortimer
15. Aidan Guerra
16. Remi Casty
17. Kane Evans
18. Dylan Napa
19. Siosiua Taukeiaho

The Roosters come into this game after being humbled 28-8 by the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round one. But the news gets worse for the tricolours.

Superstar back-rower Sonny Bill Williams will be absent for three matches after being suspended for a shoulder charge in last week’s match.

The Roosters look to have an edge on both class and experience in a lot of the more vital positions, more particularly the halves and at hooker.

The combination of Pearce and Maloney were far from at their best last weekend so it is fair to expect a lot better from them in this match.

Jake Friend comes up against a much less experienced hooker and is sure to play an important role this week too.

The defensive processes of the Roosters will be of much interest this week. Their miserly style was the cornerstone of their premiership victory in 2013 and was conspicuous by its absence last week. Do not be surprised if they keep the Eels close to scoreless in this match.

Boyd Cordner is one player who will need to step up for the Roosters in lieu of Sonny Bill Williams. The representative back-rower will certainly earn his keep over the next three weeks.

Aiden Guerra could prove a pivotal difference once the two sides have to reach for their interchange benches. The Roosters look to have an edge in the depth department and Guerra will be a key player in making that a reality.

Michael Jennings looked dangerous every time he touched the ball last week. Given a bit of room in this game, he could be absolutely devastating.

Parramatta Eels team & form

Parramatta EelsKaysa Pritchard comes into the side as starting hooker to replace the suspended Nathan Peats. Mitch Allgood fills the role of 18th man with journeyman David Gower named on standby as 19th man.

1. Jarryd Hayne (c)
2. Semi Radradra
3. Will Hopoate
4. Willie Tonga
5. Vai Toutai
6. Corey Norman
7. Luke Kelly
8. Tim Mannah (c)
9. Kaysa Pritchard
10. Fuifui Moimoi
11. Ben Smith
12. Manu Ma’u
13. Kenny Edwards

Interchange
14. Joseph Paulo
15. Kelepi Tanginoa
16. Peni Terepo
17. Darcy Lussick
18 Mitch Allgood
19 David Gower

The Parramatta Eels raised a few eyebrows with a very solid performance against the much more fancied Warriors last week.

A 36-16 win was highlighted by a hat-trick of tries to both of their wingers, Vai Toutai and Semi Radradra.

The return of Will Hopoate from a religious sabbatical was mrs than could have been asked of him. Hopoate, who left the game as a precocious youngster with the world at his feet look like he had never left and should only improve as the season unfolds. He could be a real key for the Eels in 2014.

The Eels halves face a tough test in this match. Corey Norman will have a very different role at the Eels to that of the one he has had previously at the Broncos. He will be expected to lead his team in combination with the well-travelled Luke Kelly. The eels will need this duet to be right on their game if they are to stay in this match.

Jarryd Hayne will be as important as ever for the Parrmatta team, expect him to roam around and chime in where he sees fit.

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Roosters vs. Eels round 2 prediction

They may have lost their round one encounter and may be missing Sonny Bill Williams but it would be with great peril that anyone would doubt the class of the Roosters.

They will be absolutely smarting from last weekends defeat and should come out with all guns blazing this saturday night.
Sure, the Eels do not look to be the easy-beats that they were in 2013 but they face a steep class rise in this match.

Expect the Roosters to set Allianz alight with some sizzling rugby league

Prediction – Roosters by 14.

Dragons vs Tigers head-to-head betting odds & free tip

Roosters – $1.28 head-to-head with IASbet.com
Eels – $3.80

They may be short, but this looks to be a put in/take out proposition. If you do not mind taking the short odds, this is a very solid investment.

Margin betting odds & tips

Roosters 1-12 – $3.00
Roosters 13+ – $2.15 with Sportingbet.com.au
Eels 1-12 – $5.00
Eels 13+ – $9.00

The Roosters should be able to put a margin on the Eels. At better than even money, this looks to be one of the better bets of the match.

Line betting odds & tips

Roosters -10 – $1.92 with IASBet.com (better than @ $1.91 with Centrebet)
Eels +10 – $1.92

The Roosters should cover this line without too many problems at all. This is the best bet of the game.

First try-scorer & other bets

For the first try scorer of the match, look towards the man with the magic feet Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to bedazzle the eels defence and register the first four-pointer. Tuivasa-Sheck is currently $9.00 across all books.

If you prefer a Eels player to score first, Semi Radradra is worthy of consideration at $9.

The Roger Tuivasa-Sheck/Roosters 13+ double is currently $13.


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