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Newcastle Knights v Parramatta Eels Betting

NRL Round 12 Betting: Newcastle Knights Vs Parramatta Eels – Saturday 28th of May 2011

The Early Saturday game will be played in front of a desperate Knights crowd as they look to turn the tides on their season after losing three in a row. The Eels are looking to find some consistency with an opportunity to get their first back to back win of the year after demolishing the Sharks 40-6 in Round 11.

Both teams are 4-6 for the season, with the Knights a couple of spots ahead based on for and against. The Eels For and against is equal last with the raiders at -84…. Keep in mind they won by 34 last week, which means they were -118 coming in to round 11.

Last time they met was in round 15 of 2010, in an incredibly low scoring match the Knights got up 6-4.

Casualties

Knights

Kurt Gidley

Adam MacDougall

Ben Rogers

Cory Paterson

Keith Lulia

Eels

Chris Hicks

Joel Reddy

Justin Poore

Knights Preview – WWLLL

The Knights put in a lack lustre performance against one of the worst teams in the competition based on form in the Sydney Roosters. It was not the most exciting match of the year, the only difference between the two being a goal kick as the Roosters got up 12-10. There were no many opportunities in the match for the Knights and they did okay with what they had, though it must be noted that the Roosters were without their best player Mitchell Pearce due to Origin commitments, as well as Nate Myles.

The Knights are still without Gidley and Ben Rogers, who are their starting Full Back and 5/8. This is a couple of key positions that are missing due to injury and has a lot to do with their poor form over recent weeks.

Eels Preview – LWLLW

The Eels have been the most inconsistent team in the competition for mine with a record of 4 and 6. They really have no reason to be inconsistent as they have not been plagued by the injury toll that a lot of other teams have had. I think it is more of an attitude thing, and a lot of this has to do with Jarryd Hayne.

The Eels performance almost solely relies on how Hayne is feeling. Last week he was obviously trying to prove that he is Origin Worthy as he rocked up with a new hair cut and a new attitude. Hayne turned in his best performance of the season, but all this does is prove how much of a selfish player he is. Hayne wanted to show selectors that he has what it takes so he played well. If he played like that all the time there wouldn’t be a shadow of doubt in his selection. The best part of Haynes game against the Sharks was his team work with a couple of try assists and plenty of good kicks.

Prediction

The Eels had their most convincing win of the season last week and are in desperate need to get their first back to back of the season. The Knights confidence will be down after having Mullen over looked in favour of Pearce for Origin, and then losing to his team without Pearce playing in it. Eels will strike them when they are down and get up 1-12.

NRL Best Bets

The Knights are fair favourites in this one which comes as a surprise. Unless punters know something I don’t I can’t see what is going on here? Well the Eels are paying well anyway which is all I care about, get on them through Centrebet Australia for a nice $2.20 for H2H win. If you are more inclined for the Margin of 1-12 then this is Centrebet @ $3.30.