NRL Round 18 Betting: Parramatta Eels Vs – Wests Tigers Friday 8th of July 2011
The second match to be played out this Friday will see the desperate Eels team playing against the Tigers in front of a home crowd at Parramatta Stadium. The Eels are one of many teams that are failing to improve on last season’s success, winning just 4 matches all season. The Tigers have been plagued by injury throughout 2011 but have managed to maintain a decent enough record to still be in contention for September footy, sitting just inside the top8, even with a losing record.
The Eels have a couple of players backing up from Origin in Hayne and Mannah. This is a boost from their team that went down to a depleted Broncos team last week at the same venue. They will need to win here to give their fans any hope of turning up at the end of the season.
The Eels have a winning record against the Tigers at this venue, with the record at 7-4. The Tigers managed to win here last time they met in Round 24 of 2010, getting up by 20-18.
The Eels have the advantage of a near full strength side in this fixture, with Hayne and Mannah to back up from the Origin decider. At home in they are 3-4 and a win here will see them on even par at home for the season. There will be a big turn out here for both teams, the Eels will have the crowd control though and it will definitely boost their chances of winning.
It is do or die for the Eels; they will need to pull of some 2009 like magic if they want to make the finals this year. End of season predictions see the top 8 being cut off at a minimum of 29 points, and with the Eels currently on 12 it means they will need to win all of the next 9 to sneak in, with a little bit of luck. They have played some good matches against good teams in 2011, with a win over the Cowboys (almost twice), a draw to the Dragons and a good performance in a tough loss to the Eagles. The problem is that they don’t carry this good form into games against lesser opposition. They will need to fix that this weekend and the Tigers are decent enough for them to play well.
The Tigers have their shortest injury list since about round 4 this year, unfortunately Benji Marshall was added to this list a couple of weeks ago, and he is their best player. Couple this with Lawrence and Tuqiri still off the field and you begin to wonder where their points are going to come from. Looking at their last match it shows that you don’t have to wonder at all, because they won’t be scoring many at all. They only managed 4 points in a lack lustre display against the Bulldogs 2 weekends ago; if this is any indication of this week they will struggle.
The Tigers still have a good looking line up, but without their 3 strike players on the field I struggle to see how they can outperform the Eels on Friday night.
The Eels are looking the better here for mine and with the odds slightly favouring the Tigers it is a good time to bet on the underdog. The Eels are due for a good performance and they will be able to score at least 3 tries, which is one more than the Tigers will manage.
Marshall, Lawrence and Payton are all playing for the Tigers. The Dragons have just announced the signing of Tim Moltzen, news that has upset the Tigers camp.
This is a very tough match to find good bet in, both teams are unpredictable.