Thu, Mar 24, 2:01pm by Kevin Pitstock
Our first Friday night match up is between 2 teams in the bottom 8 that are coming off a loss, even though its early in the season they are both already hungry. The Eels have already opened their account in 2011 with a round 1 win over the Warriors away from home. This form was not backed up in week 2 however, when they were ambushed at Parramatta stadium against local rivals Penrith Panthers. If South Sydney fans have anything to be happy about it’s the fact that they are consistent… unfortunately they are consistently losing. They do have some injury clouds, however there are other teams that have been without their marquee players this year and they have been winning. Home ground advantage won’t really be a factor in this one as it is being played at ANZ stadium. At this venue you can’t split these two of recent, with the last 5 being split 2 a piece and 1 draw.
Parramatta Eels Preview
Last week the Eels imploded. They only managed to post 6 points in the match, this is well below the NRL average. The Eels still had a decent amount of completed sets, what they were lacking in was field position and line breaks, they couldn’t crack the sturdy Panther’s defence. The Eels looked like a completely different outfit to the team they fielded the week before against the Warriors. I think they went into the match over confident after knowing that the Panthers got demolished by an over achieving Knights team. I see a massive weakness in the halves at Parramatta, Daniel Mortimer and Jeff Robson both have their moments, but neither of them have played under a halves partner with a lot of experience so they are both playing ad lib at the moment.
South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview
Soon enough Russel Crowe et al. will realise that it wasn’t Jason Taylor’s fault that South Sydney have not taken home silverware yet. Nor is it John Lang’s fault that they won’t be doing it anytime soon. There is a culture at Souths at the moment, they seem to think that signing big names will win a grand final. South Sydney fans and medical staff can take a sigh of relief as they are fielding the same team as last week. For the first 2 rounds of competition South Sydney have taken the lead through a field goal in the last quarter and both times they have gone on to lose. A special mention goes out to Greg Inglis too, last week I said that he didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to play in the forwards. After seeing Jamaal Idris not only fend him off to the ground but also absolutely belt him in defence, I would have to agree that he isn’t suited to the forwards…. Or any other position on the field for that matter. Get him fit and then bring him back.
South Sydney will look to pounce on the Eels after they were stunned by the Panthers. Fortunately for the Eels they have learned their lesson in not being prepared for a poor team to play well. Although both teams have poor halves combinations the Eels have Jarryd Hayne. Parra have the advantage in the middle of the park as well as the fact that they have nowhere near as many injuries as the Rabbitohs. There will be plenty of points scored in this match and the Eels are going to get up by 1-12.
Sportingbet Australia has the best odds for the margin of 1-12 for Parra, this is paying $3.65.
Head to head they are even at Centrebet with $1.91 each which is good for Souths fans that are backing their team, but the best H2H for Parra is at Sportsbet currently paying $1.97.
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