Friday Night Football has thrown up a potential thriller with both sides needing to win to remain alive in the finals race. Parramatta are in a far better position than the Roosters to make a charge for the top eight, even though they are currently running fifth. With the NRL set to deduct up to 12 points, that leaves them on 10 points – the same as the Roosters.
The fact remains that the Eels have won 10 matches this season compared to the Roosters three. On that fact it is clear why we are choosing the Eels**** to get the money in this one.
They gave the competition frontrunners (Cronulla) an almighty scare last week and had won three games prior to that. While there has been several dramas distracting the club, both on and off the field, the side continues to produce on the park and are averaging 24 points per game in their last four outings. What’s more impressive is that the bulk of those performances have come without star halfback, Kieran Foran.
The chooks have had a miserable season but very nearly pulled off a huge upset against the Bulldogs last week. Racing out to a 12-nil lead, they would go down 24-20 but there are some positive signs from the boys from Bondi especially from their halfback, Mitchell Pearce.
In recent times the Eels have struggled against the Roosters with just two wins from their last nine encounters. Although it must be remembered that during that run the chooks were three-time minor premiers while the Eels were fighting off the wooden spoon.
Parramatta have Michael Jennings on Origin duty but get some handy reinforcements back including Brad Takairangi, Tim Mannah and Jeff Robson. With the Roosters missing Blake Ferguson and Aidan Guerra, we think the Eels ($1.80 UNIBET) will be too strong at Pirtek.
Fans of Semi Radradra have extra reason to have a crack at him in 1st Tryscorer ($7 William Hill), Last Tryscorer ($7 William Hill) and To Score A Try ($1.62 Bet365) markets here. He has scored 27 tries in 25 games at Pirtek while he has crossed the line in all three games he has played at the Roosters.