The league-leading Parramatta Eels will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they host a visiting Canberra Raiders squad that is also looking to get back in the win column following their round 6 defeat the last time out. With both legitimate championship hopefuls going all-out to make a statement in this intriguing clash, let’s find out where the best rugby betting value lies, along with their NRL odds.
NRL Raiders Vs Eels Round 7
Why Bet On The Eels
The Eels are sitting atop the NRL standings as the only team in the league with five victories through six games. Parramatta has scored 133 points while allowing 64 points defensively (+69). The Eels have gone a perfect 3-0 at home and 2-1 on the road. Parramatta comes into this affair off a humbling 24-10 loss against red-hot defending champion Sydney on Saturday that I correctly predicted in the MyBookie sports news section last Wednesday. Parramatta got scoring tries from Michael Jennings and Maika Sivo while Mitchell Moses went 1-for-2 on conversions. Unfortunately, the Eels gave up three tries, two conversions and a quartet of penalty goals in the loss.
For this round 7 showdown, Nathan Brown was named at lock on Tuesday, but that was before he got a two-match suspension at the judiciary on Tuesday night. Now, the Eels will replace him with Marata Niukore. Daniel Alvaro or David Gower will then move into the interchange spot. Brad Takairangi replaces Peni Terepo on the Parramatta bench. Kane Evans was set to return from suspension but won’t be in the lineup because of a calf injury. Parramatta has won five of their last six home games at Bankwest Stadium.
Why Bet On The Raiders
The Raiders are sitting in fifth place in the NRL standings with eight points. Canberra has scored 104 points this season while allowing just 72 points defensively (+32). The Raiders have gone an uninspiring 1-2 at home, but an unblemished 3-0 on the road this season. Canberra was on the wrong end of a 14-6 home upset loss against the Manly Sea Eagles on Sunday as Elliott Whitehead scored their only try and Jarrod Corker went 1-for-1 on conversion attempts. The Raiders gave up a pair of tries in the loss while allowing Reuben Garrick added two conversions and one penalty goal in the loss.
For this round 7 meeting, Canberra’s starting unit is unchanged as head coach Ricky Stuart looks to record his 200th win in the NRL.
General Game Info Canberra Raiders (4-0-2) Vs. Parramatta Eels (5-0-1)
- When: Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 4:35 AM AEST
- Where: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Raiders Vs Eels Live: Nine/Fox Sports
- Money Lines: Eels -153 / Raiders +129
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Parramatta snapped a four-game losing streak against Canberra by recording a hard-fought 22-16 home win the last time they met back on June 29, 2019. More importantly, the Eels have gone an unblemished 3-0 at home this season and although Canberra has won all three of their road games, I fully believe Parramatta is going to be highly motivated to take care of business at home. The Eels are statistically better at both ends of the pitch and that’s why they Eels will win and cash in!
Pick: Eels 24 Raiders 18
Telstra Premiership 2020 Round 7 Matches
- Rabbitohs vs Panthers – Thursday 25th June, 05:50 AM | Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
- Dragons vs Roosters – Friday 26th June, 05:55 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Knights vs Cowboys – Friday 26th June, 01:00 AM | Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
- Titans vs Broncos – Saturday 27th June, 03:30 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Warriors vs Storm – Friday 26th June, 04:00 AM | Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
- Sharks vs Sea Eagles – Sunday 28tht June, 02:05 AM | Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
- Wests Tigers vs Bulldogs – Sunday 28th June, 04:30 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney