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Brisbane Broncos vs Parramatta Eels Betting Tips - Can Brisbane restart the season with a win?

  • The Broncos and the Eels kick-start the NRL season on Thursday
Matt Lodge
Matt Lodge is expected to line up for the Broncos on Thursday night (Getty Images)

Broncos vs Eels Betting Tips & Match Preview

The Broncos and the Eels clash at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday as the 2020 NRL recommences.

Both teams went through the opening two rounds undefeated and look like genuine premiership contenders in one of the most even NRL seasons in recent memory. Can the Broncos atone for last year's embarrassing 58 point loss in the finals or will the Eels stamp their authority once again?

Broncos Form & Team News

The Broncos were one of six teams who won their opening two match ups of the 2020 NRL season and will be hoping to build on that momentum heading into Thursday night. 

Bustling prop Matt Lodge has been cleared to play after partially tearing his ACL earlier in the year in a huge boost for Brisbane's big man stocks. In further positive news, David Fifita is nearing his return from knee surgery, and while he won't be available on Thursday, he is expected to be ready to play in the coming weeks.

Brisbane Broncos Line Up

Jamayne Isaako, Corey Oates, Kotoni Staggs, Darius Boyd, Jesse Arthars, Anthony Milford, Brodie Croft, Matt Lodge, Jake Turpin, Payne Haas, Patrick Carrigan, Alex Glenn, Joe Ofahengaue, Tesi Niu, Thomas Flegler, Jamil Hopoate, Rhys Kennedy.

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Eels Form & Team News

The Eels were one of the more impressive teams of the opening two rounds and look to be one of the genuine contenders of season 2020. Parra sit atop the ladder after only conceding eight points so far this campaign.

The Eels (7.50) are one of only four teams in single figures for this year's premiership with bet365 and will likely firm even further if they can retain top spot on the ladder.

Parramatta Eels Line Up

Clint Gutherson, Maika Sivo, Michael Jennings, Waqa Blake, Blake Ferguson, Dylan Brown, Mitchell Moses, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Ray Stone/Reed Mahoney, Junior Paulo, Shaun Lane, Ryan Matterson, Peni Terepo, Brad Takairangi, Marata Niukore, Kane Evans, David Gower.

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Broncos vs Eels Head to Head

The Broncos vs Eels fixture has been one of the most evenly contested rivalries in the modern NRL. In the last decade the longest winning streak between the teams was three matches, with the last four matches being split evenly.

The Eels won the last match between the two sides 58-0, so expect Brisbane to come out firing to atone for that embarrassment.

Broncos vs Eels Odds

The odds makers have this contest split right down the middle with both teams at 1.90 heading into Thursday.

With the benefit of home ground advantage the line is set at -1.5 for the Broncos, which is priced 1.95.

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Broncos vs Eels Match Up

This match will come down to who is better on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos and Eels have just four points separating them in the points scored column, but Parra have been far more superior defensively, conceding just eight points compared to the Broncos' 39.

The Broncos had a much harder schedule than the Eels in the opening two rounds which means this match looms as a measuring stick for both teams going forward.

Broncos vs Eels Stats

  • The Broncos and Eels have gone win-loss-win-loss across their last four matches.
  • The home side has won the last 4 matches between these two sides.
  • Parramatta score the first try in 80% of their games.

Broncos vs Eels FAQ

When does the Broncos vs Eels match kick off?

The Broncos vs Eels match is scheduled to kick off at 10.50am BST on Thursday, March 28 from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Where is the Broncos vs Eels match being played?

The Broncos vs Eels match is scheduled to be played at Suncorp Stadium, which is located in Brisbane.

How can I live stream the Broncos vs Eels match?

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The Broncos proved they can be a contender in season 2020 with gritty wins over the Cowboys and Rabbitohs, and while the Eels sit on top of the ladder, they are yet to prove their credentials against a top-tier side.

We're taking the Broncos here with a small investment on Corey Oates to score the opening try.

Best Bet: Brisbane Broncos To Win @1.87 at bet365 - 10 Units
Value Bet: Corey Oates First Try Scorer @11.00 at bet365 - 3 Units

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