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Brisbane Broncos vs Parramatta Eels Predictions & Tips - Easy opening win for Eels

  • Brisbane Broncos vs Parramatta Eels predictions for Friday’s NRL match
  • The game is being played at Suncorp Stadium (9.05am GMT)
  • Parramatta Eels have won their last 3 matches against Brisbane Broncos
  • The Broncos have lost 11 in a row and are tipped for another defeat
  • Preview, stats, team news & predictions
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Parramatta Eels have won three in a row against the Brisbane Broncos (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 10 Mar 2021
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Brisbane Broncos vs Parramatta Eels Predictions


The Broncos endured a forgetful season last year, picking up the wooden spoon on the back of an 11-game losing run. Having finished third on the ladder, the Eels went out of the finals with a whimper.

After three wide-margin wins in a row over the Broncos, Parramatta are tipped to make a winning start to the season.

  • Brisbane Broncos had a 3-17 win-loss record and finished with the wooden spoon.
  • Brisbane Broncos have lost a club-record 11 matches in a row.
  • Parramatta Eels have won their last 3 matches against Brisbane Broncos.
  • Parramatta Eels have won the last 3 matches against Brisbane Broncos by 14 or more points.
  • Parramatta Eels had a 15-5 win-loss record last season before losing back-to-back finals.
  • Parramatta Eels' last 3 matches have had over 41.5 points.

Head-to-Head 


Parramatta Eels have dominated the head to head in recent times, losing just two of the last eight clashes. 

The Eels have won three in row with 58-0, 34-6 and 26-12 victories. The 34-6 win at Suncorp Stadium last season was a fifth in the last 10 visits to Brisbane. 

Brisbane Broncos Form


The Broncos ended last season with a club record 11 straight defeats to finish bottom of the pile and collect the unwanted wooden spoon.

Just three wins all season and 17 defeats in total left them in 16th place on points difference with the Canterbury Bulldogs also mustering up three wins.

The preparations for this season haven't given much hope of vast improvement from the Broncos either, despite Kevin Walters taking over as coach.

They drew 22-22 with Wynnum Manly Seagulls in one pre-season trial match, and then led early before losing 34-18 to North Queensland Cowboys.

Brisbane Broncos Team News


The Broncos start the season without centre Kotoni Staggs (ACL) and prop Payne Haas, who is suspended for the opening three weeks.

Teenager Tesi Niu has been named in place of Staggs alongside Herbie Farnsworth in the centres, while Brodie Croft starts in the halves.

David Mead will make his second Broncos debut on the wing after returning from Super League side Catalans Dragons.

Winger Corey Oates is left out, but Thomas Flegler has been passed fit to line-up among the replacements.

Brisbane Broncos Team List


1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Tesi Niu 5. David Mead 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Tevita Pangai Junior 9. Jake Turpin 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. John Asiata 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Ben Te’o 18. Tom Dearden 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Richard Kennar 21. Cory Paix

Parramatta Eels Form


Parramatta Eels were in the minor premiership hunt for much of last season, but ended in third spot with a 15-5 record having lost three of their last seven matches.

It was back-to-back defeats for the Eels in the finals as they were dumped out in quickfire fashion.

A 36-24 loss to Melbourne Storm, the subsequent Grand Final winners, and a 38-24 defeat to South Sydney Rabbitohs ended Parramatta's season.

In two pre-season trial matches, Parramatta beat the St George Illawarra Dragons 28-6 before losing 16-6 to Penrith Panthers. 

Parramatta Eels Team News


Centre Tom Opacic will make his Eels debut following his move from North Queensland Cowboys. 

Keegan Hipgrave and Isaiah Papali'i, who have joined from Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors respectively, have been named on the bench.

Michael Jennings is out pending an investigation into a possible performance-enhancing drugs violation, while Bryce Cartwright (jaw) and Michael Oldfield (knee) are out.

Parramatta Eels Team List


1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Keegan Hipgrave 17. Will Smith 18. Haze Dunster 19. Joey Lussick 20. Jordan Rankin 21. David Hollis

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Verdict

The Eels are huge favourites and should account for the Broncos comfortably with a 13+ winning margin the play. The points total has been set at 41.5 and that can be topped.

Best Bet: Over 41.5 Points Total Points @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Parramatta Eels 13+ Winning Margin @140.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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