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Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions & Tips - Sharks to keep it close against the Eels

  • Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks predictions for Sunday’s NRL game
  • The Round 3 clash is being played at 8.35am GMT at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney
  • Cronulla have won 6 of their last 8 games against Parramatta
  • I am backing the Sharks with the +8 handicap
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Cronulla Sharks have won 6 of their last 8 games against Parramatta Eels (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 24 Mar 2021
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Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions


Cronulla were unlucky last week and the Sharks are backed with the +8 handicap.

  • Parramatta Eels have won 76% of their games at Bankwest Stadium.
  • Parramatta Eels’ Maika Sivo has scored 39 tries in 48 appearances.
  • Parramatta Eels’ Maika Sivo scored 2 tries in his last game.
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 6 of their last 8 games against Parramatta Eels.

Head to Head


Cronulla Sharks have a 49-44 advantage against Parramatta Eels in 93 games. 

Cronulla had won six of their previous seven clashes against Parramatta before the Eels won 14-12 in Kogarah last season.

The Sharks scored 3-2 tries but Shaun Johnson missed all three conversions.

Parramatta Eels Form


Parramatta have won their opening two games of the season. The Eels overturned a 16-0 half time deficit in Brisbane, beating the Broncos 24-16 at Suncorp Stadium after scoring four unanswered second half tries.

Brad Arthur’s side hosted defending premiers Melbourne Storm last week. Parramatta won 16-12 at a wet Bankwest Stadium. 

Mitchell Moses’ kicking game was a big reason for the win alongside two tries to Maika Sivo. Sivo scored the match winner in the 76th minute.

Parramatta completed 88% of their sets (37/42), made 10 errors, missed 31 tackles and conceded 3 penalties.

Parramatta Eels Injuries & Team News


Ryan Matterson (concussion) has been ruled out after a heavy knock. Isaiah Papali'i takes his place in the second-row and Ray Stone joins the 17.

Bryce Cartwright (broken jaw) and Michael Oldfield (knee) are expected back between rounds 4-6. Waqa Blake (calf) could return in round 6.

Michael Jennings has been stood down indefinitely after a possible performance-enhancing drugs violation.

Parramatta Eels Line Up


1. Clint Gutherson
2. Maika Sivo
3. Tom Opacic
4. Marata Niukore
5. Blake Ferguson
6. Dyan Brown
7. Mitchell Moses
8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Junior Paulo
11. Shaun Lane
12. Isaiah Papali'i
13. Nathan Brown

Interchange

14. Oregon Kaufusi 
15. Keegan Hipgrave
16. Will Smith
17. Ray Stone

Reserves

18. Jordan Rankin
19. Haze Dunster 
20. David Hollis
21. Joey Lussick

Cronulla Sharks Form


Cronulla started the season by beating the Dragons 32-18 in Kogarah after holding a 14-0 half time lead. William Kennedy scored two tries with Josh Dugan, Ronaldo Mulitalo and Aaron Woods crossing the line.

The Sharks completed 88% of their sets (35/40), made 5 errors, conceded 1 penalty and dominated field position.

John Morris’ side went down 12-10 against Canberra on Sunday. The Raiders led 12-0 at the break but Cronulla fought back strong and were left to rue Chad Townsend missing all three attempts at goal.

Cronulla completed 63% of their sets (27/43), made 18 errors, missed 49 tackles and conceded 2 penalties.

Cronulla Sharks Injuries & Team News


Mawene Hiroti was hooked during the loss to the Raiders and replaced by Connor Tracey. Tracey starts in the centres here with Jesse Ramien suspended until round 5.

Hiroti goes back to the reserves with Teig Wilton added to the bench.

Back rowers Royce Hunt (knee) and Siosifa Talakai (shoulder) are expected to return in round 7. Jackson Ferris (foot) is expected back in round 10.

Star playmaker Shaun Johnson (Achilles) is scheduled to return in rounds 7-8.

Former NSW prop Andrew Fifita is still trying to get into the matchday squad with questions surrounding his fitness.

Cronulla Sharks Line Up


1. Will Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Josh Dugan
4. Connor Tracey
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Matt Moylan
7. Chad Townsend
8. Braden Hamlin-Uele
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Aaron Woods
11. Briton Nikora
12. Wade Graham
13. Toby Rudolf

Interchange

14. Teig Wilton
15. Aiden Tolman
16. Jack Williams
17. Billy Magoulias

Reserves

18. Mawene Hiroti
19. Nene Macdonald
20. Andrew Fifita
21. Braydon Trindall

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Verdict

Cronulla were unlucky last week and could easily be 2-0. Parramatta scored a late try to beat the Storm in wet conditions.
 
Backing the Sharks with the +8 handicap would have cashed in seven of the last games between these sides.

Best Bet: Cronulla Sharks +8 Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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