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New Zealand Warriors vs Parramatta Eels Predictions & Tips - Warriors to push Eels at Suncorp

  • New Zealand Warriors vs Parramatta Eels predictions for Sunday's NRL Round 10 match
  • The match is being played at Suncorp Stadium (4.50am BST)
  • Seven of the last 8 head to heads have had a margin of 13 points or less
  • Eels are tipped to win by 1-12 points
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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New Zealand Warriors and the Parramatta Eels meet in Brisbane (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 14 May 2021
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New Zealand Warriors vs Parramatta Eels Predictions

Both sides have been in very strong attacking form over the past four weeks. The Warriors have been scoring an average of 24 points per game, while the Eels have been averaging 36 points per game over the same period.

It points to an entertaining game in Magic Round. With the head to heads typically close, the Eels are tipped to win by 1-12 points.

  • New Zealand Warriors have lost 4 of their last 6 matches.
  • Parramatta Eels have won 3 of the last 4 matches against New Zealand Warriors.
  • Seven of the last 8 head to heads have had a margin of 13 points or less.
  • The last 19 clashes between these two sides has an average of 44.3 points per game.
  • Parramatta Eels have won their last 4 matches.


There have been 41 games between the Warriors and the Eels with Parramatta winning 23 games to New Zealand's 18.

Parramatta have won 14 of their 20 games in Australia against the Warriors, including the last two contests played. 

New Zealand Warriors Form

The Warriors have struggled to string together back-to-back victories this year. 

They had wins in Rounds 1 (19-6 v Gold Coast Titans), 3 (34-31 v Canberra Raiders), 6 (20-14 v St George Illawarra Dragons) and 8 (24-20 v North Queensland Cowboys). 

Three of their four losses have been against 2020 NRL Finalists having gone down to the Newcastle Knights, Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm.

Last weekend, the Warriors went down 38-32 to a Tom Trbojevic inspired Manly Sea Eagles side.

New Zealand Warriors Team News

Euan Aitken and Ben Murdoch-Masila have both been cleared to return this weekend from their injuries. 

Marcelo Montoya is expected to return next weekend from his knee injury. 

Addin Fonua-Blake will be out for at least another 10 weeks, while David Fusitu’a is set to miss several weeks with his hamstring injury. 

Peta Hiku is out for the season.

Murdoch-Masila returns to the back row this weekend, pushing Bayley Sironen out of the 17. Aitken is on the extended bench.

New Zealand Team List

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Edward Kosi 3. Adam Pompey 4. Rocco Berry 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Josh Curran 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Reece Walsh 18. Bayley Sironen 20. Jack Murchie 21. Eliesa Katoa 22. Euan Aitken

Parramatta Eels Form

The Eels have made a stunning start to the season, winning all but one of their opening 9 games this year. 

They won their opening four games against Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm, Cronulla Sharks and the Wests Tigers, before dropping their Round 5 clash to a very impressive St George Illawarra Dragons performance 26-12.

The Eels have bounced back very strongly, racking up four straight strong wins since, beating Canberra Raiders 35-10, the Broncos 46-6, Canterbury Bulldogs 32-10 and the Sydney Roosters last weekend 31-18.

Parramatta Eels Team News

The Eels will welcome back Waqa Blake and Nathan Brown this weekend. It is well timed given Marata Niukore, who had been filling in at centre for Blake, will be suspended for the next few weeks.

Dylan Brown is out for several weeks, also due to suspension from last weekend's game, while backup playmaker Will Smith is unavailable as he recovers from a thumb injury.

Jakob Arthur, son of coach Brad Arthur, is named to make his debut at five-eighth, while Ray Stone is on the bench. Shaun Lane drops from the run-on side to the bench, making way for the return of Nathan Brown.

Parramatta Eels Team List 

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

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It’s hard to see anything other than a win for the Eels. Their defence will be tested in the middle and it could be a high scoring, yet close affair.

Best Bet: Eels by 1-12 Winning Margin @180.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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