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Parramatta Eels vs Brisbane Broncos Predictions & Tips - Eels to cover the line in Darwin

  • Parramatta Eels vs Brisbane Broncos predictions for Friday's NRL Round 7 match
  • The match is being played at TIO Stadium (10.55am BST)
  • Parramatta have won their last 4 matches against Brisbane
  • The Eels are tipped to cover a -13.5 handicap
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Parramatta Eels have won 4 in a row against Brisbane Broncos (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 21 Apr 2021
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Parramatta Eels vs Brisbane Broncos Predictions


The Eels and Broncos clash on neutral ground in Darwin. Will that help the Broncos, who have had travel sickness outside of Brisbane? It's unlikely given their troubles on the road.

Parramatta caught the eye in the second period in Canberra and they can win comfortably once again against Brisbane by covering the line.

  • Parramatta Eels have won 5 of their last 6 matches.
  • Parramatta Eels have won their last 4 matches against Brisbane Broncos.
  • Parramatta Eels have won 3 of the last 4 matches against Brisbane Broncos by 14 or more points.
  • Parramatta Eels have covered the handicap line in 5 of their last 6 matches against Brisbane Broncos.
  • Brisbane Broncos have lost 16 of their last 17 matches.
  • Brisbane Broncos have lost 7 of their last 9 away matches by 13+ points.

Head To Head


Parramatta Eels have won four in a row against Brisbane Broncos, including a 24-16 victory at Suncorp Stadium in Round 1 this season.

The Eels trailed 16-0 at the break in their season opener before blitzing the Broncos with an impressive second-half performance.

Parramatta have now won seven of their last nine matches against the Broncos with the last four being by eight or more points. 

Parramatta Eels Form


Parramatta ended a long-standing hoodoo last weekend when scoring a first win at GIO Stadium since 2006 as the Eels defeated Canberra Raiders 35-10.

A four-try second-half performance was arguably the Eels' best 40 minutes of the season. They led 12-10 at the break and kept the Raiders scoreless in the second period.

It was the perfect tonic for Brad Arthur's side, who had lost their unbeaten record when going down 26-12 to the St George Illawarra Dragons the previous week.

The Eels had won their opening four games with victories over Brisbane Broncos, reigning premiers Melbourne Storm, Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers. 

Parramatta Eels Team News


Ryan Matterson's return to action from concussion was put on hold last week as he was a late withdrawal, and he may not feature again this weekend despite being named in the reserves.

The Eels do welcome back Dylan Brown from suspension with five-eighth Will Smith dropping to the bench. 

Keegan Hipgrave is in the reserves as a result and Jordan Rankin joins him on the extended bench.

Parramatta Eels Team List


1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Marata Niukore 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Viliami Penisini 16. Wiremu Greig 17. Bryce Cartwright 18. Haze Dunster 19. Jordan Rankin 20. Keegan Hipgrave 21. Ryan Matterson

Brisbane Broncos Form


The Broncos put up a spirited performance at home to ladder leaders Penrith Panthers last weekend before succumbing to a 20-12 defeat at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane led 12-10 at half-time and it took a 78th minute try from Nathan Cleary to finally see off the Broncos resistance.

It was a third straight loss for Kevin Walters' side, who are now 1-5 for the season.

They suffered heavy losses to Melbourne Storm 40-6 and South Sydney Rabbitohs 35-6 in the previous two weeks.

Brisbane Broncos Team News


Danny Levi comes onto the Brisbane Broncos bench after signing from affiliate club Norths Devils, who he has been representing in the Queensland Cup, on Tuesday.

The Broncos also have named Herbie Farnworth in the centres following a shoulder injury.

Farnworth's return means Richie Kennar drops out altogether, while Jesse Arthars and Tyson Gamble both come onto the reserves bench.

Brisbane Broncos Team List


1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. David Mead 5. Corey Oates 6. Brodie Croft 7. Tom Dearden 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Danny Levi 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Jordan Riki 18. Rhys Kennedy 19. Tyson Gamble 20. John Asiata 21. Jesse Arthars

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Verdict

The Eels have an excellent record against the Broncos, who don't travel well. Covering the handicap against Brisbane has been a regular for the Eels, and a -13.5 line is more than achievable for Parramatta on Friday.

Best Bet: Eels -13.5 Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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