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Parramatta Eels vs St George Illawarra Dragons Predictions & Tips - Dragons to cover with a start

  • Parramatta Eels vs St George Illawarra Dragons predictions for Sunday's NRL Round 5 match
  • The match is being played at Bankwest Stadium (9.15am BST)
  • Eels have won their last 4 matches, Dragons have won their last 3 matches
  • The Dragons are tipped to keep it close with a +9.5 start
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Dragons can cover the line against the Eels (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 10 Apr 2021
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Parramatta Eels vs St George Illawarra Dragons Predictions

Both sides have started the season in good order, the Eels 4-0 and the Dragons 3-1 having lost their opening game. The Dragons are tipped to keep it close and win with the big +9.5 start.

  • Parramatta Eels have won their last 4 matches.
  • Parramatta Eels have won 9 of their last 11 matches against St George Illawarra Dragons.
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have won their last 3 matches.


Parramatta Eels have dominated St George Illawarra Dragons of late, winning nine of the last 11 meetings between the sides.

The Dragons did win the only encounter last year with a 14-12 victory at Bankwest Stadium. 

Parramatta Eels Form

The Eels have a perfect 4-0 record after the opening four rounds following their Easter Monday derby win over Wests Tigers.

Parramatta won a high-scoring affair at ANZ Stadium as they defeated their rivals 36-22 in the traditional Easter clash.

The Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 24-16 at Suncorp Stadium in Round 1 and defeated reigning premiers Melbourne Storm in Round 2 16-12. 

It became three wins from three with a 28-4 victory over Cronulla Sharks in Round 3 before the win over Wests on Monday.

Parramatta Eels Team News

Ryan Matterson returns for the Eels in the back row following his concussion absence.

Isaiah Papali’i drops down to the bench, where he is joined by Bryce Cartwright, who is set for his Eels debut after recovering from a broken jaw.

Keegan Hipgrave and Ray Stone are pushed into the reserves.

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. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Will Smith 17. Bryce Cartwright 18. Ray Stone 19. Haze Dunster 20. Keegan Hipgrave 21. Jordan Rankin

St George Illawarra Dragons Form

Since losing their opening game of the season 32-18 to rivals Cronulla Sharks, the Dragons have reeled off three wins from three games.

The Red V came out on top with a 25-18 win over North Queensland Cowboys in Round 2 before comfortably beating Manly Sea Eagles 38-12 in Round 3.

Last weekend, the Dragons were nine-point winners on the road at Newcastle Knights as they collected a third straight win from a 22-13 success.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News

The Dragons make one change to last week's side with Jack Bird returning from a one-game ban.

Bird's return forces Brayden Wiliame down to the interchange bench with Jackson Ford dropped to the reserves.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team List

1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Brayden Wiliame 18. Jackson Ford 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Jordan Pereira 21. Max Feagai

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The Eels have been impressed and are seeking a second straight 5-0 start to a season. They should come through this tricky test, with such a strong record against the Dragons. But I'm tipping St George to cover with a +9.5 start.

Best Bet: Dragons +9.5 Handicap @-105.26 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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