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Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels Predictions & Tips - Roosters to secure finals spot with a win

  • Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels tips for Thursday's NRL Round 20 match
  • The match is being played at BB Print Stadium Mackay (10.50am BST)
  • The Roosters have won 4 of their last 5 games against the Eels
  • Will the Roosters revenge defeat to the Eels earlier this season?
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Sydney Roosters are tipped to beat Parramatta Eels (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 28 Jul 2021
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Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels Predictions


Round 20 gets underway with a blockbuster. The Roosters have had the better of the Eels, but Parramatta won when the sides met earlier this season. 

I'm backing the Roosters to come away with the win and move level with the Eels on the ladder.

  • Sydney Roosters have won their last 3 matches.
  • Sydney Roosters have won 4 of their last 5 games against the Parramatta Eels.
  • Parramatta Eels have lost 2 of their last 3 games.
  • Parramatta Eels’ Maika Sivo has scored 13 tries in his last 12 games.

Head to Head


Sydney Roosters have enjoyed plenty of success, winning four of their last five games against the Parramatta Eels.

The Eels did end a four-game losing run when claiming a 31-18 victory over the Roosters in Round 9 this season.

Sydney Roosters Form


The Roosters suffered back-to-back losses against ladder leaders Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm, but have reacted in the best possible way.

Trent Robinson's side bounced back with three straight victories and can now wrap up a finals spot with a win against the Eels.

The Roosters scored a 22-16 win over the last placed Canterbury Bulldogs and defeated North Queensland Cowboys 34-18 in Townsville.

Sydney made it three in a row with a 28-8 win over Newcastle Knights last weekend.

Sydney Roosters Team News


Billy Smith has been ruled out for the season with an ankle injury, leading to a return in the centres for Josh Morris alongside the recalled Adam Keighran.

Joey Manu will move to the wing this week to cover the loss of Matt Ikuvalu (ankle).

Prop Siosiua Taukeiaho returns from a hamstring injury after being named on the interchange with Fletcher Baker dropping to the reserves.

Sydney Roosters Team List


1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Adam Keighran, 5. Joseph Manu, 6. Drew Hutchison, 7. Sam Walker, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Sam Verrills, 10. Isaac Liu, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Victor Radley, 14. Lachlan Lam, 15. Nat Butcher, 16. Egan Butcher, 17. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 18. Ben Marschke, 19. Fletcher Baker, 20. Moala Graham-Taufa, 21. Naufahu Whyte

Parramatta Eels Form


Parramatta Eels' top four hopes have suffered a blow after losing two of their last three matches.

Last week, Brad Arthur's side went down 12-10 in a disappointing performance after the struggling Canberra Raiders.

The Eels had also lost 13-12 to Penrith Panthers three weeks ago with a 26-8 victory over the Gold Coast Titans sandwiched in between.

Parramatta Eels Team News


Centre Tom Opacic returns for the Eels after he was given a rest last week.

The other change sees knee injury victim Marata Niukore replaced on the interchange bench by Bryce Cartwright.

Parramatta Eels Team List


1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Tom Opacic, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Dylan Brown, 7. Jake Arthur, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Isaiah Papali'i, 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Nathan Brown, 14. Bryce Cartwright, 15. Shaun Lane, 16. Oregon Kaufusi, 17. Will Smith, 18. Haze Dunster, 19. Ray Stone, 20. Will Penisini, 21. Joey Lussick

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Verdict

Expect a reaction to last week's performance from the Eels, but the Roosters make plenty of appeal as outsiders. I'm backing Sydney as outsiders in this contest. 

Parramatta Eels’ Maika Sivo continues to score tries and is also tipped.

Best Bet: Roosters Win Match Result @135.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Anytime Tryscorer Tip: Maika Sivo Anytime Tryscorer @-149.25 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Maika Sivo First Tryscorer @850.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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