Wests Tigers – $2.15 at Bet365
Parramatta Eels – $1.72
In a weekend of milestones, Benji Marshall will play his 300th game of NRL footy when Wests Tigers take on the Parramatta Eels this weekend.
Michael Maguire’s men went down to the Sydney Roosters last time out, but there are signs of improvement and finals are very much in play.
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Now they meet a Parramatta side that went into last week’s bye round in excellent spirits after consecutive wins over the Brisbane Broncos and the Canberra Raiders.
Both these teams call Bankwest Stadium home and only two points separate them on the ladder, so there should be plenty of local interest in Sunday’s derby.
Wests Tigers Round 17 team news
Queensland rep Moses Mbye is named to start in the centres, thus pushing Paul Momirovski into the reserves. Also on stand-by is Josh Reynolds, who has not featured in first grade since round seven.
Out: Paul Momirovski (reserves)
In: Moses Mbye
Parramatta Eels Round 17 team news
The Eels have opted for the same 13 that beat Canberra last time out. The only change is on the bench, where Marata Niukore replaces Peni Terepo.
Out: Peni Terepo (omitted)
In: Marata Niukore
Tigers vs Eels tryscorer betting tips
Corey Thompson – The Wests wingers have struggled to find the line in recent weeks, but Thompson has scored two tries from his last four starts at fullback and looks a good chance to hit the scoresheet at some stage.
Maika Sivo – It was Blake Ferguson who bagged a brace in the win over the Raiders two weeks ago, but Sivo leads the competition with 12 tries for the year and poses a threat regardless of how the Eels are playing.
Wests vs Parramatta NRL stats and trends
- Wests have lost two of their last three home fixtures
- The Tigers top the charts for decoy runs (862) and all runs (2,756)
- Parramatta have won each of their last three games at Bankwest Stadium
- The Eels rank third for try assists (44) and third for line break assists (40)
Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels betting predictions
It is a question of whether Parra can avoid the schoolboy errors that have dogged them all season. Their best is brilliant, but they give up more points per game than any other team in the top 11 places. The Tigers are more disciplined but don’t have the same kind of firepower in the back half, and that may be the difference.
Parramatta Eels to win by 1-12 points – $3.10 at Sportsbet
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