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2019 NRL Round 21 betting predictions – Eels vs Knights

Eels vs Knights NRL Round 21 betting tips

Parramatta Eels$1.66 at Sportsbet
Newcastle Knights$2.30 at Bet365

Two teams in very different situations will meet at Bankwest Stadium this Saturday in a clash that could help shape the NRL finals.

The Parramatta Eels are sitting pretty in sixth place after breaking their away-game hoodoo with a gritty 12-4 win over St George Illawarra.

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Depending on other results this week, another home victory could put Brad Arthur’s men within striking distance of the top four.

The Newcastle Knights were cruising towards the finals a few weeks ago, but five consecutive defeats have seen them slide from fifth to 11th.

With the likes of Cronulla, Wests, Penrith and Brisbane all lifting their game over the past month, the Knights need to turn things around ASAP to have any hope of featuring in September.

Parramatta Eels Round 21 team news

– Latest Parramatta Eels odds

With Parra in prime form, the selectors have named an unchanged 17 for Saturday’s game at Bankwest. Greg Leleisiuao, Jaeman Salmon, Peni Terepo and Stefano Utoikamanu are named in the reserves.

Out: None
In: None

Newcastle Knights Round 21 team news

– Latest Newcastle Knights odds

Despite five losses in a row, Knights coach Nathan Brown has stuck with the same squad that got done by Manly Warringah last week. Jamie Buhrer, Beau Fermor, Danny Levi and Jirah Momoisea are on standby.

Out: None
In: None

Eels vs Knights Round 21 tryscorer tips

Maika Sivo – Parra’s tryscoring machine needed only four minutes to break the deadlock against the Dragons last time out. Sivo leads the NRL with 15 majors for the year, so it is no surprise he is Sportsbet’s $7 favourite in first tryscorer betting.

Kalyn Ponga – Who knows where the Knights would be without their superstar fullback? Ponga has found the line in eight of his last 10 NRL starts, which makes his $2.40 anytime tryscorer odds at Sportsbet look like very good value indeed.

Eels vs Knights NRL stats and trends

Eels vs Knights NRL Round 21 predictions

Neither of these teams have especially good defensive numbers, so we should see an open game with plenty of action at either end. While the Knights are in all sorts of trouble, the Eels are deadly at home and should fill their boots.

Parramatta Eels by 13+ points – $3.50 at Sportsbet