|Parramatta Eels vs St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Betting Odds and Game Info|
|NRL betting odds||Eels $1.28 at BetOnline | Dragons $3.75 at Sportsbet|
|When||Sunday, April 11 at 6:15pm AEST|
|Where||Bankwest Stadium – Parramatta, New South Wales|
|Last time they met||Eels 12-14 Dragons (R14, 2020)|
|Watch live||Fox League, Kayo|
In the NRL 2021 pre-season, a clash between the Parramatta Eels and St George Illawarra looked like a complete mismatch, but a run of three straight wins has the Dragons breathing fire ahead of their clash at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday evening. Many fans and experts predicted the Saints to be a contender for the wooden spoon, but how they are a $3.75 outsider compared to the Cowboys’ price against the Tigers in the earlier game is ridiculous.
Conversely, if Parramatta get the two points, it will be the third time in history they’ve started a season with five straight wins. On the other two occasions that happened, the Eels won premierships in 1983 and 1986. At the $1.28 price with leading online bookmakers, the money is coming in strong for the Blue and Golds.
Key matchup: Eels forwards vs Dragons forwards
The battle between the two forward packs will make for fascinating viewing. Anthony Griffin has put some long-missing starch into the St George Illawarra Dragons, but do they have the firepower to take on Junior Paulo after a brutal contest in Newcastle last start? Tariq Sims has to make life tough for Mitchell Moses on the left edge, and the Dragons middles will have to hunt as a pack to get the better of Paulo and the Eels. Keep his offloads down and the Saints will have taken a big step to stopping the Eels.
Parramatta Eels betting info
Maika Sivo and scoring tries at Bankwest Stadium go hand in hand, so you just have to get him in your bets. With odds of $8 available at top NRL betting sites, you have to get a few bucks on Sivo to score first. Junior Paulo should also be on everyone’s betting slip at $5 to score a try, as the Dragons still have the occasional moment where they allow soft points on the goal line to a big man. The -9.5 line is a little dangerous, so take the 1-12 margin at $3; their opposition is being underestimated.
- Clint Gutherson
- Maika Sivo
- Tom Opacic
- Marata Niukore
- Blake Ferguson
- Dylan Brown
- Mitchell Moses
- Reagan Campbell-Gillard
- Reed Mahoney
- Junior Paulo
- Shaun Lane
- Ryan Matterson
- Nathan Brown
- Oregon Kaufusi
- Isaiah Papali’i
- Will Smith
- Bryce Cartwright
St George Illawarra Dragons betting info
The Matt Dufty and Zac Lomax double went missing last week, but expect it to come back strong this round. At $6.75 with Sportsbet, there’s a bit of value to be had in a two-leg multi for them to both score. The +9.5 line feels like a good shout for the Saints too, as they’ll have taken enormous confidence out of their win last week when they got the cash with the exact same line.
St George Illawarra Dragons
- Matt Dufty
- Cody Ramsay
- Jack Bird
- Zac Lomax
- Mikaele Ravalawa
- Corey Norman
- Adam Clune
- Blake Lawrie
- Andrew McCullough
- Paul Vaughan
- Josh Kerr
- Tariq Sims
- Tyrell Fuimaono
- Poasa Faamausili
- Trent Merrin
- Daniel Alvaro
- Baryden Wiliame
Eels vs Dragons betting prediction
We think Parramatta by the 1-12 margin is the way this one goes. The Dragons are famous for their good early-season form and while they might not win this one, they should push the Eels all the way.
Parramatta Eels by 1-12 points
Eels vs Dragons same game multi
Eels 1-12 with Maika Sivo, Matt Dufty and Zac Lomax all to score at $31 with Sportsbet is too hard to pass up.
Eels 1-12 / Sivo anytime / Dufty anytime / Lomax anytime
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