|Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks NRL Betting Odds and Game Info|
|NRL betting odds||Eels $1.36 at BetOnline | Sharks $3.10 at BetOnline|
|When||Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:35pm AEDT|
|Where||Bankwest Stadium – Parramatta, New South Wales|
|Last time they met||Sharks 12-14 Eels (R13, 2020)|
|Watch live||Fox League, Kayo|
The Cronulla Sharks must face the dreaded ‘team in the top eight’ when they take on the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium this Saturday night in the third week of the 2021 NRL season.
While on paper the result appears to be a fait accompli, it could be a wild ride given these two teams both love to throw the footy around. Cronulla have a batch of exciting kids who have performed well under coach John Morris, but the overall class and physicality of Parramatta will prove too much to handle – especially at Bankwest, where the Eels seldom lose to anyone. Maika Sivo has more tries scored than games played at the venue, so the right edge of Cronulla is in for a torrid night.
The punters and online bookmakers feel extremely strong about the Eels’ chances at the $1.36 price, and there is nothing in the form line of these two clubs that suggests the apple cart will be upset.
Key matchup: Junior Paulo vs Aaron Woods
Junior Paulo might be the most complete prop in the game. He is damaging with every carry and tests the middle third for every moment he is on the field, as he showed with an immense display against a Melbourne Storm side who pride themselves on dominating in that area. Just imagine what he can do to a Cronulla side that contains Aaron Woods, who is a horrible defender and puts in several lazy efforts in every game he plays. The Sharks have to stand up in the middle or else it will be a painful trip to the golden west of Sydney.
Parramatta Eels betting info
As stated earlier, Maika Sivo is just automatic when he plays at Bankwest. Don’t even look at the odds – just get him in your multis and even double down by backing him to score first. Clint Gutherson and Reed Mahoney are good options for value to score at any time this week, as they should have a field day in the middle on the back of Junior Paulo. The 13+ margin at $2.60 is the way punters should be leaning with dryer weather in the forecast after flooding in much of New South Wales in the past 10 days. Don’t even think about taking the unders at the 39.5 points line either; with Cronulla’s love for getting into shootouts, there is an easy $1.90 return to be had on the overs.
- Clint Gutherson
- Maika Sivo
- Tom Opacic
- Marata Niukore
- Blake Ferguson
- Dylan Brown
- Mitchell Moses
- Reagan Campbell-Gillard
- Reed Mahoney
- Junior Paulo
- Shaun Lane
- Isaiah Papali’i
- Nathan Brown
- Oregon Kaufusi
- Keegan Hipgrave
- Will Smith
- Ray Stone
Cronulla Sharks betting info
The dreaded ‘top eight’ curse is hanging around the Cronulla Sharks like a bad smell, and it just feels like they are a long way from winning against the Eels. They would have got over the line against Canberra had Chad Townsend bought his kicking boots, but the +7.5 line even feels in danger for this game. Cronulla will score some points despite the Eels showing excellent resolve against the Storm in defence, and we think the two wingers in Sione Katoa and Ronaldo Mulitalo are a good place to start. Wade Graham might be a good value pick this week as the Eels reshuffle their right edge to accommodate the expected loss of Ryan Matterson – for if anyone in the Cronulla squad can pull apart a vulnerable edge, it’s the wily veteran.
- William Kennedy
- Sione Katoa
- Josh Dugan
- Connor Tracey
- Ronaldo Mulitalo
- Matt Moylan
- Chad Townsend
- Braden Hamlin-Uele
- Blayke Brailey
- Aaron Woods
- Briton Nikora
- Wade Graham
- Toby Rudolf
- Teig Wilton
- Aiden Tolman
- Jack Williams
- Billy Magoulias
Eels vs Sharks betting prediction
We think the Eels will win this by 13 or more points in a high-scoring affair, and Junior Paulo might just get another three Dally M Medal votes.
Parramatta Eels by 13+ points
Eels vs Sharks same game multi
Maika Sivo to score two or more tries in a Parramatta 13+ win feels like the best way to end Super Saturday. Put those two bets together in a same-game multi for a $6.25 return at Sportsbet.
Eels 13+ / Sivo 2+ tries
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