If it’s drama you want, the Parramatta Eels are the team to watch.
Brad Arthur’s men cracked into the top four last season, but they failed to make an impact in the finals with their all-action style of play.
Will we see a more consistent Parra side in 2021? Let’s look at the latest NRL odds for the Eels.
About the Parramatta Eels
|Home grounds:||ANZ Stadium
|Premierships:||Four – 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986|
|2020 ladder finish:||Third (15-5)|
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Updated Parramatta Eels futures odds
|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Top Tryscorer|
|Feb||$15||$1.70||$3.50||M Sivo $10|
|Mar||$15||$1.70||$3.50||M Sivo $10|
Best Parramatta Eels bets for NRL 2021
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for Parramatta, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- While the Eels were there or thereabouts for much of the 2020 NRL season, they never truly looked like threatening the top few sides in the finals. They will have to find something extra this year if they wish end their premiership drought.
- Parra finished third on the ladder last season despite some extended patches of ordinary form, so there is some value to be had in backing them to make the top four again this year. The question is which of the four or five teams ahead of them in the betting you would expect them to outrank over the course of the campaign.
- This is one market where the Eels can figure prominently. Maika Sivo has racked up 37 tries in his two NRL campaigns, so it is no surprise to see him right in the mix at $10 in the preseason markets.
2021 Parramatta Eels draw
|1||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, March 12||8:05pm|
|2||Melbourne Storm||Bankwest Stadium||Thursday, March 18||8:05pm|
|3||Cronulla Sharks||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, March 27||7:35pm|
|4||Wests Tigers||Stadium Australia||Monday, April 5||4pm|
|5||St George Illawarra Dragons||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, April 11||6:15pm|
|6||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Saturday, April 17||7:35pm|
|7||Brisbane Broncos||TIO Stadium||Friday, April 23||7:55pm|
|8||Canterbury Bulldogs||Stadium Australia||Saturday, May 1||5:30pm|
|9||Sydney Roosters||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, May 7||7:55pm|
|10||New Zealand Warriors||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, May 16||1:50pm|
|11||Manly Sea Eagles||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, May 23||4:05pm|
|12||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Stadium Australia||Saturday, May 29||5:30pm|
|13||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Sunday, June 6||4:05pm|
|14||Wests Tigers||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, June 13||4:05pm|
|15||Canterbury Bulldogs||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, June 20||2pm|
|16||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Friday, July 2||7:55pm|
|18||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Friday, July 16||6pm|
|19||Canberra Raiders||Bankwest Stadium||Thursday, July 22||7:50pm|
|20||Sydney Roosters||Sydney Cricket Ground||Thursday, July 29||7:50pm|
|21||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, August 6||7:55pm|
|22||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Saturday, August 14||7:35pm|
|23||North Queensland Cowboys||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, August 21||7:35pm|
|24||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Saturday, August 28||7:35pm|
|25||Penrith Panthers||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, September 3||7:55pm|
Eels players to watch in 2021
Can Clint Gutherson take that next step and become one of the game’s very best fullbacks? The Parramatta captain is as gutsy and whole-hearted as they come, but the Eels will need a little more than sheer graft from their skipper if they are to make an impact in the spring.
Mitchell Moses turned from hero to villain in last year’s finals when a missed conversion from point-blank range triggered a series of events that saw the Eels eliminated by the Rabbitohs. You can bet your cotton socks he is craving an opportunity to make up for that blooper.
Position: Second row
Bryce Cartwright’s stuttering NRL career suffered another setback in February when he broke his jaw during a preseason training session. The second-rower played only seven games for the Gold Coast Titans last year, and it remains to be seen whether Parramatta’s gamble will pay off.
Parramatta Eels records and stats
- Most games: 330 – Nathan Hindmarsh
Most career points: 2001 – Mike Cronin
Most points in a season: 282 – Mick Cronin (1978)
Most career tries: 111 – Luke Burt
Most tries in a season: 24 – Jay Dona (2015)
Most points in a match: 28 – Luke Burt (vs. Panthers, 2002)
- Most consecutive wins: 12 (1964, 1977)
Most consecutive losses: 19 (1959-60)
Biggest winning margin: 74-4 (vs. Sharks, 2003)
Biggest losing margin: 0-68 (vs. Raiders, 1993)
Largest NRL attendance: 104,583 (vs. Dragons at Stadium Australia, 1999)
- The idea of a first-grade club in Parramatta was first floated in the 1930s, but it was not until the end of World War II that the dream became reality. The early years were hard work and the team did not feature in the NSWRL finals until 1962.
Things started to come together in the 1970s, when the Eels played in six consecutive finals series and made back-to-back grand final appearances. In ’76 they suffered a narrow defeat to Manly after Neville Glover’s infamous fumble in the dying moments, and a year later were beaten in a replay by St George.
Those near-misses foreshadowed a golden age for Parra footy. Blessed with a star-studded squad that included Mick Cronin, Steve Ella, Brett Kenny, Ray Price and Peter Sterling, the Eels claimed their first premiership in 1981. They repeated the feat in ’82, did it again in ’83, just missed out in ’84 and returned to the top in ’86. That’s four flags and five grand finals in six years.
Those remain the greatest days in Parramatta’s history. The club has not claimed another premiership since, despite finishing top of the ladder in 2001 and 2005. The Eels were runners-up to the Melbourne Storm in 2009 – one of two flags that were stripped due to salary cap breaches. Parra’s grievances over that injustice were rendered null and void in 2016, when the club was docked premiership points and fined $1 million for cheating the salary system.