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Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels Tips - Eels to cover

  • Round 20 gets underway at BB Print Stadium on Thursday
  • The Roosters have won their last 3 games
  • The Eels have lost 2 of 3
  • The Eels beat the Roosters in Round 9
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The Eels are out to extend their winning streak. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
As if a Grand Final rematch wasn’t enough, we’ll also be treated to a huge battle between fourth and fifth on Thursday night when the Roosters (12-6, 26 points) and Eels (13-5, 28 points) get together in Mackay.

These two sides seemed to be heading in opposite directions at one point, but the script has been flipped with the Tri-Colours rattling off three impressive wins over the Bulldogs, Cowboys and Knights leading in.

Trent Robinson’s side was enormous last week in their demolition over Newcastle, particularly considering the Roosters trailed by eight points early on.

The same can’t be said for the Eels however as the blue and gold failed to get the job done against a brave Raiders outfit on the Gold Coast.

James Tedesco was the catalyst for Sydney’s come-from-behind victory last week, and he’ll need to produce a similar effort following injuries to Matt Ikavalu and Billy Smith.

The Eels hold similar concerns for Marata Niukore, but they do look the safer side to bet on this week regardless.

Parramatta is undefeated in its last 10 games as the away favourite, while the Eels also manhandled the Roosters by a score of 31-18 when they met earlier in May.

Last week was a very uncharacteristic performance from Brad Arthur’s men as they struggled mightily for possession against Canberra. 

Verdict

That may have been the wakeup call the Eels needed though, and with a very impressive 7-2 record over the last 12 months on the back of a loss, the $2.00 about them to carry the line looks good value.

Best Bet: Eels -4.5 Line @100 at BetMGM - 1 Unit

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