Bankwest Stadium will play host to Thursday's Round 1 NRL game between Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs. The game kicks off at 8:05 pm with Parramatta Eels heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Parramatta Eels vs. Canterbury Bulldogs game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Thursday March 12, 2020 at 8:05 pm
Where: Bankwest Stadium
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Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury Bulldogs Odds
Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury Bulldogs Preview
The Eels and Bulldogs will do battle in the season opener on Thursday night and as much as the NRL have tried to hype up the ‘traditional rivalry’ between the two clubs, there’s every chance that this game will prove to be an anticlimax.
A competitive season always seems to be expected of Parramatta prior to it actually beginning and their one win in the 2019 finals has ensured that is the case again. They are tied on the fourth line of 2020 Premiership betting at publish, but I’ll need to see them make the top four before I am at all sold on their chances. Centre Waqa Blake is under an injury cloud this week, but exciting forwards Ryan Matterson and Reagan Campbell-Gillard are both confirmed to debut.
The Dogs never looked good in 2019, but the new season renews optimism and the only way for them is up. They’ll enjoy their first full season with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak at fullback and that alone will surely put them in better stead this time around, but they still harbour a young and reasonably inexperienced squad and will frequently find the going difficult.
To their credit, the Eels do look a strong side on paper, and they should be winning this relatively easily.
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Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury Bulldogs Teams
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Brad Takairangi 15. Marata Niukore 16. Kane Evans 17. Peni Terepo 18. Will Smith 19. Ray Stone 20. Oregon Kaufusi 21. George Jennings
Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Will Hopoate 5. Christian Crichton 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Joe Stimson 13. Adam Elliott 14. Dean Britt 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Kerrod Holland 19. Ofahiki Ogden 20. Jake Averillo 21. Sione Katoa 22. Jack Cogger