MATCH PREVIEW | Eels v Bulldogs, Round 22
The Parramatta Eels take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Thursday 3 August in Round 22 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
For the clash, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has named an unchanged line up after the Eels came away 28-14 victors over the Brisbane Broncos last week.
Daniel Alvaro, Kenny Edwards, Suaia Matagi, Peni Terepo, David Gower, Will Smith, Frank Pritchard and Josh Hoffman form the extended bench.
For the Bulldogs, Head Coach Des Hasler has made changes to his line up that suffered a 16-8 defeat last week, with winger Brett Morris returning from injury in place of Kerrod Holland whilst Sam Kasiano and Adam Elliott have also been named after receiving knocks in their clash against the Panthers last week.
The Eels currently sit sixth on the ladder, and enter the clash with five wins in a row. The Bulldogs however, sit 13th on the ladder with seven wins this season, coming off a two game losing streak into Round 22.
Histroically, the Bulldogs hold a slight advantage over the Blue & Gold, but in recent times, the Eels have won the past three games against their traditional rivals.
In the last time these two sides met, Round 17, 2017, the Eels came away 13-12 victors with halfback Mitch Moses kicking a field goal in golden point to secure the win.
Kick off is at 7:50pm.
Match Details: Parramatta Eels v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium, Thursday 3 August. Kick off at 7:50pm.
Televised: Channel Nine and Fox League – Live from 7.30pm.
The History: Played 140; Bulldogs 75; Eels 60; Drawn 5. The Eels are now on a three-game winning run against the Dogs, reversing a poor run of nine losses in 10 games against the blue and whites from 2011-15. With both clubs calling ANZ home this year there is little on offer in the way of home advantage, although the Eels (six straight wins at ANZ) are enjoying the Stadium more than the Dogs (four losses in past five games) of late.
Parramatta Eels squad: 1. Bevan French 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Kirisome Auva’a 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitch Moses 8. Siosaia Vave 9. Cameron King 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14. Daniel Alvaro 15. Kenny Edwards 16. Suaia Matagi 17. Peni Terepo 18. David Gower 19. Will Smith 20. Frank Pritchard 21. Josh Hoffman
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs squad: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Chase Stanley 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Matt Frawley 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Moses Mbye 10. James Graham (c) 11. Josh Jackson 12. Adam Elliott 13. David Klemmer
Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 16. Danny Fualalo 17. Michael Lichaa 19. Francis Tualau 20. Kerrod Holland 21. Asipeli Fine 23. Brenko Lee
Match officials: Referee: Grant Atkins. Assistant Referee: Gavin Reynolds. Touch judges: Belinda Sleeman and Nick Beashel. Review Official: Bernard Sutton. Senior RO: Luke Patten.