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NRL ROUND 9

PARRAMATTA EELS VS SYDNEY ROOSTERS

FRIDAY MAY 7, 7.55 PM, BANKWEST STADIUM, SYDNEY

Friday night is an out and out blockbuster, as the Eels host the Roosters, on the back of a devastating night despite their win last weekend for the Chooks, as they lost Collins and Brett Morris to season-ending knee injuries.  Parramatta will be quietly confident, as they are rolling and in fine form, following their win against Canterbury, 32-10, but will be wary of the fact their last few games have been against teams, not nearly as good as the Roosters.  Despite the devastation, the Roosters were fine, beating the Knights by 38-4, in what was clearly one of their best efforts of 2021, even without Tedesco, they remain 4th, with the Eels in 2nd, making for another incentive for the Roosters to win.  Heavy rains will have abated by game-time, and given the remarkable drainage at Stadium Australia, the ground should be good to play on, in front of what should be a crowd of substance, given these two teams quality.

Coach Arthur has named the same 17, that did the job against Canterbury, but Nathan Brown is surely under some kind of doubt after suffering a hip injury, it would be an easy fix though, with their depth.  Most likely, Kaufusi would start and either Hipgrave or Greig would be promoted to fill the void.  The Roosters do have Tedesco returning, which allows Manu to fill his usual centre position, and replace Morris, while Tuakeiaho starts ahead of the hurt Collins, and Marschke starts at hooker ahead of Verrills, who sustained an eye injury.  Complicating the Roosters roster crunch is the suspension of Tupouniua for 1 game, which allows Butcher a start, while Keighran, Baker and Suluka-Fifita all return to a new-look bench.

It was the Roosters who shone against Parramatta last time they met, in June 2020, as they won 24-10, but incredibly 7 of the 17 players from Sydney are not available, moved on or retired, just 11 months later.  What makes this game such a fierce contest and thrilling for the crowd, is the likelihood of them meeting again later in the season, as the Chooks are $9 title chances and the Eels even better at $8.  Parramatta are $1.50 favourites, but only by 5.5 points in the handicap market, while the Roosters are $2.60, probably a reaction that isn’t totally warranted due to their depth of players, after the injured brigade were ruled out.

PREDICTION: Roosters to triumph, beating the Eels by 6.

BETTING TIP: $3.75 is very nice odds for this Roosters team to win by 1-12, they will be out to show they can do it without their injured stars.

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