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Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders NRL Preview and Team News - Raiders won eight of last 10 games against Eels

Andrew Hendrie 18 May 2017
  • Parramatta Eels meet Canberra Raiders on Saturday night
  • Raiders won eight of last 10 meetings
Eels face Raiders on Saturday

Both the Parramatta Eels and Canberra Raiders will be determined to erase their last-start performances from their memory when they do battle in NRL Round 11 action at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Parramatta and Canberra turned up diabolical displays last week, but one team will return to the winners circle this week (and maybe a place in the top eight), while the loser will make a further slide into what is a worrying spiral.

The Eels were never at the races last week against the Roosters and were ultimately crushed 48-10, meaning they are now winless at Allianz in their last six games by copping a 182-32 scoreline.

Canberra meanwhile were outplayed by the current wooden spooners the Newcastle Knights, going down 34-20 in the Hunter.

However, the good news is that both clubs have the chance to right the wrongs from last week, and they will each fancy their chances of doing just that.

Parramatta suffered a big blow last week with chief playmaker Corey Norman set to miss the next month of action with a knee strain, however that impact is softened by the arrival of Mitchell Moses from the Tigers, who will slot straight into the halves alongside Clint Gutherson.

The Raiders have been one of the season’s biggest disappointments. After reaching the preliminary finals last year and transforming into the competition’s resident entertainers, Canberra just haven’t clicked this year.

It’s a puzzling situation for Ricky Stuart’s side, who are lining up pretty much the same as last season, but just seem to be off the pace at the moment.

When they do get it right, the Raiders are almost unstoppable, but unfortunately for the Green Machine, that just hasn’t been happening enough in 2017. But with the Eels missing Norman, they have a great chance to return to the winners circle on Saturday night. Both these sides don’t deserve a tip after what they dished up last week, but someone has to win, so I’ll tentatively back the Raiders on potential alone.

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  • Raiders won eight of the last 10 meetings
  • Canberra just two from their last seven at ANZ
  • First clash between the sides at ANZ

Team Lists


Mitchell Moses will come in for Will Smith in the Parramatta halves, while Bevan French returns at fullback.

Josh Papalii comes back into the forwards for Canberra, pushing Luke Bateman back to the bench and Dunamis Lui to the reserves.

Eels: 1. Bevan French 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Kirisome Auva’a 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Clint Gutherson 7. Will Smith 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14. Beau Scott (c) 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Kenny Edwards 17. Siosaia Vave 18. David Gower 19. Rory O’Brien 20. Brad Takairangi 21. Mitch Moses

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (c) 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joe Tapine. Interchange: 14. Adam Clydsdale 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Clay Priest 17. Sia Soliola 18. Dunamis Lui 19. Jordan Turner 20. Dave Taylor 21. Scott Sorensen

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