Wests Tigers will look to secure an all-important two points heading into next week’s bye when they take on the Parramatta Eels this Monday at ANZ Stadium.

Winners in just one of their last seven, Wests Tigers know the importance of Monday night’s “four-point match” heading into a bye in order to keep their finals hopes alive — a task made difficult by the absence of Origin stars Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods.

However, it’s worth noting as well that the last time Jason Taylor’s side played without the star duo, they delivered arguably their best performance of the season to dismantle the defending premiers South Sydney Rabbitohs 34-6 back in Round 14.

Comfortable winners when they played the Eels earlier in the year, Wests Tigers will be hoping a strong recent record against Parramatta — winning nine of the last 12 meetings between the two sides — will again come to the fore on Monday night.

After struggling earlier in the year amidst a raft of off-field dramas, the Eels have bounced back on the field with three wins from their last four games, and will be looking to produce another strong performance to similarly keep their finals hopes alive.

It’s shaping as an intriguing clash between two sides that both have plenty to gain heading into their respective byes next weekend. Who will emerge with the two competition points? Read on for a full match preview including all the team news, analysis, statistics, need-to-know match day information and much more!

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Match Details

Date — Monday, July 6, 2015

Time — 7:00pm AEST (Gates open at 4:40pm)

Venue — ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

 

Match Officials

On-Field Referees — Gavin Badger and Alan Shortall

Touch Judges — Steve Carrall and Chris Sutton

Video Referees — Steve Clark and Luke Phillips

 

TV, Live Stream and Radio Information

TV — Live via Fox Sports 1 (Ch.501, check local guides)

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

Radio — Live via FM 104.9 Triple M Sydney (check local guides)

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

Parramatta Eels

James Tedesco

1

Corey Norman

Kevin Naiqama

2

Semi Radradra

Delouise Hoeter

3

Ryan Morgan

Nathan Milone

4

Brad Takairangi

Pat Richards

5

Bureta Faraimo

Mitchell Moses

6

Luke Kelly

Luke Brooks

7

Chris Sandow

Sauaso Sue

8

Junior Paulo

Dene Halatau (capt.)

9

Cody Nelson

Keith Galloway

10

Tim Mannah (capt.)

Kyle Lovett

11

Manu Ma’u

Chris Lawrence

12

Tepai Moeroa

Martin Taupau

13

Anthony Watmough

Manaia Cherrington

14

Pauli Pauli

Ava Seumanufagai

15

Darcy Lussick

Matthew Lodge

16

Danny Wicks

Brenden Santi

17

David Gower

Jack Buchanan

18

Joseph Paulo

Jason Taylor

Coach

Brad Arthur

 

2015 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

R11 — North Queensland Cowboys 8 def. Wests Tigers 0

R13 — Gold Coast Titans 27 def. Wests Tigers 20

R14 — Wests Tigers 34 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 6

R15 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 30 def. Wests Tigers 20

R16 — Penrith Panthers 35 def. Wests Tigers 12

 

Parramatta Eels

R11 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 def. Parramatta Eels 12

R12 — Parramatta Eels 26 def. Penrith Panthers 20

R13 — North Queensland Cowboys 36 def. Parramatta Eels 30

R14 — Parramatta Eels 26 def. Melbourne Storm 22

R16 — Parramatta Eels 16 def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 12

 

Match History

·       Against the Eels — Played 30, Won 13, Lost 16, Drawn 1

·       At ANZ Stadium — Played 7, Won 2, Lost 5, Drawn 0

 

Numbers to Know

•   73 — Parramatta rank third last in the league for completion percentage (73%).

•   14 — Semi Radradra is the second top try-scorer in the league this year with 14.

•   3 — Chris Sandow leads the league with three 40/20 kicks this year.

•   102 — James Tedesco leads the league with 102 tackle busts this year.

•   4 — Wests Tigers have won their last four Monday games against the Eels.