Wests Tigers will be determined to secure the two points on offer this Sunday as they take on the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium in what will be Benji Marshall's 300th game.
Returning to Bankwest Stadium for their third game in a row and their fourth home game in the past five weeks, Michael Maguire's side will no doubt have their Easter Monday clash against the Eels still front and centre of their minds as they look to turn that tough performance around to stay in touch with the top eight.
Sitting ninth on the ladder after two wins in their past three matches, Wests Tigers can ill-afford to slip further behind the likes of Parramatta and Cronulla with just three wins separating the Raiders in fourth and the Broncos in 14th.
Wests Tigers are boosted by the return of captain Moses Mbye from his State of Origin commitments this week, as he returns at centre in place of Paul Momirovski.
Ben Matulino (knee) remains sidelined, allowing Josh Aloiai to start up front alongside Alex Twal, with Matt Eisenhuth once again filling the lock role. Robert Jennings has been named on the wing despite being forced off last week with a nasty cut to the head, with Michael Chee Kam named on the bench.
Following a good win over the Canberra Raiders in Darwin prior to his side's Round 16 bye, Parramatta Coach Brad Arthur has confirmed an unchanged starting lineup for this week's game with the only change that of Marata Niukore, who comes on to the bench in place of Peni Terepo (suspension). Blake Ferguson will also back up after his setting up the match-winning try for New South Wales on Wednesday.
Marshall's milestone will no doubt be a special occasion, with the Life Member becoming the first player to bring up his 300th game in Wests Tigers colours.
He will also become the 38th player in Premiership history to reach the milestone and the fifth to do it having played for Wests Tigers during their career.
Date — Sunday, July 14, 2019
Time — 4:05pm AEST
Venue — Bankwest Stadium
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live via Channel 9 and FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M and NRL Nation
Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass, 9NOW and Watch NRL (int.)
LATEST TEAM NEWS
Wests Tigers — Captain Moses Mbye returns to the starting side after representing Queensland on Wednesday night, replacing Paul Momirovski.
Parramatta Eels — Marata Niukore joining the side in place of the suspended Peni Terepo while Blake Ferguson will back up after Wednesday's Origin decider.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey ThompsonFullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Robert JenningsWinger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Moses MbyeCentre for Eels is number 3 Brad Takairangi
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan MarstersCentre for Eels is number 4 Josh Hoffman
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 David NofoalumaWinger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji MarshallFive-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh AloiaiProp for Eels is number 8 Kane Evans
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie FarahHooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex TwalProp for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris Lawrence2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Manu Ma'u
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew EisenhuthLock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob LiddleInterchange for Eels is number 14 Jaeman Salmon
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Eels is number 15 Marata Niukore
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Elijah TaylorInterchange for Eels is number 16 David Gower
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-KamInterchange for Eels is number 17 Tepai Moeroa
LATEST NEDS ODDS
H2H — Wests Tigers ($2.14), Parramatta Eels ($1.70)
Line — Wests Tigers +2.5 ($1.90), Parramatta Eels -2.5 ($1.90)
Odds correct on Thursday, July 11 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly
Overall — Played 38, Parramatta Eels 22, Wests Tigers 15, Drawn 1
At Bankwest Stadium — Played 1, Parramatta Eels 1, Wests Tigers 0
Last Time They Met — Parramatta Eels 51 def. Wests Tigers 6 (Rd.6, 2019)
Match Referees — Gerard Sutton and Adam Cassidy
Touch Judges — Tim Roby and Rickey McFarlane
Review Officials — Ben Lowe and Steve Chiddy