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Neds Match Preview: Round 11

Wests Tigers will look to further consolidate their spot in the top eight when they take on competition heavyweights Parramatta in the opening game of Round 11 at Bankwest Stadium.

Entering the round in seventh position and full of confidence after their 48-0 thrashing of the Brisbane Broncos last Friday, Michael Maguire's side know they will need to produce a similarly strong performance this weekend if they're to knock off the Eels for their first win over a top eight side this season.

Despite going down to the Sea Eagles last week and surrendering top spot on the ladder in the process, Parramatta are certainly still one of the title favourites this season and will be looking to keep their unbeaten start at home alive this week.

The Eels have lost just three times at Bankwest Stadium since its official opening last year, and had two wins over Wests Tigers at the venue in 2019.

After their 48-point drubbing of the Broncos, Wests Tigers are expected to field a near identical side for Thursday's game with Billy Walters and Benji Marshall combining well in the halves against Brisbane. Both starting for the first time in over a month, Marshall and Walters each scored a try and set one up, and will look to combine again with in-form hooker Harry Grant this weekend.

For Parramatta, Blake Ferguson, Mitchell Moses and Ryan Matterson have all been named to return after they sat out last week's loss to the Sea Eagles.

Moses' return at halfback and Ferguson's inclusion on the wing sees Jai Field and George Jennings drop back to the reserves, while Matterson's return Brad Takairangi reverting to the bench in place of David Gower.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Thursday, July 23

Time — 7:50PM

Venue — Bankwest Stadium

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via Channel 9, FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio —AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB, FM 104.9 Triple M

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass and Watch NRL (int.)

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Parramatta — Blake Ferguson, Mitchell Moses and Ryan Matterson have all been named to return, while 2020 debutants Andrew Davey and Stefano Utoikamanu both retain their spots on the bench alongside Marata Niukore.

Wests Tigers — Michael Chee Kam and Oliver Clark both return to the side, with Luke Garner (concussion) and Thomas Mikaele (knee) ruled out. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Chris Lawrence
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Billy Walters
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Russell Packer
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 14 Sam McIntyre
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Andrew Davey
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 11 Michael Chee-Kam
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Marata Niukore
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Luke Brooks
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Oliver Clark
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Brad Takairangi
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Shawn Blore

LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Parramatta Eels ($1.38), Wests Tigers ($3.05)

Line — Parramatta Eels -8 ($2.00), Wests Tigers +8 ($2.00)

Odds correct as of 12:00pm, Tuesday July 21. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Overall — Played 40, Parramatta 23, Wests Tigers 15, Drawn 2

At Bankwest Stadium — Played 2, Parramatta Eels 2, Wests Tigers 0

Last Time They Met — Parramatta Eels 30 def. Wests Tigers 18 (Rd.17, 2019)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Gerard Sutton

Touch Judges — Chris Butler and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

Review — Ben Galea and Jared Maxwell