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.
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.)
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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.
Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton GuthersonFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika SivoWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael JenningsCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Chris Lawrence
Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa BlakeCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake FergusonWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan BrownFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Billy Walters
Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell MosesHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall
Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-GillardProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed MahoneyHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior PauloProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Russell Packer
2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 14 Sam McIntyre
Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan BrownLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange for Eels is number 14 Andrew DaveyInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 11 Michael Chee-Kam
Interchange for Eels is number 15 Marata NiukoreInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Luke Brooks
Interchange for Eels is number 16 Stefano UtoikamanuInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Oliver Clark
Interchange for Eels is number 17 Brad TakairangiInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Shawn Blore
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.
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)
Referee — Gerard Sutton
Touch Judges — Chris Butler and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
Review — Ben Galea and Jared Maxwell