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Wests Tigers will look to end their 2020 season on a winning note when they take on the Parramatta Eels in their final home game of the year at Bankwest Stadium this Saturday night.

Despite a disappointing campaign that has left Michael Maguire's side outside the top eight, Wests Tigers will certainly head in to the contest determined to finish the year with a positive performance and sending departing Life Members Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence out as winners in their final club game.

Both Marshall and Lawrence have been named to start in a new-look side for Saturday's game with Tommy Talau, Zane Musgrove and Luke Garner all returning to the run-on side. The trio take the place of Joey Leilua, Josh Aloiai and Sam McIntyre, while Michael Chee Kam and Shawn Blore also return on the bench for their first game in Wests Tigers colours in over a month.

Luke Brooks' return is key for Wests Tigers as he takes his spot in the number seven jersey once again following a suspension last weekend and will complete the  club's regular 2020 spine of Adam Doueihi, Marshall, Brooks and Harry Grant.

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While Wests Tigers will head in to the contest playing for pride, Parramatta will head in to the contest knowing whether or not they need to win to secure a top-four finish — something the blue and gold have not managed since 2017.

Should Canberra beat Cronulla in the 5:30pm game on Saturday, Brad Arthur's side will need to win to preserve their spot in the top four and earn a crucial double chance in the finals series — meaning their clash against Wests Tigers is likely to be another high-octane and emotion-filled contest at Bankwest Stadium.

Interestingly, despite sitting in different positions on the ladder, Wests Tigers head in to the contest with a far better attacking record in 2020 than the Eels — having scored 52 more points across the year. However, it is on the defensive end that Parramatta have excelled with the fourth best defensive record of any team, while Wests Tigers currently rank 14th after a number of recent heavy defeats.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Saturday, September 26, 2020

Time — 7:35pm AEST

Venue — Bankwest Stadium

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB

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

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Chris Lawrence
    Centre for Eels is number 19 Brad Takairangi
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Asu Kepaoa
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 14 Will Smith
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Zane Musgrove
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
    Prop for Eels is number 16 Kane Evans
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Ryan Matterson
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Eels is number 15 Andrew Davey
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah Taylor
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Oregon Kaufusi
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Shawn Blore
    Interchange for Eels is number 20 George Jennings
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Eels is number 21 Daniel Alvaro

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Wests Tigers ($4.00), Parramatta Eels ($1.25)

Line — Wests Tigers (-10.5) $2.00, Parramatta Eels (+10.5) $2.00

Odds correct as of 4:00pm, September 19. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Head-to-Head — Played 41, Parramatta Eels 24, Wests Tigers 15, Draw 2

At Bankwest Stadium — Played 3, Parramatta Eels 3, Wests Tigers 0

Last Time They Met — Parramatta Eels 26 def. Wests Tigers 16 (Rd.11, 2020)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Ben Cummins

Touch Judges — Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski and Belinda Sharpe

Review Official — Steve Chiddy