The two-time defending champion Sydney Roosters will host the unbeaten Parramatta Eels in a Round 6 showdown that is, not only the best matchup on the entire Round 6 schedule, but what will likely be one of the best affairs of the entire 20202 NRL campaign. With Sydney looking to stay hot and Parramatta looking to remain unbeaten, let’s find out where the best value lies in this highly anticipated showdown when it gets underway on Saturday, June 20 so you can plan ahead your bets against their NRL odds.
NRL Eels Vs Roosters Round 6
Why Bet On The Roosters
Sydney is sitting in sixth place in the NRL standings with six points. The Roosters have gone 1-1 at home and 2-1 on the road this season while scoring 151 points and limiting the opposition to just 47 defensively to lay claim to a league-best 104-point scoring differential. Not only that, but the Tricolours come into this affair riding the wave of a three-game winning streak that includes a record-setting 59-0 shutout win over the Broncos two weeks ago and a 42-6 smackdown of the Bulldogs on Monday.
Superstar fullback James Tedesco, generally regarded as the best player in the game today, scored three tries while Angus Crichton added two tries and Brett Morris and Kyle Flanagan both scored one try apiece. Flanagan also went a perfect 7-for-7 on conversions.
“I think that break refreshed me mentally and then I just got that hunger back for footy when I came back to training, Tedesco told reporters recently.”
Prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (back) should suit up after being close to playing the Bulldogs on Monday. Lindsay Collins goes back to the bench and Sam Verrills replaces Mitchell Aubusson on the interchange, though Verrills was also named in the 17 last week but was dropped for the veteran back-rower. The Roosters have won seven of their past nine games against the Eels.
Why Bet On The Eels
Parramatta is sitting atop the NRL standings with 10 points. The Eels have gone 3-0 at home and a perfect 2-0 on the road while putting 123 points on the board and giving up a league-low 40 points defensively to sit at +83 in scoring differential.
The top-ranked Eels come into this contest off a hard-fought 16-10 win over Penrith on Friday that saw Waqa Blake, Clinton Gutherson and Ryan Matterson all score tried while Mitchell Moses went 2 of 3 on conversion attempts. The Eels won the possession battle 54-46 percent and the meters run matchup 1,723 to 1,595. The quartet of Moses, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Matterson and Blake earned them all Team of the Week honors.
Prop Kane Evans is unavailable after being suspended for one game for dangerous contact in the win over Penrith. Oregon Kaufusi replaces Evans on the Parramatta bench. Eels centre Michael Jennings requires one try for 150 tries in the top grade.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know Parramatta is undefeated through five games and has the best statistical defense in the league with just 40 points allowed this season, but Sydney is playing at home and they’ve looked like the best team in the league the last three weeks in out-scoring their opponents by the combined score of 129-18 and 101-6 in the last two weeks. The Roosters are playing at home and getting some incredible efforts from their best players. With the Roosters playing at home and looking to make a statement should they meet the Eels later on, I like Sydney for the narrow, hard-fought home win.
Pick: Roosters 16 Eels 14
General Match Info Parramatta Eels (5-0-0) Vs. Sydney Roosters (3-0-2)
- When: Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 4:35 AM AEST
- Where: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Eels Vs Roosters Live: Fox Sports
- Money Lines: Roosters -227 / Eels +179
Telstra Premiership 2020 Round 6 Matches
- Broncos vs Knights – Thursday 18th June, 05:50 AM | Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
- Warriors vs Rabbitohs – Friday 19th June, 04:00 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Storm vs Panthers – Friday 19th June, 05:55 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Dragons vs Titans – Saturday 20th June, 01:00 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Cowboys vs Wests Tigers – Saturday 20th June, 03:30 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Sea Eagles vs Raiders – Sunday 21st June, 02:05 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Bulldogs vs Sharks – Sunday 21st June, 04:30 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney