Souths v Parramatta

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Can Greg Inlglis return to his devastating best against the Eels? Image courtesy of: dailytelegraph.com.au
Punters could argue that Souths have gone off the boil in recent weeks following convincing back-to-back losses at the hands of top eight sides Manly and Cronulla. The Michael McGuire coached outfit faces another tough task when they meet a desperate Parramatta Eels side hoping to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon. Parramatta regain the services of workhorse utility Matt Ryan who returns to the Eels bench. Kiwi international Issac Luke’s relegation to NSW Cup has been blamed on poor form, with Souths opting to stick with Nathan Peats at hooker.

History – These two combatants have met an astonishing 115 times with the Rabbitohs recording 62 wins to the Eels 50 with 3 meetings ending in a draw. Souths recent record speaks for itself against the Eels in winning five straight games, four of which have been by margins greater that 13+ . The Eels haven’t won at ANZ Satdium in their past eight games at the venue.

Dangermen – Greg Inglis returned from suspension in last weekend’s loss to Cronulla and although he was quiet by his standards, he will be primed and raring to go heading into the finals. Eels winger Ken Sio has had a stellar debut season on his way to a team-high thirteen tries and will feature prominently in any Eels backline raids.

Prediction – Souths will be hungry following two disappointing losses and should prove too strong for a tired Eels side. Souths 13+ .

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