Eels Try To Stop Slippery Slide

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Tim Mannah was stiff to miss out on a Blues jersey. Source: Cameron Richardson/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 4, 2013 – Sydney Roosters 50 d Parramatta Eels 0 at Allianz Stadium
Round 23, 2012 – Parramatta Eels 36 d Sydney Roosters 22 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 25, 2011 - Sydney Roosters 13 d Parramatta Eels 12 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 21, 2010 - Sydney Roosters 48 d Parramatta Eels 12 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 4, 2009 - Sydney Roosters 24 d Parramatta Eels 6 at Allianz Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12 
Eels

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W

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Roosters

W

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W

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The Parramatta Eels  will be looking for just their second win since round five when they tackle the Roosters  at Parramatta Stadium on Friday night. Freshened up having had last weekend off, coach Ricky Stuart will want to see more than his side offered in a humiliating 50-0 defeat against the Roosters in round four.

Captain Jarryd Hayne has been named to play less than 48 hours after the Origin opener, but Parramatta has made several other changes to the side that went down 42-12 to the Titans at Mudgee a fortnight ago. Api Pewhairangi and Kaysa Pritchard have both been ruled out through injury and Luke Kelly and Junior Paulo have been dropped to the NSW Cup, but Ryan Morgan returns from a month out with a hamstring strain.

Michael Jennings, James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce will all return from Origin duty in an unchanged line-up to that which suffered just its second loss of the year when going down 26-18 to Melbourne at Allianz Stadium a fortnight ago.

1st Tryscorer

Ken Sio  scored the only try for Parramatta in their 42-4 defeat to the Gold Coast in round 11 prior to last week’s bye, breaking a run of seven matches without a four pointer. He was a revelation for the Eels in his debut season last year and will need to continue finding the line if his side is going to move up the ladder.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall  has lived in the shadow of centre partner Michael Jennings so far in 2013 but has a real chance to make his mark for the Roosters during the testing Origin period. Although he has just one try this season, his career strikerate is much better than that (76 tries in 133 matches) and he is likely to have more involvement in coming weeks with several of his teammates backing up from Origin duty.

Prediction

Despite losing their most recent match and the fact that they have three players backing up from State of Origin duty, the Roosters are impossible to oppose here. They won by 50 points when the clubs met in round four and although a repeat of that scoreline is highly unlikely, it would be a huge surprise if they didn’t score a comfortable victory. Sydney Roosters by 14

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