'Dogs Set To Add To Eels Woes

Picture: Simon Cocksedge/dailytelegraph.com.au
Trent Hodkinson provided two try assists in his last match. Picture: Simon Cocksedge/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 2, 2013 – Canterbury Bulldogs 20 d Parramatta Eels 16 at ANZ Stadium
Round 19, 2012 - Canterbury Bulldogs 32 d Parramatta Eels 12 at ANZ Stadium
Round 9, 2012 - Canterbury Bulldogs 46 d Parramatta Eels 12 at ANZ Stadium
Round 20, 2011 - Canterbury Bulldogs 8 d Parramatta Eels 7 at ANZ Stadium
Round 6, 2011 - Canterbury Bulldogs 34 d Parramatta Eels 14 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 15    Rd 16    Rd 17    Rd 18    Rd 19 
Bulldogs

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L

W

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Eels

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The Bulldogs  will be out to boost their points differential when they meet the bottom-placed Eels  at ANZ Stadium on Friday night, with the club locked in a four-way tie with three other teams on 22 competition points. With the race for spots in the top eight so tight, coach Des Hasler will want his team to not only inflict a ninth straight defeat on Parramatta but to do it in style to improve its for and against.

New South Wales centre Josh Morris returns from Origin duty for the Bulldogs forcing Tim Lafai out of the squad, while Frank Pritchard and Sam Kasiano come back from injury to further strengthen a forward pack that steamrolled Melbourne in its 39-0 defeat of the defending premiers a fortnight ago. Parramatta welcomes Mitchell Allgood and Ken Sio back into the side at the expense of Brayden Williame and Kaysa Pritchard, with the latter joining Chris Sandow in the NSW Cup.

1st Tryscorer

Mitch Brown  is having his most productive season to date in the NRL, having scored eight four pointers from 16 appearances. He bagged a double in his last outing for the Bulldogs and scored an early try when his side beat Parramatta 20-16 in round two.

Only star fullback Jarryd Hayne has scored more tries for the Eels than Ken Sio  this season and his return injury will be a big boost for the competition’s whipping boys. He has scored the first try for his team in four of his past five matches and was the first player on the scoresheet from either side in both round 14 and 15.

Prediction

This isn’t a matter of who will win the match, but more of how many the Bulldogs will win by. Although the Eels put in an improved showing against the Raiders in Canberra last week, they have little hope against a Bulldogs outfit that is virtually at full strength and shouldn’t have too much trouble registering a sixth straight win against Parramatta. Canterbury Bulldogs by 28

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