2021 NRL Round 19: Parramatta v Canberra Preview & Betting Tips

July 21st 2021, 10:41pm, By: Greg Davis

NRL Parramatta vs Canberra Betting Tips

The Eels and Raiders will get Round 19 of the NRL season underway on Thursday night from, you guessed it, Cbus Super Stadium! As always, Greg Davis has you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the Thursday night fixture below. 

NRL Parramatta Eels v Canberra Raiders Betting Tips

Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Thursday 7.50pm

EELS: 1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Will Penisini, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Dylan Brown, 7. Jake Arthur, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Isaiah Papali’i, 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14. Marata Niukore, 15. Shaun Lane, 16. Oregon Kaufusi, 17. Will Smith. Reserves: 18. Haze Dunster, 19. Bryce Cartwright, 20. Makahesi Makatoa, 21. Joey Lussick

RAIDERS: 1. Jordan Rapana, 2. Harley Smith-Shields, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Sebastian Kris, 5. Semi Valemei, 6. Matt Frawley, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Emre Guler, 11. Corey Harawira-Naera, 12. Hudson Young, 13. Ryan Sutton. Interchange: 14. Tom Starling, 15. Matthew Timoko, 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Joseph Tapine. Reserves: 18. Caleb Aekins, 19. Ryan James, 20. Siliva Havili, 21. Trey Mooney

WINTER is coming for Parramatta, so they need to make hay while the sun shines on the Gold Coast this Thursday.

The Eels – without Origin III halfback Mitchell Moses - take on the revitalised Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium and go in as justifiable short-priced favourites.

Parramatta is sitting pretty in fourth spot on the ladder after 18 rounds, two wins clear of the fifth-placed Roosters and three wins ahead of the six-placed Manly.

But the Eels have a devilish run home to the finals. The toughest of any team in the competition with five of the top six teams waiting for Parramatta.

In the remaining six rounds of the home-and-away season, the Eels will take on the three teams above them on the ladder – Melbourne, Penrith and Souths – as well as the two sides directly below them – the Roosters and Manly.

The only match that is not a top six showdown is the Round 23 encounter with North Queensland.

So, the Eels need to bank the two points on offer when they meet the Raiders as their finals series starts early.

This six-week period will define their season. They will look like real contenders or pretenders to the crown.

Moses and prop Junior Paulo were rested last weekend after playing in Origin III and only Paulo will return for the clash with the Raiders.

The Eels beat the Titans 26-8 on the Gold Coast without their NSW representatives as hooker Reed Mahoney made a successful comeback from injury.

Mahoney is such an important part of the Eels set-up, and he will get better with every start after injury robbed him of an Origin debut with Queensland.

Even without Moses calling the shots, Parra’s back three of Clint Gutherson, Maika Sivo and the recalled Blake Ferguson will still terrorise Canberra’s defensive line.

The Raiders will certainly be no pushover here. The Eels do not have sole rights to motivation here.

Since being embarrassed by the Titans with a 44-6 thumping in Round 16, Canberra have breathed life into their season with wins over an under-manned Manly and Cronulla to be in ninth spot on the ladder - only out of the top eight on for-and-against.

Of the teams clambering for the last couple of spots in the finals series, the Raiders have the most talent at their disposal and the most big game experience after their deep runs into the finals the past two seasons.

If they get going, they loom as a genuine darkhorse. In a blow to the Raiders, Jack Wighton will be sidelined by a rib injury while young gun Xavier Savage (shoulder) is also out after starring last weekend.

Both teams will be desperate for different reasons, but the Eels have been a top four quality side all year so Parramatta might edge out an improving Raiders.

 

TIPS

Bangladesh vs Australia 1st T20 Preview & Betting Tips

It’s Australia’s final preparation for the T20 World Cup, as they head to Dhaka for a five game T20 series against Bangladesh. Can the Australians find a way to combat spin? Or will Bangladesh hand the Aussies a fifth straight T20 series loss? read more

2021 NRL Round 20: Monday Preview & Betting Tips

We are getting to the pointy end of the season with just 5 rounds to go following the rescheduled Monday night matches in Round 20. Tonight we’ve got the Bulldogs taking on the resurgent Titans while Cronulla take on a Manly side who are pushing for a top four spot. read more

2021 Tokyo Olympics: Track Cycling Preview & Betting Tips

It hasn't been the easiest period for Australian cycling, but with some changes in personnel can they bounce back in Tokyo? We preview the Olympics track cycling schedule and find a few Olympics bets that we like the look of. read more

2021 NRL Round 20: Sunday Preview & Betting Tips

Three game slate for Super SUNDAY in the NRL this week and as always, our main man Scooby has a full preview for all three games and his best bets for each right here! Action gets underway at 3.00pm with the Dragons hosting the Rabbitohs. read more

ARTICLES

Best Australian Sports Betting Apps

What are the best Australian sports betting apps? Punters love the convenience of betting on mobile, so we thought we'd look at the best sports betting apps available today, to help you choose the best sports betting site for your iOS or Android mobile device. We highlight our top five Australian sports betting apps based on the usability and features of their app, as well as key mobile app features from all of our partnered sports betting sites. read more


Best Australian Sports Betting Sites

The best Australian sports betting sites ensure safe and successful online betting for punters. Here's our list of the best sports betting options in Australia. read more


Performance Ratings & Pricing with Julian Vallance with Sportsbet

Julian Vallance from Sportsbet takes us through some of the key factors which he uses with pricing upcoming horse races such as performance ratings. Check out his video from Sportsbet here. read more


What is Over-Round and How do Sportsbooks Make Money?

Over-Round is an important concept for both punters and sportsbooks. It's how Australian sportsbooks make money! All punters should understand over-round, how to spot it, and how to find better value on the Betfair Exchange. read more


BLOGS

2021 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 19

Is it a race in two for the 2021 Brownlow Medal? Round 19 may see Ollie Wines and Marcus Bontempelli start to draw away from the pack as we approach the finish line in the 2021 season. Check out our Round 19 Brownlow vote predictions right here. read more


2021 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 18

Sam Walsh was the stand out performance of AFL Round 18, and is the big mover on the Brownlow leaderboard, but several Brownlow contenders were in the votes over the weekend's action. Check out where our votes went with our Round 18 Brownlow vote predictions here. read more


Big Bash League (BBL11) Fixture

The BBL11 fixture for the 2021-22 Big Bash League season has been tentatively released! Check out all of the BBL11 games including the dates for the all-important finals series here! read more


2021 AFL Brownlow Medal Votes Round 17

A round full of upsets has left a few of our Brownlow contenders high and dry in our Round 17 Brownlow vote predictions. Check out where our Round 17 Brownlow votes went and our latest 2021 AFL Brownlow Medal leaderboard here! read more


BetDeluxe

PlayUp