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Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys

Saturday, June 10, 7:30pm (AEST), TIO Stadium, Darwin

Both the Eels and Cowboys have named their influential playmakers on their respective extended benches, but only one looks like taking his spot here. Corey Norman is expected to make an early return from injury and immediately his presence boosts the hopes of the Eels. The Cowboys have named Kyle Laybutt to make his debut, with Johnathan Thurston named in jersey no.19. It’s worth keeping an eye on late team news to see if Norman and/or Thurston get named in the final 17.
The Cowboys have won 7 of the last 10 against Parramatta but the last six have been split evenly. The Eels smashed the Cowboys 26-6 in Townsville back in Round 9, with the versatile Clint Gutherson scoring a double. It’s worth noting that Johnathan Thurston didn’t feature in the 20-point loss, with John Asiata playing in the halves alongside Michael Morgan.
FormParramatta have moved into the Top 8 with their 7-6 record. They have won back-to-back games against Souths and New Zealand and have won five of their last seven. The Eels have conceded at least 16 in 10 of 13 matches this year. North Queensland have won just 3 of their last 7 and have not won consecutive games since Round 5. They enter this off a flat 20-8 win over Gold Coast. The Cowboys have scored 20-plus in 6 of their last 9.
Key Matchup
Nathan Brown v Jason Taumalolo. Brown has been one of the signings of the season and has made the Eels No.13 jersey his own. He played a massive 80 minutes in last week’s win over the Warriors as he battled through a rib injury. He led the way with 20 runs for 178 metres and 39 tackles in a trademan-like performance. Taumalolo was a wrecking ball once again in the Cowboys scratchy win over the Titans. He ran for 225 metres from 20 runs and was impossible to bring down. He has become the leader of this forward pack and has played more minutes over the past two matches for the Cowboys.
Stats That Matter

  • Parramatta are 7-6 ATS with an 8-5 under number while North Queensland are 8-4 ATS with an 8-4 under record.
  • The Cowboys have won 7 of the last 10 against Parramatta but the last six have been split evenly.
  • Six of the last 10 matches have topped 50 points.
  • They are 25-14 over away from ANZ/Parra Stadium since 2014.
  • North Queensland have covered five straight away from home and have covered 7 of their last 12 as a road favourite.
  • The Eels are 13-5 over after scoring 22 or more.
  • The Cowboys are 7-3 over after keeping a team to 10 points or fewer.
Final Thoughts
The Wolf is keen to play the overs as his best bet in this one. Six of the last 10 clashes between these sides have topped 50 points and it could be a warm evening in Darwin which could test both sides resolve in defence.
How It’s Shaping Up
Parramatta by 6
Best Bet
Over 38.5 ($1.88)

Other Recommended Bets
Other: Parramatta ($1.91)

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