NRL Friday: Broncos v Eels betting tips, prediction & odds, round 1, 2021
Welcome to our Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels match preview, prediction and odds update for their NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on Friday, March 12.
This is the second NRL match on Friday night with the earlier match pitting the Newcastle Knights against the Canterbury Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Broncos-Eels match has attracted plenty of attention, as new coach Kevin Walters attempts to turn around the fortunes of a once-powerful club that fell all the way to the wooden spoon last season.
The Broncos were simply woeful, losing their last 11 games of the season for a 3-17 record, and conceding more than 100 points more than the second-worst defensive team in the competition for 2020.
Walters’ first job will be to stiffen up that defence, but in Parramatta they meet a hardened outfit who crashed out of the finals in consecutive matches last season but were by no means disgraced.
Broncos and Eels team news for round 1
The Broncos have swung plenty of changes in the off-season. Losing star forward David Fifita to the Gold Coast Titans was probably the biggest blow personnel wise. They are also without star centre Kotoni Staggs, who suffered an ACL tear late last season, and prop Payne Haas, who is suspended until round four. Winger David Mead joins the Broncos to add some much-needed experience to a young back line, while Brodie Croft leads the team at halfback.
Parramatta have called in former Cowboy Tom Opacic in place of veteran centre Michael Jennings, who was suspended for an alleged performance-enhancing drugs violation. Recruits Keegan Hipgrave (Titans) and Isaiah Papali’i (Warriors) start on the pine for their Eels debut.
Read on for our Broncos v Eels tips and winner prediction for their NRL clash on Friday, March 12.
Broncos v Eels odds
Kick-off: 7.05pm local time (8.01pm AEDT)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Head to head odds: Brisbane $3.35, Parramatta $1.33
Line betting: Brisbane (+8.5 points) $1.91, Parramatta (-8.5 points) $1.91
Match total: 40.5 points: over $1.90, under $1.90
Broncos v Eels free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free Broncos-Eels betting tips for Friday’s game.
Broncos/Parramatta half-time/full-time double
The Broncos have named a young and slick back line that should prove a handful for the Eels and they will be pumped to make a big start in front of a loyal and expectant home crowd. However the Broncos have show a propensity to concede a lot of points in a hurry, and they did it again in their trial loss to the Cowboys after leading at half-time. We think the Broncos can lead again but that the Eels will wear them down.
Xavier Coates first-half Broncos first try-scorer
This option with rising Australian bookie TopSport means Coates must score first try for the Broncos and his four-pointer must come in the first half. Coates is an exciting talent and looms as the likely No.1 try scorer for the Brisbane team this season.
Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels prediction 12-3-2021
There is no doubt the Broncos will improve this season … things just cannot get worse than they were in 2020 when everything went wrong. But they look a little light on in the forwards against a Parramatta team that was No.1 by a mile in offloads last season. The Eels will try to outmuscle the Broncos through the middle and they are likely to have success as the match wears on in what could be wet conditions. Our Broncos v Eels prediction: Parramatta to win by eight points.
Broncos v Eels lowdown
Channel Nine, Fox League and KAYO will telecast the game, or it can be streamed at NRL.com.
All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.
The Brisbane-Parramatta match kicks off at 7.05pm local time.
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