NRL Saturday: Rabbitohs v Eels betting tips, prediction & odds, round 12, 2021
Welcome to our South Sydney Rabbitohs v Parramatta Eels match preview, prediction and odds update for their NRL clash at Stadium Australia, Sydney, on Saturday, May 29.
This is the match of the round between two of the real heavyweights in the competition, though both teams head into this .clash off disappointing results in round 11.
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South Sydney were no match for the unbeaten Penrith in a 56-12 thrashing in Dubbo, while the Eels were outplayed 28-6 by the inspired Manly.
Nonetheless these teams are sitting fourth and third on the table respectively and this is a vital match in the battle for a top four position on the table, especially with the Panthers and Storm setting such a cracking pace.
Souths have won four of their past five matches against the Eels and beat them comfortably in their two meetings in 2020. First, in round the Rabbits prevailed 38-0 and they repeated the dose in the second week of the finals 38-24 after trailing 18-8 at half-time.
This is the middle match on NRL Super Saturday, with the Panthers playing Canterbury Bankstown from BlueBet Stadium at 3pm, and the Roosters hosting Canberra at Central Coast Stadium from 7.35pm.
Rabbitohs v Eels team news for round 12
The Bunnies pack gets a real boost with Origin hopeful Cameron Murray returning early from an ankle injury, while second-rower Jacob Host (quad) is also back in the starting 13. They take the places of Liam Knight and Jaydn Su’A, who drop out of the 17.
Winger Josh Mansour (head knock) was ruled out, with Taane Milne taking his place on the wing.
Parramatta must wait another week to regain suspended five-eighth Dylan Brown, while star prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard misses this match because of a high-tackle ban. But they do regain second-rower Marata Niukore on the bench from suspension to balance it out a little.
Oregon Kaufusi takes the starting place vacated by Campbell-Gillard.
Rabbitohs v Eels
Kick-off: 5.30pm local time
Venue: Stadium Australia, Sydney
Head to head odds: South Sydney $1.68, Parramatta $2.20
Line: South Sydney (-2.5 points) $1.90, Parramatta (+2.5 points) $1.90
Match total: 50.5 points: over $1.90, under $1.90
Rabbitohs v Eels free betting tips
Our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for Saturday night’s game.
Alex Johnston to score exactly one try
Simply one of our favourite players and rarely goes a match without scoring. Johnston will finish his career as one of the greatest try-scorers in the history of the game. The TopSport market for this bet type is as follows: 0 tries $2; 1 try $2.86; 2 tries $5.20; 3+ tries $9.25.
Eels +2.5 points/match total under 50.5 points
On the numbers the Eels look to hold the edge heading into this one, even if their recent record against Wayne Bennet’s side is not great. The key will be shutting down the slick, powerful moves the likes of Latrell Mitchell, Dane Gagai, Cody Walker and Alex Johnston put together down the left. Knowing it’s coming and stopping it are two completely different things against Souths. The Panthers stopped it last week and if the Eels can do the same they can cause a minor upset.
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Parramatta Eels prediction 29-5-2021
The Eels were a little disappointing last week but it should not be forgotten that the loss to Manly was just their second defeat of the season. They have been playing some seriously good football. Souths were never in the hunt against Penrith but you can be sure they will lift for this Indigenous Round, and they have their incredible back line almost at full strength and ready to terrorise the Eels’ right-edge defence. The weather forecast is not great and that may suit the Eels and their powerful, forwards-based game. This really is a match to sit back and savour. Our Rabbitohs v Eels prediction: Parramatta to win by 2 points.
Rabbitohs v Eels lowdown
Fox League and KAYO will telecast the game.
All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.
The match kicks off at 5.30pm AEST
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