NRL Thursday: Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels tips, best bets & odds, round 3, 2020
The first NRL match back after the COVID-19-induced break pits the unbeaten Broncos against the similarly unbeaten Eels in Brisbane, and it’s hard to know how the teams will fare after a few months in lockdown.
Last time they met the Eels embarrassed the proud Brisbane club with a 58-0 finals thrashing and that can’t be forgotten, and will certainly provide motivation for the home team.
The Broncos regain boom forward Joe Ofahengaue, who missed the opening two matches of the season through suspension, but they will be without the injured David Fifita (knee) and Tevita Pangai Jnr (suspended). Young hooker Jake Turpin needs to stand up after the veteran rake Andrew McCullough left to play for Newcastle.
Meanwhile, the Eels sit atop the table after two impressive wins and hooker Reed Mahoney has recovered from a broken foot but may play limited minutes. Tough forward Nathan Brown is missing through suspension.
Overall these teams have played 42 times and it stands at 21 wins apiece.
Read on for our best bets and winner prediction for the Broncos-Eels clash in Brisbane on Thursday, May 28.
Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels odds
Kick-off: 7.50pm local time
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Head to head odds: Brisbane $1.90, Parramatta $1.90
Line betting: Brisbane (+1.5 points) $1.80, Parramatta (-1.5 points) $2
Match total: 39.5 points: over $1.90, under $1.90
Broncos v Eels free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for the Broncos v Eels clash, that will mark the resumption of the NRL season.
Broncos-Eels under 40 points total at $1.90
You can secure around $2 for this option with leading bookmaker Unibet and we think it’s a good bet, with the Eels displaying a steely defence in their opening two matches, holding the Bulldogs try-less and conceding just one against the Titans. Also both teams may well lack cohesion in attack as they have not been able to train together fully for long periods. It could be an ongoing theme throughout the weekend.
Broncos to win at $1.95 with Unibet
The home advantage can’t be underestimated at this difficult time, though of course there will not be the usual rabid crowd cheering on the home team. We think the Broncos have a powerhouse pack and enough firepower in attack to test the Eels.
Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta prediction
As you can glean from our Broncos-Eels best bets, we expect a low-scoring affair where a moment of magic could decide the match. Of course, the Broncos will be desperate to exact some small measure of revenge for the 58-0 thrashing they suffered against the Eels in last season’s finals. They are more organised and cohesive now.
Broncos v Eels lowdown
Nine and Fox League will telecast the game live.
All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.
The game will kick off at 7.50pm Local Time.
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