The Parramatta Eels host the Newcastle Knights, Saturday 7.30pm. The Bookmakers latest NRL Head to Head Odds see Parramatta as slight home underdogs with their odds ranging between $2.04 up to $2.07 while Newcastle are priced between $1.79 up to $1.847. The line handicap is Parramatta +1.5 Newcstle -1.5 and the over under total is O/U40.5
Parramatta: The Eels unplesant season has been slightly better over the past 4 weeks which has seen them defeat Penrith (19-18), lose to Souths (6-24) have the bye and get a win over Cronulla (29-20). Stephen Kearney's men are sitting in last place on the ladder with a 3-11 record having averaged 16.64 points per game while allowing 27.57 for a negative differential of -10.93 points per game. As would be expected the Eels have not performed well in NRL betting where they have a 5-7-2 (-$225) record against the line handicap and they are -$557 against the head to head odds. Parramatta will be without Jarryd Hayne who is in Origin camp.
Newcastle: The Knights are coming off a 38-20 win over the Tigers last Monday night. That win takes Newcastle to 5-9 for the season and sees them sitting in 12th spot on the ladder. Wayne Bennett's side has averaged 17.57 points per game while allowing 21.36 for a differential of -3.79. In NRL betting results Newcastle are 5-9 (-$425) against the line and they are -$395 against the money line odds. In recent NRL scores and results Newcastle have beaten the Tigers (38-20), had the bye and lost to the Raiders and Broncos (24-50).
Parramatta v Newcastle History: The last 8 regular season meetings between these two teams has seen Newcastle win 5 times and Parramatta win 3 times. The home v away record is 6-2 and the favourite v underdog is 5-3. The team who has won outright has also covered the line handicap bet 6-2. Their last meeting was earlier this season where Newcastle got the win (14-6) as $1.50 (-6) favourites.
The Prediction - Our handicapping numbers here at BetonFooty.com.au have it as a coin toss and we don't see the bookies odds offering enough value on either side. No betting plays for us on this game.