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NRL: Eels out to shoot down Cowboys

Parramatta Eels will be looking to build on a big win over South Sydney when they take on the Cowboys at CommBank Stadium on Friday night.

It has been a disappointing campaign for both the Eels and Cowboys so far, but they still remain in the mix for the top eight if they can get their act together. 

They are locked together on 10 points in 13th and 14th spot respectively and there is all to play for on Friday night. 

Parramatta put in their best performance of the season to beat an in-form Rabbitohs side by 20 points last weekend and they need to back it up. 

The Cowboys should still be hurting following a humiliating defeat against Wests Tigers and Todd Payten will be demanding a response from his players. 

Only six points separate these two sides from the top of the ladder and their seasons are alive and kicking for now at least.

Eels look to build on bunnies win

WhatParramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys
WhereCommBank Stadium, Sydney
When20:00 (AEST) Friday 26th May, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsParramatta Eels 1.15, North Queensland Cowboys 5.50

Parramatta have been inconsistent to say the least this season as they have struggled to reproduce the form that saw them reach the 2022 grand final. 

They had slipped to narrow defeats against the Gold Coast Titans and Canberra Raiders, before they showed what they are capable of when smashing South Sydney in the last round. 

Brad Arthur’s men need to produce more of that if they are to start climbing the ladder. The Eels have been boosted by star playmaker Mitch Moses penning a new contract, while Dylan Brown was outstanding in the win over the bunnies, taking man-of-the-match. 

Winger Maika Sivo is also the NRL’s leading tryscorer this season with 14 and he has a great record against the Cowboys, scoring five in the last three games against them. 

Sivo is priced at 5.50 to score the first try of the game and 1.42 to grab one at anytime during the game.  

Parramatta have won three of the last four games against the Cowboys and won 42-4 when they last met at CommBank Stadium. 

Parramatta will be missing Junior Paulo, who is with the New South Wales State of Origin set up, while Ryan Matterson and Andrew Davey are out with calf and concussion issues respectively.

Big names missing for Cowboys 

While the Eels should be buzzing, the Cowboys confidence will have taken a hammering following the 66-18 loss to the Tigers

They looked to be finding some form after beating the Sydney Roosters and the Dragons, but came crashing back down to earth last weekend. Now it will be interesting to see how they respond.

Defence was their strong point last season as they made the top three, but it is a different story in 2023 as they are conceding on average, 25 points a game. 

The Cowboys will also be without some of their big guns as Val Holmes, Murray Taulagi, Reuben Cotter and Tom Dearden are all on State of Origin duty with Queensland. 

It could actually work in their favour though as an injection of fresh blood could be what they need after the Tigers defeat. 

They do however have Kyle Feldt, who has scored tries for fun against the Eels in the past and is priced at 2.80 to score again.  

The Cowboys have a tough run of fixtures coming up and could do with a confidence-boost win against the Eels. After Friday, they must face Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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