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NRL: Pressure on in King’s Birthday clash

The pressure is on both the Canterbury Bulldogs and Parramatta Eels when they clash at Accor Stadium on Monday.

The action spreads into Monday due to the King’s Birthday public holiday, and both the Bulldogs and Eels will be hoping to celebrate the occasion with a much-needed win. 

Yes the NRL ladder may be tight, but time is fast running out for them if they are to make a move and play finals footy at the end of the season. 

Parramatta are three points away from the eight, the Bulldogs five, so now is the time to get on a consistent run of form. 

One of these sides will be left disappointed with a mountain to climb, but it is hard to call which one it will be as there is not much to separate them. 

From a neutral point of view that could make for an exciting clash.

Mahoney back for Bulldogs

WhatCanterbury Bulldogs v Parramatta Eels
WhereAccor Stadium, Sydney
When16:00 (AEST) Monday 12th June, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsCanterbury Bulldogs 2.65, Parramatta Eels 1.48

The Bulldogs are up and down like a yo-yo at the moment and head into the game on the back of a one-point loss against the Sydney Roosters. 

In the game before that they beat the Titans by just two points. Indeed Canterbury have been involved in many tight games and we could be in for another one here. 

If that is to be the case then the Bulldogs are priced at 7.00 to win by 1-5 points. The Eels are 6.50 to win by the same margin.  

Canterbury’s form has not been great on home soil, winning just two so far this season, and that has to improve if they are to make finals. 

They have also won just three of the last 15 games played against the Eels so need to overcome that unwanted hoodoo as well. 

The Bulldogs are however boosted by the news that skipper Reed Mahoney has been cleared to play in the game, while winger Jacob Kiraz is back available following an elbow injury. Kiraz can be backed at 2.60 to grab a try at Anytime during the game. 

Tough week for Eels 

Parramatta have had a week off due to the bye but it has been far from restful with off-field issues putting the club in the spotlight. 

As a result key playmaker Dylan Brown will not be involved against the Bulldogs and his absence will harm their chances of getting the win. 

There is some good news for coach Brad Arthur, however, as Reagan Campbell-Gillard is back to boost the forwards by making a return from a groin injury. 

The Eels were in good touch before the bye when beating the Rabbitohs and Cowboys, and they will be hoping the off-field distraction and loss of Brown does not hurt them too much. 

Parramatta do have a good record against the Bulldogs at Accor Stadium, winning eight of the past 10 games at the venue, so it is a happy hunting ground. 

Maika Sivo will once again be a huge threat as he tops the NRL try-scoring charts with 15 in 13 matches and is priced at 6.50 to grab the first on Monday.  

With a place in the New South Wales side for State of Origin game two, all eyes will also be on gun playmaker Mitchell Moses. 

Moses is the hot fancy to replace the injured Nathan Cleary and could seal his place with a couple of impressive performances in the next two games.

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