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The Gold Coast Titans will be desperately trying to keep their slim hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon alive when they encounter the Parramatta Eels this Friday at CBUS Super Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting at 6pm AEST.
Surprisingly the Titans have a positive record over the Eels, having won 11 of the 18 matchups the two have played, although recent history favours the Sydney team.
The Eels will be playing for much more than the Titans, with a win here ensuring they will keep nipping at the top fours’ heels all the way through to the finals.
This is a game the Eels will have marked down as a win earlier in the season when checking their run home, which means if there is an upset it will be extremely costly for the Parramatta side.
To help them avoid that scenario the Eels welcome back Kane Evans, which means they field perhaps their best forward combinations of the year.
On the other side the Titans have a similar side to the last month, although Jai Arrow was back firing last week and is named again.
It is here in the middle where the key matchup of the aforementioned Jai Arrow and Eels lock Nathan Brown will take place.
If Arrow can replicate one of his incredible past performances and lead the Titans forward with his strong carries, effortless tackle busts and clever offloads then the Titans may just catch the Eels sleeping.
However, if Nathan Brown can utilise his aggression in defence to shut down the wounded Titans big man they could just put the final nail in the Gold Coasts coffin.
The Eels will be warned by Brad Arthur to not take this game lightly and he will be wary they don’t slack off. Look for the Eels to rampage through the flimsy middle defence of the Titans and then capitalise out wide.
Eels by 26
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Kick-off: 6pm (AEST)
Venue: CBUS Super Stadium, Robina
TV: Live, Fox League 501
Online: Live, Kayo Sports, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, NRL Digital Pass
Betting: Titans $3.30 Eels $1.32
Overall record: Played 18, Titans 11, Eels 7
Last meeting: Round 21 2018, Parramatta Eels 28 defeat Gold Coast Titans 12 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Record at venue: Titans 7/9, Eels 2/9
Referees: Peter Gough, Gavin Badger
1. Clint Gutherson (c)
2. Maika Sivo
3. Michael Jennings
4. Waqa Blake
5. Brad Takairangi
6. Dylan Brown
7. Mitch Moses
8. Kane Evans
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Junior Paulo
11. Shaun Lane
12. Manu Ma’u
13. Nathan Brown
14. Peni Terepo
15. David Gower
16. Daniel Alvaro
17. Marata Niukore
1. Alexander Brimson
2. Jesse Arthars
3. Kallum Watkins
4. Brian Kelly
5. Phillip Sami
6. Tyrone Peachey
7. Ryley Jacks
8. Jarrod Wallace
9. Mitch Rein
10. Jai Whitbread
11. Kevin Proctor
12. Sam Stone
13. Jai Arrow
14. Michael Gordon
15. Moeaki Fotuaika
16. Bryce Cartwright
17. Brenko Lee