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NRL Friday night round 9 : Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs

Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs
Friday, April 29, 8pm (AEST), ANZ Stadium, Sydney

One of the greatest rivalries in Rugby League, Parramatta and Canterbury do battle on Friday night for the second time this year and with both teams in the Top 8. This should be an absolute humdinger between two clubs with plenty of animosity between them.
Parramatta will shift focus to on-field matters on Friday as the NRL club continues to deal with captain Kieran Foran's indefinite leave of absence.
Selection NotesParramatta and Canterbury are both unchanged.

NRL 2016: The Ultimate Guide
HistoryCanterbury have won 75 of the 139 matches played against Parramatta with five draws and the Eels winning 59. The Bulldogs had won 9 of 10 in the leadup to their Round 3 clash but Parramatta dominated the match in a gritty 20-6 win. Four of the last five matches have failed to tally more than 34 points. The Eels have topped 20 points just once since 2010 against the Bulldogs. Semi Radradra has 8 tries in 6 games against Canterbury while Curtis Rona has 5 tries in 4 games against Parramatta. Canterbury players Will Hopoate and Tony Williams are both former Parramatta players.
Form
Parramatta are 5-3 this year and have not dropped two straight in 2016. They sit 5th on the ladder with two of their losses coming against teams higher than them on the ladder. The Eels rank second in defence but 13th in attack. They conceded more than 20 for the first time this year against the Cowboys last Saturday, a 32-16 loss. Canterbury have been a model of inconsistency and have not put together back-to-back wins since Round 2. They do sit 6th on the ladder though with a 5-3 record with an 8th ranked attack and a 6th rated defence. The Bulldogs are just 1-2 against Top 8 teams this year.
Key Matchup
Junior Paulo v David Klemmer. Two of the hardest to tackle bookends in the game, Paulo and Klemmer have both been in excellent form throughout 2016.Paulo was quiet against the Cowboys but has been a beast while Klemmer was totally dominant against the Titans, running for 199m. Whoever wins the arm wrestle wins the war in this one.
Stats That Matter
Parramatta are 5-3 ATS with a 7-1 under number while Canterbury are 3-5 ATS with a 5-3 under. The Eels are 6-8 ATS with a 9-5 under number at ANZ Stadium since 2013 while the Bulldogs are 23-23 ATS with a 25-21 under record. The Bulldogs are 20-14 under at night. The under is 49-31 when a small outsider (0.5 to 3.5) comes off a small win (1-6). Canterbury have failed to cover their last 8 off a win while the Eels have covered 4 of their last 6 off a win. The under is 90-59 in the first 10 rounds of the season dating back to 2013 when one of the teams scored 20 points the previous week. The under is 70-48 in Rounds 1-10 since 2008 when the line in a match is shorter than two.

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