Round 10 Preview: Bulldogs vs Eels

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Venue: ANZ Stadium.
Date: Friday, May 11th.
Time: 7:55pm AEST.
 

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs:
1 Moses Mbye
2 Brett Morris
3 Josh Morris
4 Will Hopoate
5 Marcelo Montoya
6 Matt Frawley
7 Kieran Foran
8 Aaron Woods
9 Jeremy Marshall-King
10 David Klemmer
11 Josh Jackson (c)
12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
13 Rhyse Martin
Interchange:
14 Adam Elliott
15 Danny Fualalo
16 Renouf Toomaga
17 Kerrod Holland
Reserves:
19 John Olive
21 Asipeli Fine
 
Parramatta Eels:
1 Clint Gutherson (c)
2 Bevan French
3 Michael Jennings
4 Brad Takairangi
5 George Jennings
6 Corey Norman
7 Mitchell Moses
8 Daniel Alvaro
9 Will Smith
10 Suaia Matagi
11 Manu Ma'u
12 Tepai Moeroa
13 Peni Terepo
Interchange:
14 Beau Scott (c)
15 Kenny Edwards
16 David Gower
17 Siosaia Vave
Reserves:
18 Cameron King
21 Marata Niukore
 
Match Preview:
We have a bottom of the table clash tonight between the Bulldogs and the Eels. Despite the lowly ranked Bulldogs and Eels who occupy the bottom two positions on the NRL ladder, this is a game I’m quite excited for and expecting to be quite the cracker! This will be one hell of a match up! The loser goes to 2 and 8 and almost definitely says goodbye to their finals hopes, this will make for a finals like performance from both teams.
 
The Bulldogs who are a measly two from nine have been quite the performers! Yes, I understand how that may confuse you, but despite their shocking start to the season, since beating the Cowboys in Round 6, they have had some very close losses to tough competition. A 6-0 loss to the star studded Roosters, an 8 point loss to the top 4 Panthers, and then last week only a 2 point loss to the Broncos in Brisbane. As far as I’m concerned, the Bulldogs aren’t as bad as the ladder suggests they are! The Eels could be in trouble.
 
Speaking of the Eels, what a season it’s been for them. After finally snapping an 0-7 start to the season, the boys from western Sydney finally got going with a dominant win over the Sea Eagles before edging out a nail biter against the Tigers. However the poor Eels were brought back to reality and 16th place remained theirs after losing a close one against the Sharks last week. But just like the Bulldogs, their ladder position doesn’t truly represent this Eels team. When this Eels team is on, they are a top 4 side all over again, but it seems like they are well and truly beating themselves at this point. Can they turn it around?
 
Stonecold’s Key Match Up: Engine Room Battle.
 
For me this game is won up front. We know both teams are talented in the backs, but the engine room is where this is won. The Dogs big boys in Aaron Woods and David Klemmer have really upped their performances as of late and have been a big reason as to why the Dogs Of War are looking a lot better. The Eels on the other hand have found a little for stability with moving Mannah to the bench which has been a very successful move so far. Some lower named forwards have stood up for the Eels, and the winner of this big boy match up will walk away with the 2 points. 
 
Stonecold’s Prediction: Bulldogs by 2.
This is another tough one to predict, but I think the Bulldogs pack will be to dominant for the Eels. With that, the Bulldogs will come home with the 2 competition points.
 
-Stonecold.

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