NRL Preview: Friday night football

Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights.GIO Stadium, 6:00pm AEST.

Friday Night Football kicks off in the capital of Australia as the Canberra Raiders look to make amends from last weeks loss against a gutsy Newcastle Knights.

Canberra did not play badly last week against the Melbourne Storm, with just a small part of the first half costing them the match. Coach Ricky Stuart shouldn't be too unhappy with the Raiders performance last week, as most teams would have succumbed to the Raiders play.

As for Newcastle, the travel to Canberra with an open door into the top 8 should they get the 2 points. The Knights were always in with a shot at home against the Panthers, narrowly going down 16-14. Unfortunately for Nathan Brown, Penrith did expose a few edge flaws that you can expect the spine of Canberra to try and exploit later in the game.

How we see it: Canberra at home are always a tough task for any team. Newcastle's pack are in for a fight, while the battle of the 5/8's will be one to watch. I have to go with the home team here only because they are home. This will go to extra point. Canberra by 1.

Parramatta Eels vs Sydney Roosters.
ANZ Stadium, 8:05pm AEST.

The second game of Friday Night Football sees the so far undefeated Parramatta Eels go up against the Sydney Roosters, who will be missing their marquee half.

Parramatta, who were thought to be wooden spoon favourites at the start of the season, have surprised almost everyone with 2 wins on the trot against Penrith and Canterbury. The emergence of a new look spine to go with a rampaging Blake Ferguson and a tough forward pack sees the Eels 2nd after 2 rounds.

The Sydney Roosters are coming in off a winning note against the Manly Sea Eagles without Cooper Cronk and Jake Friend, however they did clock off with 20 minutes to go. They won't have Cronk yet again this week, with a late call seeing the half sit out again.

The way we see it: It will be a cracking game, with a rejuvenated Parramatta side up against a strong Roosters outfit. The Roosters should win here, but I will go for the upset and say that Parramatta will win by 6.


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