Parramatta Eels vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL: how to watch free and match preview
Another chapter in one of rugby league's greatest rivalries will be written when the Eels and Bulldogs do battle.
Eels vs Bulldogs is one of the great match-ups in the NRL, regardless of ladder positions. After a 9-1 start to the season, the Eels have been a little up and down, splitting their past 4 matches. But they are still within striking distance of the top 2 after 14 rounds.
Canterbury won just their second game of the season last week, knocking over the Dragons 28-6. In encouraging signs, it was the Dogs' equal highest score in a game since round 25, 2019 and their biggest winning margin since 2018.
When is Eels vsBulldogs?
This match kicks off at 2pm AEST on Sunday 20 June at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney. You can see our full 2021 NRL season draw here.
How to watch Eels vs Bulldogs
Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your only options for watching this match-up. Considering its price, free trial and accessibility, we think Kayo is the way to go. You can see further details in our comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel.
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Just 1 of the Eels' next 3 matches is being shown on Channel 9, the other 2 are only on Fox League. It's much worse for the Dogs, only 2 of their remaining 11 games are on free-to-air television.
That means fans of either team should strongly consider signing up to Kayo to ensure you get every game of every round live or on demand.
New customers get a 14-day free trial to test it all out. After that, Kayo costs $25 a month and you can watch the action on 2 screens or devices at once. There is also a premium option for $35 a month which gives you an extra screen. You can check it all out in our Kayo Sports review.
Unlike other broadcasters, Kayo has a wide range of special features. They include SplitView, which lets you watch 4 sports at once on the same screen. Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, Key Moments and choose your own camera are also options.
Kayo is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
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Eels vs Bulldogs team lists
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Sean Russell 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Haze Dunster 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Joey Lussick 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali'i 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Marata Niukore 15.Shaun Lane 16. Keegan Hipgrave 17. Nathaniel Roache 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. Blake Ferguson 20. Bryce Cartwright 21. Jake Arthur
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Tui Katoa 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Jake Averillo 8. Jack Hetherington 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Matt Doorey 13. Josh Jackson 14. Sione Katoa 15. Dylan Napa 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Corey Waddell 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Joe Stimson 21. Tuipulotu Katoa 22. Jackson Topine
Eels vs Bulldogs match preview
The Eels enter the game having scored 40 points in each of their last 2 outings. They will fancy another high-scoring performance against the Bulldogs who, after last week's stirring win over the Dragons, are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2019.
The Eels have dominated this rivalry in recent times, winning 9 of the past 11 games against the Bulldogs, including the last 3 meetings. The latest was a comfortable 32-10 win in round 8 this season.
Canterbury coach Trent Barrett has named the same team that won against the Dragons but knows they face a far stiffer challenge this week. Predicted wet weather for Sunday could mean we're in for a dour affair, but we think the Eels will be too strong.
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