How to watch Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks NRL live and free
Can the electric Eels maintain their flying start to the 2021 NRL season when they meet the Sharks on Saturday night?
The Eels were singing in the rain last week when they disposed of the Melbourne Storm in a cracking match in Sydney's west. Skipper Clint Gutherson was superb at the back, halfback Mitch Moses had the ball on a string and robust winger Maiko Sivo scored a double.
The Sharks are 1-1 following their 12-10 defeat to Canberra last week when poor goalkicking cost them the points. Cronulla had won 6 out of 7 matches against the Eels before a narrow defeat in their most recent match-up in round 13 last year.
Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks kick-off
Parramatta's Bankwest Stadium fortress will host their clash against the Sharks starting from 7:35pm AEDT on Saturday 27 March.
How to watch Parramatta vs Cronulla
As with all the matches on Super Saturday, this clash is not on free-to-air TV. You will need a subscription. Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are all options for catching this all-Sydney showdown.
We don't think either of the Foxtel options stack up with Kayo, which is cheaper, has a longer free trial and is more readily accessible. Cronulla fans in particular may want to give Kayo a try as they won't appear on Channel 9 over the opening 10 rounds.
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Stream Eels vs Sharks on Kayo Sports
Kayo boasts every single regular season NRL game live and ad-free. As it's a dedicated sports streaming service, it's filled with unique viewing features not available via traditional broadcasters. Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, alternate camera angles, Kayo Minis – the list goes on.
If you are yet to check it out, Kayo offers a 14-day free trial for new customers. After that, Kayo is $25 a month to watch on two screens or $35 a month for a third screen.
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).
If you're an NRL Live Pass customer, you are also moving to Kayo. If you sign up by 31 May you can get a $20 monthly discount on subscriptions for 12 months. We also have a full viewing guide for the NRL season that breaks down all your streaming options.
Eels vs Sharks prediction
It will be interesting to see whether Parramatta's brutal match in dreadful conditions last week takes a bit of sting out of them. They will be without reliable backrower Ryan Matterson (concussion) but coach Brad Arthur has a handy replacement in new recruit Isaiah Papali'i.
The odds are already stacked against Cronulla in this one. Last year the Sharks despite making the finals failed to defeat a single top eight team. Without playmaker Shaun Johnson, Sharks five-eighth Matt Moylan needs to cut out the errors and start producing. Moylan has shown flashes to start the season, but needs to be more clinical to orchestrate a win.
The battle of the centres in this game is going to be a key outcome. Outside of Josh Dugan most fans are likely not familiar with Tom Opacic, Marata Niukore and Connor Tracey.
Opacic is yet to look threatening over the opening fortnight. While Tracey and Niukore aren't true centres and both were only moved to the edge to cover injury or suspension last round. Both sides are quite potent in attack out wide, whichever sides centres outperform the other is likely to heavily influence the outcome.
We're leaning towards the Eels continuing their strong start and claiming this encounter by 10 points.
Parramatta Eels vs Cronulla Sharks team lists
Parramatta Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Marata Niukore 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali'i 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Keegan Hipgrave 16. Will Smith 17. Ray Stone 19. Haze Dunster 21. Joey Lussick.
Cronulla Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Connor Tracey 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Teig Wilton 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Jack Williams 17. Billy Magoulias 18. Mawene Hiroti 20. Andrew Fifita.
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