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2018 Parramatta Eels Draw

Round One – Panthers v Eels, Pepper Stadium – Sunday 11 March, 4:10pm

Round Two – Sea Eagles v Eels, Lottoland – Sunday 18 March, 4:10pm

Round Three – Eels v Sharks, ANZ Stadium – Saturday 24 March, 7:30pm (Note this clash is the Sydney Double-Header)

Round Four – Tigers v Eels, ANZ Stadium, Monday 2 April, 4pm

Round Five – Eels v Panthers, ANZ Stadium – Sunday 8 April, 4:10pm

Round Six – Raiders v Eels, GIO Stadium – Saturday 14 April, 7:30pm

Round Seven – Eels v Sea Eagles, ANZ Stadium – Sunday 22 April, 2pm

Round Eight – Eels v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium – Sunday 29 April, 4:10pm

Round Nine – Sharks v Eels, Southern Cross Stadium – Saturday 5 May, 7:30pm

Round Ten – Bulldogs v Eels, ANZ Stadium – Friday 11 May, 7:50pm

Round Eleven – Eels v Warriors, ANZ Stadium – Friday 18 May, 6pm

Round Twelve – Broncos v Eels, Suncorp Stadium – Thursday 24 May, 7:50pm

Round Thirteen – Eels v Knights, ANZ Stadium – Saturday 2 June, 7:30pm

Round Fourteen – Eels v Cowboys, TIO Stadium – Saturday 9 June, 7:30pm

Round Fifteen – Eels v Rabbitohs, ANZ Stadium – Thursday 16 June, 7:50pm

Round Sixteen – Dragons v Eels, WIN Stadium – Thursday 28 June, 7:50pm

Round Seventeen – BYE

Round Eighteen – Knights v Eels, McDonald Jones Stadium – Friday 13 July, 7:50pm

Round Nineteen – Eels v Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium – Thursday 19 July, 7:50pm

Round Twenty – Rabbitohs v Eels, ANZ Stadium – Saturday 28 July, 5:30pm

Round Twenty-One – Eels v Titans, ANZ Stadium – Saturday 4 August, 5:30pm

Round Twenty-Two – Eels v Dragons, ANZ Stadium – Saturday 11 August, 7:30pm

Round Twenty-Three – Storm v Eels, AAMI Park – Friday 17 August, 7:50pm

Round Twenty-Four – Cowboys v Eels, 1800SMILES Stadium – Friday 24 August, 7:50pm

Round Twenty-Five – Eels v Roosters, ANZ Stadium – Saturday 1 September, 7:30pm

The Roosters may have the most generous fixture list in 2018, while the Warriors will be tested against the best on the road to the finals according to analysis of next season's NRL Telstra Premiership draw.

While determining which clubs have a "hard" or "easy" draw is a complicated question – travel, time between matches and State of Origin scheduling are all factors – a simple way to look at the difficulty of each team's draw is by looking at their opponents.

A 25-round competition with one bye means each club plays nine other teams twice and six teams just once, so some clubs could be said to have easier draws than others.

Note that a "tougher" draw isn't necessarily a bad thing – sure it might hurt your chances of sneaking into the finals but if your team can make the top eight they'll arguably be more battle hardened, having already played a lot of matches against strong sides (see North Queensland's surprise run to the grand final after enduring a tough draw in 2017).

Also, there's an obvious advantage for the better teams when analysing draws like this – because highly-rated teams like the Roosters and Melbourne Storm can't play against themselves. 

That being said, here's how each club's draws rank, toughest to easiest, based on premiership betting for the 2018 season.

1. Warriors (234 points)
2. Titans (226) 
=3. Sharks (218) 
=3. Bulldogs (218) 
=3. Wests Tigers (218) 
=6. Sea Eagles (216) 
=6. Knights (216) 
8. Cowboys (208) 
9. Rabbitohs (207)
10. Broncos (205) 
11. Dragons (202) 
12. Eels (191) 
13. Panthers (190) 
14. Raiders (189) 
15. Storm (180) 
16. Roosters (170)

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You've used it before, AGAIN. I used it 2 years ago.

I'm sure that most on here want new material.

I'm happy with the draw. I'd prefer to take on the top teams early and really test ourselves against the best. This leaves us with a high motivation level for the rest of the season. Makes us lift our game early and not get complacent.

We better be in the top 4 after round 22....

If we are not top 4 after 25 rounds then we are not good enough, simple as that.

Hey Hindy's Hinie how you been, don't see you round here much these days.

Ridiculous draw! I wonder how they determine these NRL draws ? Probably have a huge dart board but they’re obviously very poor dart players.

No. Benny, Bellamy and Robinson are the players.

Bulldogs vs Eels on a Sunday would draw 30000 on  a Thursday night 10000.

Also for the Dogs supporters, Sunday would be much better. They can visit their relatives in Silverwater first then travel to ANZ

I think we've been blessed to get such a good draw but ill point out that we wont get the great run as we did this year throughout the origin period.
On the eve of the first origin we play the Knights who i assume wont have any players in camp, whilst origin 2 we have the bye beforehand and finally origin 3 we play the knights again.
I predict that our Nathan Brown will play origin this year as Brad Fittler loves him.
Maybe Jennings and Gutherson might also be involved plus the NSW halfback role will go to either Cleary or Moses so i've heard.
I imagine Cleary will get first crack and deservedly so.
I'd have Cleary and Moses in the halves

How tough is your teams draw?

No tougher or easier than any other team.

ORF SEEZUN dum-dum.

Out of the last 7 games 5 are home
We won't be doing much travelling next year. The last 3 games will be toughest.. we must start good next year..

Honestly who sets this draw, imo absolutely ridiculous. In the first 10 rounds we play Sharks, Moanly, Panthers and Tigers twice. WTF! I'd rather we play them again much later in the season.

We play Broncos and Storm once and away while we play the Cows twice but both could be considered as away as one game in Darwin. Incidentally, I thought last years game was the last, did they renegotiate for more games?

Why can't every team play every other team once in the first 15 rounds? Seems simple to me and then in last 9 games we can play traditional rivals and then a pick out of the hat for the others. 


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