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)