The Parramatta Eels have endured the longest premiership drought of any club. Stuck on four premierships since 1986, the club hasn’t tasted success since the likes of Brett Kenny, Peter Sterling, Ray Price and Mick Cronin were taking to the field. Since that last victory, they’ve appeared in two grand finals which both hold a unique place for diehard supporters.
The 2001 squad featuring Jason Taylor, Brett Hodgson, Jamie Lyon and captain Nathan Cayless broke the regular season-point scoring record. Despite losing just once in a 22 match period heading into the decider the Eels capitulated against the Newcastle Knights to trail 24-0 at halftime before eventually adding some respectability to the scoreline to finish with a 30-24 loss, although the result was never truly in doubt.
In 2009 a fairytale run led by mercurial fullback Jarryd Hayne, who enjoyed arguably the greatest individual season in competition history, saw the Eels finish the regular season scraping into the finals before squaring off against the Melbourne Storm in the big dance. However, a fairytale finish was not on the cards, but as Nathan Hindmarsh quickly points out – for the asterisk over a Storm side later stripped of the title continues to leave a sour taste in the mouths of fans and former players alike. The big question is can coach Brad Arthur provide the Listerine for a strong team, and cleanse the palate of failure once and for all.
Parramatta Eels 2021 Preview
Much of the resurfacing discussion surrounding the premiership drought is owing to the current talented crop that is the Eels 2021 squad. For many pundits, the club is currently in a premiership window. Mitchel Moses is arguably the most gifted halfback the club has had since Peter Sterling. They’ve even got a King on their side. No, Wally Lewis hasn’t returned after a multi-decade sabbatical, fullback and captain Clint Gutherson has earned the moniker after sustained excellence with the club following his transfer from the Manly Sea Eagles a few years back.
Up front, the hard-headed Nathan Brown and the ironically named ‘Junior’ Paulo – I’d hate to see ‘senior’ – have their engine room chugging along nicely. And who can forget the Fijian flyer, Maika Sivo. If there’s one thing Eels fans love more than having Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium as their home ground, it’s how the ‘Baron of Bankwest’ plays every time he sets foot on the hallowed turf.
The Eels overcame Newcastle in Finals Week 1 to set up a Semi Final against one of the Premiership favourites, The Panthers. There are two ways this one can go. Either the Panthers go into their shell after losing to the Rabbitohs last week, or they come out to prove a big point big time. Either way, the Eels will have to be on the best of form.
Parramatta Eels game and TV broadcast guide
Fortunately, there are several options for watching the Parramatta Eels live in Australia, including the Nine Network, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports. Network Nine is the official NRL free to air broadcaster and will show a select number of Parramatta Eels’ matches live during the 2021 Premiership season across channel Nine and 9Now. Nine’s TV coverage is headed by Erin Moran, alongside a commentary team made up of Andrew Johns, Billy Slater and James Bracey. Nine also offers live streaming options during the 2021 NRL season with the 9Now app, but these are limited to the games they broadcast and do not offer full match replays.
For comparison and as shown in the TV schedule below, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra, and Kayo Sports will televise all 25 rounds of Parramatta Eels matches during the 2021 Premiership season. That’s every Parramatta Eels game in every scheduled round shown live with no ad-breaks during play, on the dedicated Fox League channel.
As well as these live matches and the option to watch replays at a later time, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports will also have a wide range of NRL programming that includes NRL Tonight, The Big League Wrap and the Late Show with Matty Johns. There are lots of new faces in the studio this season as every live game will be fronted by Yvonne Sampson, Lara Pitt and Jess Yates, as they step up from smaller league shows. Post-match analysis has also been freshened up and now includes a former NRL giant in the shape of Cooper Cronk.
When is Parramatta Eels next game? (Sydney time)
Check out all the upcoming Paramatta Eels fixtures and watch NRL games today, as well as finding out which providers will show games live.
|Sat, September 18||Panthers vs Eels||LIVE: 7.50pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
*Fixtures are shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences.
How to Watch Parramatta Eels Live Online
If you enjoy Live NRL action then Fox League (Foxtel/Kayo) is the channel for you, televising every game from every round Live and in HD before the Grand Final. This includes the matches not available on Free to Air TV and replays of the games may have missed On Demand.
Stream Eels Games Live and Free with Kayo Sports
You can stream Parramatta Eels games on Kayo with a 14 day free trial for new customers. Kayo Sports gives you access to the same NRL broadcasts as Fox League (every game of every round LIVE with no ad-breaks during play) so you can stream the Parramatta Eels live or on-demand.
For fans who want to catch up on the action, Kayo Minis provide a 10-20 minute recap after the final whistle has been blown. Other Kayo features include Interactive Graphics, SplitView, No Spoilers and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout matches in real-time.
Stream NRL Matches Live with Kayo
Live sport returns to Kayo, with every game and every action from Formula 1, NBA, A-League, FA Cup, NFL and more – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
Watch Eels with Foxtel
Fox League can be accessed via Foxtel and Foxtel Now. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or HD TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more.
You also have the choice to watch the Parramatta Eels online using Foxtel Now, which currently comes with a 10-day free trial. This option includes the ability to stream NRL using the Foxtel Go app. Fox League comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month) which can only be purchased on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after a free trial.
Stream TV Shows, Movies and Sports – Live and On Demand
Watch sport and entertainment with a Foxtel Now’s 10 day free trial. Access TV entertainment for only $25 /month, or add sport for a further $29/month after your trial is over!
Stream Eels games with Telstra
Telstra customers can get great deals for watching Parramatta Eels on both Kayo and Foxtel Now. With a Telstra Kayo Offer, you can get a $10 per month reduction on Basic ($15/month) and Premium ($25/month) plans for watching NRL. The Foxtel Now Telstra offer gives you the first month for free, meaning you will only need to pay for the sports pack ($29) on top. Both of these options come as part of a 12-month contract, perfect for an entire season of League.
Cheapest way to watch sport on Kayo this season
The best offer for Kayo is on Telstra this season. As a Telstra customer, get $10 off per month your Kayo subscription (so that’s just $15/month)! Claim this before 31 May 2022.
Watch Eels on Channel 9
Selected games across the NRL season, including the Grand Final, are available to watch on free to air via Nine and their streaming platform, 9Now. This is a great option if you are a neutral fan, but not ideal if you want to watch every Melbourne game from every round.
Nine vs Fox Sports TV Fixtures
While Nine’s television coverage is limited to three games a week, Fox League (Foxtel/Kayo) will televise every match in every round live during the lead up to the Grand Final.
|Day / Game||Channel|
|Sunday Game 1:||Nine/Foxtel/Kayo|
|Sunday Game 2:||Foxtel/Kayo|
|Grand Final Replays:||Foxtel/Kayo|
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Stream NRL with your favourite Device
Here are some of the best devices to use when streaming sport on your home TV or on the move.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)