Manly Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Another close contest on the cards between Manly and Canberra

Andrew Hendrie 26 Apr 2019
  • Manly Sea Eagles face Canberra Raiders in Round 7 of the NRL on Sunday
  • Three of their last four meetings have been decided by two points or less
Manly host Canberra on Sunday (PA Images)

Manly Sea Eagles and Canberra Raiders could be in for another close encounter when the two sides clash at Lottoland in NRL Round 7 action on Sunday.

Sea Eagles vs Raiders kicks off at 2.00pm local time on Friday at Lottoland. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Three of the last four games between Manly and Canberra have been decided by two points or less, and with the way both teams are travelling, we might be in for another thrilling finish when these two top eight sides square off on Sunday afternoon.

Canberra have been the most improved team in the competition this season and have been sitting pretty in the top four since the opening round.

The Raiders are 5-1 and have only lost to Melbourne so far this season, but more importantly, they are much more disciplined. Indeed, Canberra have the best possession rate in the NRL and the best defence, keeping the Titans and Eels scoreless in their opening five rounds.

Defence has always been the issue in the nation’s capital, but Ricky Stuart has stated his side worked tirelessly in that department over the off-season, and the Raiders are already reaping the rewards.

Meanwhile, Manly saw their three-match winning streak snapped in controversial circumstances last week as they went down 12-10 to the Dragons and were denied a penalty in the dying stages to even the scores and take the game to golden point.

Regardless, Des Hasler has done a great job with Manly since his return to the club, and propelled them up to a current position of seventh after losing their opening two games. However, the loss of Tom Trbojevic for two months with a hamstring injury continues to hurt them.

As mentioned, there has barely been anything separating these two teams in recent times, and judging by their form over the last month, this clash should be another tight one. I think Canberra have more to call upon in attack and they’ve improved their defence tenfold this season - they should be able to edge this one out.

Match Odds


Canberra Raiders - $1.62
Manly Sea Eagles - $2.28

Stats


  • Three of their last four meetings have been decided by two points or less
  • Raiders won their last clash 21-20 in R12 last season
  • Manly won their last clash at Lottoland 32-16 in R4 in 2018

Teams


Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliott 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Moses Suli 4. Brad Parker 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kane Elgey 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Manase Fainu 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Corey Waddell 17. Morgan Boyle 18. Kelepi Tanginoa 19. Sam Smith 20. Lachlan Croker 21. Taniela Paseka

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Jack Murchie 18. Aidan Sezer 19. Bailey Simonsson 20. Jj Collins 21. Hudson Young

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