Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Bitter rivals face off in top six showdown

Andrew Hendrie 18 Jul 2019
  • Manly Sea Eagles entertain Parramatta Eels in Round 18 of the NRL on Sunday
  • Eels have won two of their last three meetings
Sea Eagles face Eels on Sunday (PA Images)

Fifth takes on sixth in the final game of Round 18 on Sunday afternoon as traditional rivals Manly Sea Eagles and Parramatta Eels face off at Brookvale.

Sea Eagles vs Eels kicks off at 4.00pm AEST at Lottoland. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Parramatta bring a three-match winning streak into this clash after Manly saw their own three-match victorious run come to an end last week.

The Sea Eagles went down 21-20 to South Sydney, but they receive a big boost for this big showdown in front of their home crowd, with superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic returning after being rested last week.

The influence Trbojevic has on Manly can’t be overstated enough - the team haven’t lost a match in which he’s played since September last year, and their poor form in the middle of the season can be attributed to the fullback’s hamstring injury, which kept him on the sidelines for almost two months.

Manly are back firing under Des Hasler and continue to push for a top four spot, with the club only one win behind Canberra in third and the Roosters in fourth.

Parramatta are also on an upward climb after conquering Brisbane, Canberra and the Tigers in their last three games, rising to sixth on the table - and if they win on Sunday, they will leapfrog Manly and potentially draw level on points with the top four, depending on other results.

However, the challenge for the Eels is to produce their Bankwest Stadium form away from home, which is something they haven’t been able to do - at least consistently.

It’s a huge game for both, and I think this could go right down to the wire - but with Tom Trbojevic back and playing at home, Manly have the slight edge for me.

Match Odds


Manly Sea Eagles - $1.47
Parramatta Eels - $2.65

Stats


  • Eels have won two of their last three meetings
  • Eels have won three of the last four at Lottoland
  • Parramatta won 44-10 in their last clash in Round 7 in 2018

Teams


Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Manase Fainu 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Brad Parker 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Haumole Olakauatu 21. Lloyd Perrett

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Brad Takairangi 4. Josh Hoffman 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Manu Ma’u 13. Nathan Brown 14. Jaeman Salmon 15. Marata Niukore 16. David Gower 17. Tepai Moeroa 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. Daniel Alvaro 20. Will Smith 21. Ethan Parry

Tips


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Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Bitter rivals face off in top six showdown

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