Storm vs Sea Eagles NRL Finals Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Storm vs Sea Eagles Tips

Manly Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm free NRL Finals Week 1 betting tips, predictions and preview.

Storm vs Sea Eagles Tips, Preview & Predictions

Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles free NRL Finals betting tips, predictions and preview – Four of the Storm’s last five matches have been decided by 1-12 margins…

Storm vs Sea Eagles Tips

Best Sea Eagles +8.5 Line odds with Ladbrokes

  • Sea Eagles have won 16 of their last 20 games
  • Four of Storm’s last five games have been decided by a 1-12 margin
  • Manly are on a four-match winning streak
  • Des Hasler is the only coach with a winning record over Craig Bellamy

Storm vs Sea Eagles Same Game Multi Tips

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  • Tom Trbojevic has scored a try in seven of his last eight games
  • Justin Olam has scored a try in three of his last four games vs Manly, including two hat-tricks and a double

Storm vs Sea Eagles Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Friday September 10
Time: 7.50pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Sunshine Coast Stadium


Storm vs Sea Eagles Head to Head (last five matches)

  • 7/8/21: Sea Eagles 18-28 Storm
  • 30/8/20: Storm 30-6 Sea Eagles
  • 15/3/20: Sea Eagles 4-18 Storm
  • 31/8/19: Sea Eagles 6-36 Storm
  • 27/7/19: Storm 10-11 Sea Eagles

Storm vs Sea Eagles Preview and Prediction

A mouth-watering showdown between two of the NRL’s heavyweight sides kicks off the finals on Friday night as minor premiers Melbourne take on a Manly side led by the competition’s best player in Tom Trbojevic.

Melbourne smashed records all season and compiled a 19-match winning streak that was only broken two weeks ago by the Eels. The Storm have won their last nine matches at Sunshine Coast Stadium and their last four meetings with Manly.

However, there’s reason to believe that the Sea Eagles are ready to cause an upset here.

Two of the Storm’s best players in Cameron Munster and Josh Addo-Carr are in some doubt with injury, with a final call on their fitness to be made on Thursday.

Additionally, Melbourne have slowed down over the last month or so. Their biggest winning margin over the last five games was 14 points, while they also lost to the Eels a fortnight ago.

It’s impossible to keep winning forever, no matter how good you are, and there’s a feeling the Storm might have peaked too early. On the flip side, Craig Bellamy is one of the greatest coaches in history and knows how to get his team firing when it matters most.

Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles have become the first team since the Dragons in 2005 to make the finals after going winless in the first month.

Since Tommy Turbo’s return from injury, the Sea Eagles have won 16 of their 20 games and are arguably the most dangerous attacking side in the competition.

Manly have won four games on the trot coming into this clash and have scored 36+ points in three of those victories.

Trbojevic has been simply ridiculous all season, scoring 25 tries and registering 30 try assists in just 15 games. Daly Cherry-Evans has fired on the back of his link-up play with Turbo, while youngsters such as Haumole Olakau’atu, Josh Schuster and Jason Saab have been excellent all season.

VERDICT:

We think Manly are fantastic value considering their form and the fact they pushed Melbourne all the way in a 28-18 defeat just five weeks ago – and even more so if Munster and Addo-Carr are ruled out.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Melbourne reset and came out firing, but their recent form hasn’t been anywhere close to their best.

With Tom Trbojevic playing the best football out of any player in the competition, Manly are a strong chance of claiming the upset here – and we will be backing them at the line as our best bet (Best Sea Eagles +8.5 Line odds $2.00 with Ladbrokes).


Storm vs Sea Eagles Teams

Cameron Munster and Josh Addo-Carr are in doubt for the Storm, with Nicho Hynes set to move to five-eighth and George Jennings and Reimis Smith slotting into the backline.

No injury concerns for Des Hasler as he names a full-strength Manly side.

Storm team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Isaac Lumelume 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Aaron Pene 19. Tom Eisenhuth 20. Chris Lewis 21. Marion Seve

Sea Eagles team: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Toafofoa Sipley 19. Moses Suli 20. Curtis Sironen 21. Tevita Funa


Storm vs Sea Eagles Stats

  • Sea Eagles have won 16 of their last 20 games
  • Four of Storm’s last five games have been decided by a 1-12 margin
  • Manly are on a four-match winning streak
  • Des Hasler is the only coach with a winning record over Craig Bellamy
  • Tom Trbojevic has scored a try in seven of his last eight games
  • Justin Olam has scored a try in three of his last four games vs Manly, including two hat-tricks and a double

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