Sea Eagles vs Dragons Round 18 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Sea Eagles vs Dragons Tips

St George Illawarra Dragons look to put a fortnight of drama behind them when they take on the Manly Sea Eagles in NRL Round 18 action on Friday night.

Sea Eagles vs Dragons Tips, Preview & Predictions

Manly Sea Eagles vs St George Illawarra Dragons free NRL Round 18 betting tips, predictions and preview – the Dragons have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams…

Sea Eagles vs Dragons Tips

Best Dragons +17.5 Line odds with Ladbrokes

  • Dragons have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams
  • Five of those wins were by 13+ margins
  • Dragons have covered the line in seven of their last eight night matches

Sea Eagles vs Dragons Same Game Multi Tips

Best Same Game Multi Odds with Ladbrokes

  • Brayden Wiliame has scored a try in his last two games vs Manly
  • Gerard Beale has scored a try in his last two matches
  • Jason Saab has scored a try in eight of his last 10 matches with Manly as favourites

Sea Eagles vs Dragons Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Friday July 16
Time: 8.05pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Cbus Super Stadium


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

  • 26/3/21: Dragons 38-12 Sea Eagles
  • 12/7/20: Dragons 34-4 Sea Eagles
  • 16/6/19: Sea Eagles 34-14 Dragons
  • 20/4/19: Dragons 12-10 Sea Eagles
  • 16/6/18: Dragons 32-8 Sea Eagles

Sea Eagles vs Dragons Preview and Prediction

An intriguing contest awaits in the Queensland bubble on Friday night as the Sea Eagles and Dragons square off in a crucial clash for both teams.

The Dragons are coming off a nightmare fortnight in which 12 of their players were handed various punishments and suspensions for attending a party that breached health protocols.

Paul Vaughan, who hosted the party, has been sacked from the club, with coach Anthony Griffin having between two and four matches to schedule and distribute the one-game bans for the other 12 players.

Matt Dufty, Tyrell Fuimaono and Kaide Ellis will serve their bans for this clash, but there is some good news for Dragons fans ahead of this clash.

Firstly, they come into this encounter with three wins from their last four matches, while they’ve also got a great recent record against Manly, winning six of the last seven meetings between the teams.

Additionally, the Sea Eagles are highly unlikely to be without their star fullback Tom Trbojevic, who will be playing Origin for NSW on Wednesday.

Manly won’t want to risk the injury-prone Tommy Turbo ahead of their run into the finals, but we saw what happened the last time the No. 1 didn’t feature.

The Sea Eagles were upset at home by the struggling Raiders last week, which will give the Dragons confidence on the Gold Coast.

VERDICT:

If Turbo plays, Manly win this and win it well. However, backing up just 48 hours after Origin doesn’t seem like the play for an injury-prone star that can single-handedly deliver Manly a premiership.

As a result, the Dragons are a big chance in this match. They’ve won six of the last seven games between the sides, including an easy 38-12 win earlier this season when Trbojevic didn’t play.

We’ll be taking the Dragons with a +17.5 head start if Turbo doesn’t play (Best Dragons +17.5 Line odds $2.00 with Ladbrokes).


Sea Eagles vs Dragons Teams

Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans have been named to back up after Origin, but it’s unlikely that Turbo will actually play 48 hours later.

Josh Schuster will return from injury, pushing Jack Gosiewski out of the side.

Matt Dufty, Tyrell Fuimaono and Kaide Ellis are banned this week, while Ben Hunt and Tariq Sims have been selected to back up from Origin.

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. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Sean Keppie 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Kurt De Luis 17. Toafofoa Sipley 18. Moses Suli 19. Tevita Funa 20. Jack Gosiewski 21. Cade Cust

Dragons team: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Brayden Wiliame 5. Gerard Beale 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Jack de Belin 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jackson Ford 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 16. Josh Mcguire 17. Billy Burns 18. Adam Clune 19. Jaiyden Hunt 20. Talatau Amone 21. Jayden Sullivan


Sea Eagles vs Dragons Stats

  • Dragons have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams
  • Five of those wins were by 13+ margins
  • Dragons have covered the line in seven of their last eight night matches
  • Brayden Wiliame has scored a try in his last two games vs Manly
  • Gerard Beale has scored a try in his last two matches
  • Jason Saab has scored a try in eight of his last 10 matches with Manly as favourites

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