Manly Warringah Sea Eagles – $1.48 at Ladbrokes
Parramatta Eels – $2.60
NRL Round 18 will finish with a Sunday afternoon clash between two of the form teams in the competition.
The Manly Sea Eagles were aiming for four straight wins when they faced South Sydney last weekend, but it was the Rabbitohs who edged it 21-20 with a late field goal from Adam Reynolds.
Nevertheless, Des Hasler’s men are sitting pretty in fifth and could creep into the top four if certain results fall their way.
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The Parramatta Eels are also tracking nicely, with last week’s 30-18 win over Wests Tigers taking them within a game of third place.
The big question for Parra is whether they can reproduce that kind of quality away from Bankwest Stadium, where they have been prolific this season.
Both sides take settled lineups into Sunday’s game at Lottoland, although there is a significant in for the hosts.
Manly Sea Eagles Round 18 team news
Tom Trbojevic returns at fullback after sitting out last week’s loss to the Rabbitohs. That pushes Brendan Elliot to the reserves in the only change for the Sea Eagles.
Out: Brendan Elliot (reserves)
In: Tom Trbojevic
Parramatta Eels Round 18 team news
The Parra selection committee has plumped for the same 17 that bested Wests last time out, with Daniel Alvaro, Oregon Kaufusi, Ethan Parry and Will Smith named in the reserves.
Sea Eagles vs Eels tryscorer odds and tips
Tom Trbojevic – ‘Tommy Turbo’ has played only five NRL games this season, but he has found the line four times. He was devastating for NSW in State of Origin and will add a serious attacking threat to the Manly back half.
Blake Ferguson – While Maiko Sivo has been Parra’s key tryscoring outlet for much of the season, Ferguson is the man in form. The Blues winger has notched three tries in the past two rounds and should be dangerous again.
Sea Eagles vs Eels NRL stats and trends
- Only Penrith and Newcastle (both 130) have conceded more penalties than Manly’s 118
- The Sea Eagles won 54-0 over the Eels when they met at Lottoland last season
- Parramatta have won their last three games – their best streak of the year
- The Eels are third in the comp for points scored with 363 in total
Sea Eagles vs Eels NRL Round 18 betting predictions
The Eels are electric at home, but their form on the road is middling at best. Manly have developed a thicker skin this season and will be hard to beat with their star fullback returning. The halves battle between Dale Cherry-Evans and Mitchell Moses should be a beauty.
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