Manly Sea Eagles – $1.32 at Sportsbet
Wests Tigers – $3.30
The opening game of NRL Round 22 sees two teams desperate to bounce back after surprise losses last week.
The Manly Sea Eagles were flying high after their win over Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, but they came crashing back to earth with a 24-16 defeat to the NZ Warriors.
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There is no need to raise the alarm, however, as Des Hasler’s men are only a game outside the top four and right on track for a home final.
The Wests Tigers leapt into the top eight with wins over Newcastle and North Queensland, but they dropped out again after a disappointing loss to Canterbury last week.
Depending on other results, another reverse could leave Michael Maguire’s men as many as three points outside the finals places with only three weeks to go.
Manly Sea Eagles Round 22 team news
Brad Parker and Curtis Sironen both went down injured in the loss to the Warriors, which means starting chances for Brendan Elliot at centre and Jack Gosiewski on the second row. There is also some concern over Daly-Cherry Evans and his dodgy ankle, but the skipper is named to start.
Out: Brad Parker (knee), Curtis Sironen (hamstring)
In: Brendan Elliot, Jack Gosiewski
Wests Tigers Round 22 team news
The Tigers have two big outs, with skipper Moses Mbye battling a hip injury and club legend Robbie Farah sidelined with a broken leg. Tommy Talau makes his NRL debut in the centres, while Jacob Liddle steps in at hooker. Josh Reynolds is on standby once again.
Out: Robbie Farah (fractured tibia), Moses Mbye (hip flexor)
In: Jacob Liddle, Tommy Talau
Sea Eagles vs Tigers tryscorer odds
Reuben Garrick – You can’t ignore form, and this man has plenty of it. With seven tries in his last four games, Garrick is rightly Sportsbet’s $7.50 favourite in first tryscorer betting.
Paul Momirovski – Like Garrick, Momirovski’s numbers are difficult to overlook. The Wests winger has scored in three consecutive games and offers decent value at $2.30 in Sportsbet’s anytime tryscorer market.
Sea Eagles vs Tigers NRL stats and trends
- Manly have firmed from $1.44 to $1.32 in the match odds at Sportsbet
- The Sea Eagles lead the NRL for offloads (256) and total runs (3,709)
- Wests opened at $2.75 at Sportsbet but have since blown out to $3.30
- The Tigers are top for decoy runs (1,176) and post-contact metres (9,707)
Sea Eagles vs Tigers NRL Round 22 predictions
Manly have bounced back well all season and should have the edge at home. Farah and Mbye are demoralising losses for the Tigers, who can still make finals even if they lose this week.
Manly Sea Eagles by 13+ points – +125 at Sportsbet
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