2020 NRL – Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? Sunday 31st May, 2020 – 09:30 (UK)

Where is Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast

What is the expected weather for Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs? 17c, clear skies

What channel is Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs? No tickets are available as NRL matches are currently taking place behind closed doors

THE TEAM NEWS

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Taufua, Parker, Suli, Garrick, Walker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Levi, Taupau, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Croker, Waddell, Keppie, Paseka – Reserves: Boyle, Gosiewski, Funa, Elliot

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Disciplinary), Albert Hopoate (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles responded to their opening round loss to Melbourne Storm as they edged reigning premiers Sydney Roosters in a thrilling contest in their last game before the league was temporarily suspended.
  • The Sea Eagles were able to grind out a one-point victory thanks to Daly Cherry-Evans’ drop goal four minutes from time in a win that was inspired thanks to an incredible performance from fullback Tom Trbojevic.
  • He will have a key role to play here and his side are boosted by the return of Corey Waddell and Taniela Paseka who both missed out in the opening matches of the season and their inclusion leaves the Sea Eagles in a strong position heading into this contest.

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Meaney, R. Smith, Hopoate, Crichton, Lewis, Cogger, Sue, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Britt, Elliott – Interchanges: Averillo, To’omaga, Faitala-Mariner, Ogden – Reserves: Holland, Tolman, Katoa, Wakeham

Unavailable: Kieran Foran (Injured), Chris Smith (Injured), Marcelo Montoya (Injured), Joe Stimson (Injured)

  • Canterbury Bulldogs were not good enough as they were defeated by a North Queensland Cowboys side that possessed a rampaging Jason Taumalolo which means they come into this game with no win from either of their first two matches of the season.
  • The Bulldogs were embroiled in some early season controversy and they moved to sack Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor for their off-field discretions and their squad has taken a further hit with the news that Joe Stimson will miss the season with a shoulder injury.
  • Marcelo Montoya suffered a hamstring injury in training while Kieran Foran is not quite ready to return from a shoulder issue but there has been an alteration in the halves for the Bulldogs even with Foran failing to prove his fitness as Jack Cogger comes in for Brandon Wakeham.

THE PREDICTION

Manly Sea Eagles showed some impressive signs in their Round 2 game with Sydney Roosters and will hope to build on that as they face Canterbury Bulldogs. The Sea Eagles had to work hard to earn the victory as their defence repelled the reigning premiers to clinch a one-point victory. They have named a strong team for this contest with Canterbury Bulldogs who failed to win either of their games before the league was temporarily curtailed and Manly should be able to win this one by at least eight points.

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