2020 NRL – Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Saturday 18th July, 2020 – 10:35 (UK)

Where is Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Lottoland, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels? 12c, mostly cloudy

What channel is Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels 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 Parramatta Eels? 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 Parramatta Eels? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: Elliot, Taufua, Parker, Suli, Garrick, Cust, Cherry-Evans, Paseka, Levi, Taupau, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Croker, Gosiewski, Keppie, Waddell – Reserves: Olakau’atu, Funa

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Disciplinary), Albert Hopoate (Injured), Tom Trbojevic (Injured), Dylan Walker (Injured), Addin Fonua-Blake (Suspended), Morgan Boyle (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles suffered a third consecutive loss as their struggles without Tom Trbojevic continued with their spot in the finals looking in doubt if they do not quickly turn this poor run of form around.
  • The Sea Eagles were right in the contest with a quarter of the game remaining but they crumbled late on as they allowed the Dragons to rack up a big score with the margin ending of defeat ending up at 30 points.
  • Errors were again an issue for Manly as they made 13 which played a big part in the defeat and they have now made 31 in their past three matches but they have opted not to make many changes this week with Morgan Boyle the only absentee through injury with his place in the 17 taken by Corey Waddell.

PARRAMATTA EELS

Starting 13: Gutherson, Sivo, M. Jennings, Blake, G. Jennings, D. Brown, Field, Campbell-Gillard, Mahoney, Paulo, Lane, Takairangi, N. Brown – Interchanges: Gower, Utoikamanu, Niukore, Davey – Reserves: Alvaro, Smith

Unavailable: Kane Evans (Injured), Peni Terepo (Injured), Mitchell Moses (Injured), Oregon Kaufusi (Injured), Ray Stone (Injured), Blake Ferguson (Injured), Ryan Matterson (Injured)

  • Parramatta Eels continued their brilliant start to the season as they overcame Newcastle Knights in a tight contest with the Eels now winning eight of their nine matches to begin the campaign which sees them top the ladder.
  • In a low-scoring contest against the Knights, Maika Sivo’s 64th minute try sealed the win and they will be eager to win the forward battle here having averaged 44.6 metres a set last week with them limiting the Knights to 39.9m.
  • The Eels are averaging more metres per game than any other side with 1,946m and with Manly Sea Eagles languishing in 12th in this department, it could be crucial although Parramatta have suffered a couple of late injury blows with Blake Ferguson and Ryan Matterson replaced by George Jennings and Andrew Davey.

THE PREDICTION

Manly Sea Eagles have lost all three matches in the absence of star man Tom Trbojevic and their issues could be about to get worse as they host top of the ladder Parramatta Eels. The visitors have enjoyed a sensational start to the season with just one loss to their name so far from nine matches and they will arrive full of confidence despite adding to their injury list this week. They have defended superbly so far this campaign and as the only side yet to concede three figures, they should be able to keep a misfiring Manly side at bay with the Eels able to win by at least eight points.

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