2020 NRL – Manly Sea Eagles vs Penrith Panthers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Manly Sea Eagles vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Saturday 1st August, 2020 – 10:35 (UK)

Where is Manly Sea Eagles vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Lottoland, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Manly Sea Eagles vs Penrith Panthers? 12c, clear skies

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

THE TEAM NEWS

MANLY SEA EAGLES

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

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

  • Manly Sea Eagles were able to make it back-to-back victories as they defeated North Queensland Cowboys last week and they will now look to make it three wins in a row as they host Penrith Panthers.
  • The Sea Eagles were able to build an 18-point lead in the second half and although the Cowboys pulled it back to 12, they did enough as they held on to claim the 12-24 victory which saw them move back into the top eight.
  • Manly are averaging just 10.1 errors per game with only two teams protecting the ball more than they are and that number will be key in this clash where they have been boosted by the return of first-choice five-eighth Dylan Walker who will come back into the side following an ankle injury.

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Aekins, Mansour, Naden, Crichton, Staines, Luai, Cleary, Tamou, Kenny, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Martin, Yeo – Interchanges: May, Leniu, Leota, Burns – Reserves: Koroisau, Tetevano

Unavailable: Kurt Capewell (Injured), Brian To’o (Injured), Dean Whare (Injured), Dylan Edwards (Injured)

  • Penrith Panthers overcame their injury woes as they defeated Gold Coast Titans last week but they were far from their best again and they will undoubtedly need to improve for this trip to Manly if they are to retain their spot at the top of the ladder.
  • The Panthers were 14-22 victors as they kept the Titans scoreless in the second half but Penrith’s attack was a little clunky with them failing to genuinely capitalise on 57% of the ball while making 450 metres more than their opponents.
  • They will need to be more clinical this week and they could be boosted by the return of a handful of players, with Viliame Kikau listed to start in the second row while Api Koroisau and Zane Tetevano could also be back after they were listed as reserves.

THE PREDICTION

Penrith Panthers retained their place at the top of the NRL ladder as they made it six wins in a row with another victory last week but they will need to improve on their last two performances if they are to extend that run. They face a tricky task as they head to Lottoland to face Manly Sea Eagles, a ground where the hosts have won six of their last nine matches. Manly have improved in recent matches but will need to be at their best to win this one with Penrith making fewer errors than any side in the league so far this season. Both teams are capable of coming out on top but this should be a real grind and it is likely that there will be fewer than 37 points.

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