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

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THE FACTS

When is Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles taking place? Saturday 6th June, 2020 – 08:30 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles? 15c, clear skies

What channel is Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles 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 Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles? 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 Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles? No tickets are available as NRL matches are currently taking place behind closed doors

THE TEAM NEWS

PARRAMATTA EELS

Starting 13: Gutherson, Sivo, M. Jennings, Blake, Ferguson, D. Brown, Moses, Campbell-Gillard, Mahoney, Paulo, Lane, Matterson, Niukore – Interchanges: Takairangi, Evans, Terepo, Kaufusi – Reserves: G. Jennings, Gower

Unavailable: Nathan Brown (Suspended)

  • Parramatta Eels put in a professional performance as they proved far too good for Brisbane Broncos last week with many tipping the Eels for a crack at the Grand Final if they can maintain that level of performance throughout the campaign.
  • The Eels dominated the possession in the game, spending over 15 minutes more with the ball than their opponents while they also ran for a staggering 2,316m which was over 1,000 more than the Broncos managed.
  • They face a tough task here as they welcome Manly Sea Eagles to Bankwest Stadium but they avoided any injuries last week and although they were expected to roll with the same 17, Ray Stone was omitted 24 hours before kick-off with Oregon Kaufusi taking his spot.

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: Gosiewski, Funa

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

  • Manly Sea Eagles looked a cut above Canterbury Bulldogs in their clash last week and looked strong on both sides of the ball as they racked up a comfortable 32-6 which could have been even greater had Manly not missed five conversions.
  • The Sea Eagles played some classy stuff as they amassed eight line breaks while they prevented the Bulldogs from achieving a single one with the tackle break count also ended one-sided at 43-11.
  • Tom Trbojevic was at the heart of everything good that Manly produced and will have a huge role to play again in this contest with his side remaining unchanged following last week’s impressive showing.

THE PREDICTION

These two teams will both have aspirations of competing for honours at the end of the NRL season and highlighted their credentials with classy wins last week. Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles will both face tougher tests than what was put in front of them last week but they each produced an exciting brand of rugby that suited the new six-again rule. This is a mouth-watering clash that could go either way despite the Eels’ strong home record which has seen them lose just one of their last nine games at Bankwest and with so little to split the two teams, it may be worth siding with the Sea Eagles with a +4.5 start.

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