August 12, 2021 11:04 AM
Ash Wheldon

2021 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 14th August, 2021 – 10:35 (UK)

Where is Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels taking place? Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

Where can I get tickets for Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

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

THE TEAM NEWS

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Saab, Parker, Harper, Garrick, Foran, Cherry-Evans, Aloiai, Croker, Taupau, Olakau’atu, Schuster, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Walker, Lawton, Sironen, De Luis – Reserves: Suli, Cust, Gosiewski, B. Trbojevic

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Suspended), Andrew Davey (Injured), Morgan Boyle (Injured), Zac Saddler (Injured), Sean Keppie (Personal Reasons), Toafofoa Sipley (Suspended), Taniela Paseka (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles could not match Melbourne Storm last week as they suffered a setback in their quest to make the top four but having seen little of the ball in that contest, they will have been content to have stayed in the game for so long.
  • The Sea Eagles were punished for coughing up the ball too often but they will be focused on putting that behind them as quickly as possible with this pivotal contest against a Parramatta Eels side that they will be looking to beat for the third time in succession.

PARRAMATTA EELS

Starting 13: Gutherson, Sivo, Opacic, Blake, Oldfield, D. Brown, Moses, Papali’i, Lussick, Paulo, Lane, Matterson, N. Brown – Interchanges: Smith, Cartwright, Niukore, Makatoa – Reserves: Stone, Penisini, Dunster, Arthur

Unavailable: Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Wiremu Greig (Injured), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Injured), Black Ferguson (Injured), Oregon Kaufusi (Injured), Reed Mahoney (Injured)

  • Parramatta Eels are in real danger of undoing a season of good work after losing for the third game in succession last week with South Sydney Rabbitohs putting a big score on them and they now face another tough task.
  • The Eels shipped 40 points last week while also struggling with ball in hand once again and their spot in the top four is now far from secure with Sydney Roosters and opponents Manly Sea Eagles within two points on the ladder.

THE PREDICTION

Manly Sea Eagles were beaten by in-form NRL leaders Melbourne Storm last week but they showed enough character in that contest to suggest that they will be in the mix come the finals. They also still harbour hopes of making the top four with their chances still in their own hands but this is a pivotal contest as they take on a Parramatta Eels side that currently occupy the spot they are chasing. The Eels come into this on the back of three successive losses and having won just one of their last five having struggled on both sides of the ball, Parramatta’s grasp on fourth spot is likely to be severely loosened here with Manly able to prevail by 13+ points.

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