Fri, Mar 21, 4:06pm by Clarinda Campbell
Match: Manly Sea Eagles vs. Parramatta Eels – NRL Round 3
When/Where: 3:00pm, Sunday March 23 at Brookvale Oval
AUD $100 Free Bet: www.IASbet.com
Since both entering the competition in 1947, the Sea Eagles have won eight premierships and the Eels have won four – a source of much pride for Manly fans and frustration for anyone from Parramatta.
The Sea Eagles trounced the Eels twice last season and, after their big loss last week at the hands of the Roosters, the Eels look to be staring down the barrel of another defeat.
Glenn Stewart returns to the fold in the lock position with Jamie Buhrer shifting to the bench. Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua and Tom Symonds are still out injured.
1. Peta Hiku
2. Cheyse Blair
3. Jamie Lyon (c)
4. Steve Matai
5. David Williams
6. Kieran Foran
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Josh Starling
9. Matt Ballin
10. Brenton Lawrence
11. Anthony Watmough
12. Justin Horo
13. Glenn Stewart
14. James Hasson
15. Dunamis Lui
16. Jamie Buhrer
17. Jason King
18. Jesse Sene-Lefao
The Sea Eagles put its first round one point loss against the Storm behind them last week, defeating the highly fancied South Sydney by two points on the Central Coast.
Nathan Peats returns from a club enforced suspension to resume in the hooker position. Darcy Lussick has been suspended for four matches after a nasty high tackle last week with Mitch Allgood taking his spot. With Peats back, Kenny Edwards moves from hooker to lock.
1. Jarryd Hayne (c)
2. Semi Radradra
3. Will Hopoate
4. Willie Tonga
5. Vai Toutai
6. Corey Norman
7. Luke Kelly
8. Tim Mannah (c)
9. Nathan Peats
10. Fuifui Moimoi
11. Ben Smith
12. Mana Ma’u
13. Kenny Edwards
14. Joseph Paulo
15. Kelepi Tanginoa
16. Peni Terepo
17. Mitch Allgood
18. David Gower
Parramatta went from hero to zero in the space of one week. After the highs of a 36-16 first round victory over the Warriors, the Brad Arthur-coached Eels outfit was brought crashing back to earth last week after a 56-4 shellacking at the hands of the Sydney Roosters.
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Parramatta has not won an away game since Round 21 in 2012, which equates a 20-game losing streak on the road.
Last year, the Sea Eagles beat the Eels 50-10 in Round 17 and 40-6 in Round 21.
The return of Peats may help the Eels slightly. He was a defensive asset in the Eels’ Round 1 win over the Warriors and last week, the Eels missed his direction out of dummy half. However the Sea Eagles are a class above in opposition compared to the Warriors, so the Eels can’t pin all their hopes on the return of Peats.
Peta Hiku was great at full-back for the Sea Eagles last week, making valuable metres for the Sea Eagles. The Sea Eagles will also be boosted by the return of Glenn Stewart.
The Eels are weak defensively on its edges and Manly has an attacking edge on both sides considered to be one of the best in the competition. The Sea Eagles look much too strong for the Eels.
Either way, it should be a Sea Eagles victory by a fair margin.
My tip is the Sea Eagles to win by at least 18 points.
Sea Eagles – $1.20 with IASbet.com and sportsbet.com.au (better then $1.18 on offer through centrebet.com)
Eels – $4.75
As expected, the Sea Eagles are short in the head-to-head market, but they present a good option for multi-bettors.
Sea Eagles 1-12 – $3.25
Sea Eagles 13+ – $1.75 with Centrebet.com (better then $1.72 with IASbet.com)
Eels 1-12 – $5.75
Eels 13+ – $17.00
The Sea Eagles will be winning by a long stretch and the $1.75 on offer in the 13+ market is great value.
Sea Eagles -13.5 – $1.92 with Sportsbet.com.au
Eels +13.5 – $1.92
A margin of at least 18 is predicted so the 13.5 handicap is no problem for the Sea Eagles. The odds on offer in the handicap market are slightly better then the odds in the margin market for the same points on offer (13).
IASbet is offering the best odds of $7.00 for Jamie Lyon to be Manly’s first tryscorer (better then centrebet.com’s $6). Sportsbet.com.au is offering best odds of $21.00 for Nathan Peats to be Parramatta’s first tryscorer (better then sportingbet.com.au’s $17).
Centrebet.com is offering best odds of $1.75 for Manly’s Cheyse Blair to score a try at anytime. Parramatta’s Semi Radradra is $2 across all markets to score a try at anytime.
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