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NRL rivalry match: Sea Eagles vs. Eels – full punting preview

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
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Manly v EelsANOTHER chapter in the fierce historical rivalry between the Sea Eagles and Eels will be written this Sunday as as two of the NRL’s oldest teams do battle yet again.

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.

  • The sides have met 141 times. The Sea Eagles have won 88 and the Eels have won 49.
  • The Sea Eagles have won five of the last six matches between the two sides. In the last three matches, the Eagles have put 40 or more points on the Eels.
  • The Sea Eagles have won four of their last five at Brookvale Oval.
  • The Eels have just 19 wins from 63 visits to Brookvale Oval.z

Manly Sea Eagles team & form – LW

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.

Parramatta Eels team & form – WL

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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Manly Sea Eagles vs. Parramatta Eels prediction

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.

Manly Sea Eagles vs. Parramatta Eels head-to-head odds & tip

Sea Eagles – $1.20 with and (better then $1.18 on offer through
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.

Margin betting odds & tips

Sea Eagles 1-12 – $3.25
Sea Eagles 13+ – $1.75 with (better then $1.72 with
Draw: $34.00
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.

Line betting odds & tips

Sea Eagles -13.5 – $1.92 with
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).

Try-scorer markets

IASbet is offering the best odds of $7.00 for Jamie Lyon to be Manly’s first tryscorer (better then’s $6). is offering best odds of $21.00 for Nathan Peats to be Parramatta’s first tryscorer (better then’s $17). 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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