NRL Round 21 Betting: Manly Sea Eagles Vs Wests Tigers – Friday 29th of July
We have almost reached the business end of the season with just 6 rounds of regular competition remaining. The red hot Eagles continued their winning form with a 4 point win over the Panthers last Sunday. The Tigers were finally able to get on top of the Roosters for the first time since 2009, winning 19-12.
Brookvale Oval has more than re-established itself as the true fortress in Rugby League, with the Eagles winning every fixture played there in 2011. They have remained unbeaten and with the Stewart brothers as well as many others in fine form it is hard to see this being faltered come Friday….. Unfortunately they are moving this one to Blue Tongue Stadium! I don’t understand why clubs are moving games into neutral territory these days; it makes no sense to me at all.
Fortunately for the Eagles they are in good enough form to play the Tigers anywhere and most likely come up with a win, neutral ground is better than opposition ground after all. Their only previous fixture at this venue was played last year in Round 20 and the Eagles were too good, getting up 38-20.
With the Dragons imploding in the second half against the Raiders on Monday night it is left to the Eagles to run down the Storm at the top of the ladder. They will need to beat them in their 25 clash and the Storm will have to lose another on top of that as the For and Against favours the Melbourne side.
First things first they need to turn up on Friday night and knock off the Tigers, who would be very happy with their win over the Roosters.
The Eagles performance was a little sub standard compared to recent weeks. It almost looks like they are taking it back a gear so that they can surprise the competition and lift the intensity in the last few weeks. Des Hasler is a smart coach that gets the most out of his roster, and I think he is a little worried with the amount of fresh players he has at this time of year. Their injury toll is probably the best looking in the comp, and I imagine he will do all he can to keep it this way for the finals.
The Tigers are winning 50% of their matches this year and this is enough to keep them in the 8. But of the 8 they have the worst away record with just 3 from 9 played thus far. With a low position in the top 8 in their sights they will need to play well to have an impact after round 26.
Tigers faithfuls are still waiting on the Benji-Lawrence-Tuqiri combination to gel in 2011 after they have been dismantled due to injuries. They will have to keep on waiting as Lote has a torn pec and will not be back until Round 24. Utai played well enough last week to retain his position on the wing.
Last week the team was only able to finish on 19 points, which is good enough to beat the lower end teams, nowhere near enough to put the Eagles away.
The Eagles are definitely going to be too good for the Tigers on Friday night, the question of how much is a lot more difficult. 2 weeks ago they won by 22 points against the Knights, this was all done in the first half and the second half was just cruise control. Last week they got in front and didn’t look like they wanted to put the Panthers out of the game, they were very relaxed and almost paid for it. So if they take the same relaxed approach I can expect them to get up by 1-12.
In a weekend of short odds the Eagles are amongst the ones that are paying well. For H2H they are currently at $1.47 and the 1-12 is going for $2.85.