The Manly Sea Eagles will be looking to pull off the huge upset in order to break out of their ugly slump when they take on the league-leading Parramatta Eels in their round 10 matchup on Saturday. With Manly looking to get back inside the top 8 and Parramatta looking to avoid the upset loss, let’s find out which team is offering the best betting value in this pairing, along with their NRL odds.
NRL Eels Vs Sea Eagles Round 10
Why Bet On The Sea Eagles
Manly is sitting in 10th place in the NRL standings with eight points. The Sea Eagles have been limited to 133 points this season while allowing 163 points defensively (-30). Manly has dropped three straight including a pitiful 34-4 road loss against the St. George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday. The Sea Eagles got one scoring try from Joel Thompson, but they gave up six tries to six different players while allowing four Zac Lomax conversions and one penalty goal in the loss. Not only are the banged-up Sea Eagles without starters Tom Trbojevic and Dylan Walker, but now, Morgan Boyle (groin) is out of the lineup as well. Taniela Paseka starts at prop and Corey Waddell moves to the bench.
Why Bet On The Eels
Parramatta is sitting atop the NRL standings with 16 points, one point in front of second place Penrith. The Eels have scored 210 points while allowing a league-low 96 points defensively (+114). Parramatta has won three straight since suffering their only loss of the season in Round 6 and come into this clash off a low-scoring 10-4 win over the Newcastle Knights on Sunday. The Eels got scoring tries from Ryan Matterson and Maika Sivo while Clinton Gutherson converted a penalty goal in the win. Parramatta has managed to stay red-hot despite being without star halfback Mitchell Moses their last three matches. Now, heading into Round 10, Junior Paulo could be back in the lineup after missing last week’s second half because of back spasms. Rookie Stefano Utoikamanu gets a second game despite a slight bio-security breach after full time against the Knights.
General Match Info Parramatta Eels (8-0-1) vs Manly Sea Eagles (4-0-5)
- When: Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 4:35 AM ET
- Where: Lottoland, Sydney
- Eels Vs Sea Eagles Live: Nine/Fox Sports
- Handicap: Eels -10.5
- Money Lines: Eels -370 / Sea Eagles +280
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Parramatta has won three of the last four meetings including a hard-fought 19-16 home win in round four this season. With Manly giving up a whopping 88 points over their last three games and the Eels going a blistering 9-2 in their last 11 meetings against the Sea Eagles, I’m thinking this one could be over by the time halftime rolls around. Parramatta’s defense has been unmatched this season and the Eels have also scored 77 more points than their opponents in this contest. Two of Parramatta’s last three wins over Manly have been by at least 16 points and I’m expecting another double-digit win for the league-leading Eels in this affair.
Pick: Eels 32 Sea Eagles 18
Telstra Premiership 2020 Round 10 Matches
- Raiders vs Roosters – Thursday 16th July, 05:50 AM | Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
- Titans vs Storm – Friday 17th July, 04:00 AM | Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast
- Broncos vs Wests Tigers – Friday 17th July, 05:55 AM | Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
- Bulldogs vs Dragons – Friday 17th July, 01:00 AM | WIN Stadium, Wollongong
- Knights vs Rabbitohs – Saturday 18th July, 03:30 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Sharks vs Warriors – Saturday 18th July, 02:05 AM | Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
- Cowboys vs Panthers – Sunday 19th July, 04:30 AM | Panthers Stadium, Penrith