NRL Sunday: Sea Eagles v Sharks, predictions & odds, round 7, 2020
This Manly-Cronulla clash at Central Coast Stadium is the NRL match of the day on Sunday and will be a massive test of the Sea Eagles’ depth.
Manly were fantastic last week in holding off Canberra 14-6 after losing budding superstar Tom Trbojevic to a hamstring injury and Dylan Walker (foot), among a litany of other injury concerns.
Their lesser lights really stood up against the Raiders and the team has shown tremendous resilience all season and is unlucky not to be sitting higher than seventh on the table.
Their great rivals the Sharks are sitting in 11th and need a win here to revive their season, though Manly have won 11 of the past 12 meetings between these teams.
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Cronulla scraped past the Bulldogs last weekend 20-18 and have included Andrew Fifita in the starting side, in place of Braden Hamlin-Uele.
Manly have reshuffled the decks, with Brendan Elliot replacing Trbojevic at fullback, Lachlan Croker named at five-eighth, Jorge Taufua back on the wing and powerful prop Martin Taupau returning after injury. Young back-line player Cade Cust joins the interchange.
The later match on Sunday is the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v Wests Tigers scheduled for Bankwest Stadium at 6.30pm.
Read on for our best bets and winner prediction for the Sea Eagles v Sharks clash at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday, June 28.
Sea Eagles v Sharks odds
Kick-off: 4.05pm local time
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Head to head odds: Manly Warringah $1.67, Cronulla $2.23
Line betting: Manly Warringah (-2.5 points) $1.90, Cronulla (+2.5 points) $1.90
Match total: 39.5 points: over $1.86, under $1.94
Sea Eagles v Sharks free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for the Manly v Cronulla clash.
Cronulla +3.5 points/match total over 39.5 points double
The Sharks have named a strong team and should be travelling a little better than they are. We don’t think they are title contenders but see them as an 8-12 team. Coming up against a battered and bruised Manly, this is their chance to shine against a team the Sharks have always struggled against. We rate Manly a potential top-four side but the injuries have got to take a toll.
Wade Graham to score a try
The Cronulla captain is not a prolific try-scorer but will be front and centre in much of the action in this match. He has crossed twice in six matches this season which indicates he is playing more of a hand in attack than normal. Such a clever player when on song.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Cronulla Sharks prediction
As mentioned we rate the Sea Eagles more highly than the Sharks, but they look ripe for the picking with a few top-shelf players sidelined plus coming off a brutal battle against the Raiders. We are taking a leap of faith on the Sharks turning things around, but they should enjoy going in as underdogs. Cronulla to win by 6 points in a boilover.
Sea Eagles v Sharks lowdown
Channel Nine, Fox League and KAYO will telecast the game, or it can be streamed at NRL.com.
All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.
The game will kick off at 4.05pm local time.
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