NRL Sunday: Sea Eagles v Warriors betting tips, prediction & odds, round 9, 2021
Welcome to our Manly Warringah v New Zealand Warriors match preview, prediction and odds update for their NRL clash at Lottoland, Manly, on Sunday, May 9.
These teams, which are sitting in 10th and seventh place on the NRL table respectively, have already met once this season, with Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans breaking Warriors fans heart with a field goal in a 13-12 win.
That was the Sea Eagles’ first win of the season but it sparked something of a mini-revival with Manly, powered by the return of “Turbo Tom” Trbejovic, winning easily against Gold Coast and Wests Tigers before pushing the unbeaten Penrith all the way last weekend.
The Warriors have earned their spot in the eight and before that one-point loss to the Sea Eagles they had won the previous three matches between the clubs. In their two meetings in 2020, the Warriors won 40-28 and 26-22.
There should not be a lot between these teams though the bookies have rated Manly around $1.48 favourites to get the job done on their home turf.
This is the first of two NRL matches on Sunday, with round 9 concluding with the St George Illawarra v Canterbury Bulldogs match from Netstrata Jubilee Stadium at 4.05pm.
Sea Eagles v Warriors team news for round 9
The home team has lost big boppers Josh Aloiai (wrist) and Martin Taupau (concussion) for the clash. Sean Keppie switches to the front row and Haumole Olakau’atu is promoted off the bench.
Centre Moses Suli has been named on the pine after recovering from a back injury.
The Warriors regain second-rower Eliesa Katoa after toe injury and he comes into replace Ben Murdoch-Masila, who was concussed against the Cowboys last weekend.
NZ coach Nathan Brown could swing a late change with halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita and centre Euan Aitken named among the reserves after recovering from injury.
Read on for our Sea Eagles v Warriors tips and winner prediction for their NRL clash on Sunday, May 9
Sea Eagles v Warriors
Kick-off: 2pm local time
Venue: Lottoland, Sydney
Head to head odds: Manly $1.48, New Zealand$2.65
Line betting: Manly (-5.5 points) $1.90, NZ Warriors (+5.5 points) $1.90
Match total: 44 points: over $1.90, under $1.90
Sea Eagles v Warriors free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted free Manly-NZ Warriors tips for Sunday afternoon’s game.
Reece Walsh to score a try
The exciting Walsh has shown some great footwork in jury two games in the top grade. He has racked up a stack of tackle breaks already and it’s only a matter of time until he scores his first try. We think he can break through here with a high-scoring game on the cards.
NZ Warriors +6.5 points/match total over 44.5 points
We don’t think there is much between these teams, although the home ground edge could prove vital if it gets close again. Last time they met there was a total of only 25 points but that seems unlikely to be repeated now that Manly have found some scoring mojo and the Warriors are also getting back close to full strength.
Manly Sea Eagles v New Zealand Warriors prediction 9-5-2021
This should be an entertaining contest between two teams hoping to emerge from the pack to launch some sort of challenge in the second half of the season. These teams have yet to show they are more than mid-table types but there is certain;y plenty of talent there and injuries as always are important. The Warriors are sometimes sold a little short, and there is no reason they can’t really shake the life out of this one. Our Sea Eagles v Warriors prediction: Warriors by 2 points.
Sea Eagles v Warriors lowdown
Fox League and KAYO will telecast the game.
All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.
The match kicks off at 2pm AEST
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