The Sea Eagles will be primed to get back into the winners circle.
Manly’s five-game winning streak was snapped at the hands of Penrith last Saturday night in a game the Sea Eagles never looked likely to win. Despite the scoreline being 16-8, they were forced to do a stack of work and copped the wrath of the referees.
Make no mistake about it – they did well to only lose by eight points.
The Wests Tigers will go into this fresh off the bye but prior to that had snapped a streak of their own. Their 33-12 win over Newcastle broke a losing sequence of seven matches while also putting some space between them and the Knights in the race to avoid the wooden spoon.
MANLY come into this round sitting in the top four but if their home record was any better they could actually be leading the competition.
They are 3-4 at Lottoland this season which gives them the worst record at home of any of the top eight sides. If they want to make a deep run into the finals then they have to rectify that situation and quick.
Trent Barrett’s side will be looking to notch three straight wins at home for the first time since the start of 2015.
AIMING FOR MOMENTUM
WESTS TIGERS will be hoping to build on their streak of four points.
Following on from their win over the Knights, Ivan Cleary’s men then had the bye and are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time in almost a year, when they won three in a row between Rounds 20 and 22 last year.
The 33 points they put on Newcastle is the second highest score they have posted in 2017 after scoring 34 in the Round 1 win over Souths.
Punters who want to take the short odds about MANLY will fancy their chances here.
The Northern Beaches outfit has won five of the past seven clashes between the sides including seven straight at Lottoland (Brookvale Oval). Wests Tigers have just the one win at the venue as a merged entity and that is all the way back in 2003.
Manly ($1.17 @ bet365) are short but jees they look close to good things.
They only have Jake Trbojevic backing up from State Of Origin and the rest of the side is pretty much full strength. You can expect a good start from Manly as they are scoring the most first half points of any side in the competition (13.4ppg) while the Tigers shouldn’t expect too many favours from them either as they are the most disciplined side in the NRL when it comes to errors (9.6).
Wests Tigers have named Aaron Woods and James Tedesco to back from State Of Origin duties but even with the pair in the side we find it difficult to see how they will overpower one of the better sides in the competition.
So while Manly are good for multi bets this week, the value will sit in margin betting and the 13+ option looks juicy at the $1.70 @ bet365 considering five of the past six clashes between the sides have been decided by 14 points or more.
MANLY 13+ WINNING MARGIN