Punters will get a feel for both sides’ finals aspirations on Saturday night.
Manly and Brisbane will do battle in the second leg of a double header at Suncorp Stadium so beware when placing your bets with various bookmakers this week, as most if not all, will have the Sea Eagles listed first in the bet slip. Technically, they are the home team here having taken a game from Lottoland and transferred it here.
Manly are striking form once again and will head into this contest having blown Souths off the park last start, running out convincing 46-8 winners. Brisbane also had their own comfortable win back in Round 9 when they beat Penrith 32-18.
Manly are definitely one of the most underrated teams in the NRL.
The Sea Eagles are currently sitting sixth in the competition and boast one of the best road records in the NRL (4-0), however, their position on the ladder could be much higher if they learn to win at home. Of their five games at Lottoland this season they have won just once.
Led by Daly Cherry-Evans, Manly’s attack is the second-best in the competition and is scoring at an average of 24 points per game with the Dragons the only side to boast more points through nine rounds.
STARTING TO LIFT
BRISBANE are on a four-game winning streak which is their best run of form since the backend of last season when they were able to get to Week 2 of the Finals off the back of six straight wins.
Disposing of the Roosters by 24 points some five weeks ago, Brisbane won cliffhangers against the Titans and Bunnies before giving the Panthers a lesson last start.
A big reason for their success has been their attack which has scored an average of 28 points during this streak.
One player who has made a big difference for them in the past month has been centre James Roberts, however, the potential NSW origin candidate is in grave doubt with an ankle injury. If he is missing then it is a big blow to the attack of the Broncos.
The Broncos and Sea Eagles have traded wins since 2013.
Remarkably the last five games have resulted in double digit margins with four of those being by 24 points or more.
When it comes to playing at Suncorp Stadium the balance of power is predictably tipped towards the Broncos who have won three outings by an average of 28 points. Brisbane has kept Manly to 10 points or less in each of those three games.
If you think the Queenslanders can negate the high-powered attack of Manly then you can take $4 with Sportsbet to keep them Under 12.5 points.
There could be an upset brewing here and Manly ($2.45 @ Unibet) represent a bit of value.
Considering they have knocked off the Rabbitohs, Raiders, Roosters and Cowboys all on the road it shows that they can lift when traveling away from the Northern Beaches.
Add in the mix that Manly are making the fewest errors of any side in the NRL which means Brisbane won’t get too many second and third chances and taking the outsider here could pay off.
Brisbane’s record at Suncorp Stadium this season is four wins from five games with the only defeat being to their nemesis the Cowboys in Round 2.
It could pay to wait and see if Roberts lines up for the Broncos because his presence on the edges will definitely lead to some points for Brisbane.
In the end though we are tipping Manly as we think they are a bit better than what most people think.
MANLY 1-12 WINNING MARGIN