Wests Tigers vs Manly (Sunday) Betting Preview & Tips

Sunday afternoon footy at Leichhardt Oval – how good is that!

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Thu, 10 Aug, 1:19 AM

 

Sunday afternoon footy at Leichhardt Oval – how good is that!

 

Wests Tigers host the Manly Sea Eagles in what should be an absolute cracker of a game despite the relative distance between the two sides on the NRL premiership table.

 

The Tigers are now battling to hold off Newcastle for the spoon and sit just a win in front of the Knights. They were brave last week but ultimately fell short in a 28-14 defeat to Penrith.

 

Manly revived their top four aspirations with a come from behind win against the Roosters at Lottoland, 36-18.

 

ON THE WAY BACK UP?

Trent Barrett’s men were hammered in consecutive weeks but did some hammering of their own against the Sydney Roosters at home in Round 22.

 

Trailing 18-4 with most of the first half complete, fans were probably thinking ‘here we go again’ but a try right on halftime to the Sea Eagles turned the tide with the momentum swinging their way in the second half.

 

They racked up 26 unanswered points in the final 40 to show that one of the best attack’s in the competition was back in business.

 

MANLY attack is ranked third in the NRL behind Brisbane and Melbourne and has averaged 23 points per game in 2017.

 

LEICHHARDT HOODOO

You would think playing at home would have its advantages but that isn’t the case here.

 

When the Tigers have returned to their spiritual home in recent years it has usually ended in disappointment for home fans. WESTS TIGERS have dropped three straight at the venue including both games this year.

 

There is a positive spin about their matches at the suburban ground though and that is that they are usually hard to beat. In losses to last year’s Grand Finalists at Leichhardt Oval this season the average losing margin was just seven points.

 

THE HISTORY

MANLY has won six of the past eight between the sides including the most recent clash in Round 19 at Lottoland.

 

For a good portion of that match it looked as though the Tigers were a big chance of causing the upset, however, class eventually prevailed with Manly getting the job done 28-16.

 

Clashes between these sides are usually blowouts with an average winning margin of 18.28 since 2013.

 

A Manly 13+ Winning Margin will get you $2.55 @ bet365.

 

THE VERDICT

How can you go against the Sea Eagles?

 

Unibet has them @ $1.46 and they are entitled to be that short considering they have far bigger fish to fry in a few weeks than the Tigers. Complacency, however, can be a killer and Manly has been guilty of slow starts against lesser teams this season.

 

You can bet your bottom dollar that the Wests Tigers will give Manly a game and be extremely tough to beat but there are too many vital ingredients missing for Ivan Cleary’s men to take them here.

 

Even though Manly’s record at Leichhardt isn’t the best with two recent losses there, Barrett’s side have shown an appreciation for traveling this season and boast one of the better road records in the competition (6-3).

 

Looking for value? Akuila Uate enjoys scoring tries against the Tigers and has 10 in 10 games against them while David Nofoaluma has six tries in as many games against the Sea Eagles. They are your two players to invest in when considering the tryscoring markets.

 

 

RECOMMENDED BET:

MANLY


VALUE PLAY:

ESAN MARSTERS FIRST OR LAST TRYSCORER

 

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