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Manly Sea Eagles vs St George Illawarra Dragons Predictions & Tips - Dragons tipped with the handicap

  • Manly Sea Eagles vs St George Illawarra Dragons predictions for Friday's NRL Round 18 match
  • The match is being played at Cbus Super Stadium (11.05am BST)
  • The Dragons have won 6 of their last 7 matches against Manly
  • St George are backed with a 13.5 point start
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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The Dragons have a strong record against Manly (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 15 Jul 2021
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Manly Sea Eagles vs St George Illawarra Dragons Predictions


While Manly have been winning well and piling on the points, they have struggled against the Dragons.

St George have improved in recent weeks. They have been underestimated with such a big handicap and are backed with the 13.5 point start.

  • Manly Sea Eagles have won 9 of their last 12 games.
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have won 6 of their last 7 matches against Manly Sea Eagles.
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have covered the handicap in 5 of the last 7 matches against Manly Sea Eagles.
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have won 3 of their last 4 games.

Head to Head


The Dragons have won 19 of the last 27 clashes between the sides. That includes winning six of the last seven.

In Round 3 this season, the Dragons were 38-12 winners - although that victory came during Manly's woeful start this season.

Manly Sea Eagles Form


Manly's top four hopes suffered a blow when they were beaten 30-16 by the out of sorts Canberra Raiders last week.

The Sea Eagles' loss once again underlined the reliance on Tom Trbojevic, who was missing on State of Origin duties.

Des Hasler's side had won three straight against North Queensland Cowboys, Gold Coast Titans and Canterbury Bulldogs prior to last week's loss. They ran in more than 50 points in each of the wins.

Manly Sea Eagles Team News


Tom Trbojevic was named to back up from State of Origin Game 3, but the star fullback has since been rested.

In a reshuffle to the original side, Reuben Garrick has switched to fullback and Moses Suli starts on the wing having been listed in the reserves originally.

Daly Cherry-Evans will back up from Origin and he pushes Dylan Walker down to the bench.

Josh Schuster returns from two months on the sidelines with a calf inury with Karl Lawton dropped to the interchange.

Toafofoa Sipley is fit enough to be name on the bench, but Jake Trbojevic's hip injury keeps him out. 

Manly Sea Eagles Team List


5. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 18. Moses Suli 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Sean Keppie 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Kurt De Luis 17. Toafofoa Sipley 19. Tevita Funa 21. Cade Cust

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


The Dragons come off the bye and in positive mood having got their season back on track despite off-the-field problems in the camp.

St George have won three of their last four to move back into the top eight spots. 

They beat Brisbane Broncos 52-24 before losing 28-6 to bottom of the ladder Canterbury Bulldogs.

But a 22-20 victory over Canberra Raiders was followed by a golden point 19-18 win over New Zealand Warriors when last in action two weeks ago.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


Tariq Sims and Ben Hunt have been named to play for the Dragons and back up from Origin duties.

Matt Dufty, Tyrell Fuimaono and Kaide Ellis are all ruled out due to one-game suspensions for off-field issues.

Tyrell Sloan comes in for Dufty, and Jack de Belin starts at prop and Jackson Ford at lock.

There will be a debut from the bench for Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, who has signed on loan from New Zealand Warriors.

Poasa Faamausili has also been added to the bench.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team List


1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Brayden Wiliame 5. Gerard Beale 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Jack de Belin 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jackson Ford 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 16. Josh Mcguire 17. Billy Burns 18. Adam Clune 19. Jaiyden Hunt 20. Talatau Amone 21. Jayden Sullivan

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Verdict

The Dragons are tipped with the 13.5 point start against Manly, who are without star man Tom Trbojevic. A small stake on St George maintaining their recent dominant record in this fixture is advised.

Best Bet: Dragons +13.5 Handicap @-105.26 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Dragons Win Match Result @320.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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