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Penrith Panthers vs Manly Sea Eagles Predictions & Tips - Manly backed with the handicap in the NRL

  • Penrith Panthers vs Manly Sea Eagles predictions for Saturday’s NRL game
  • The Round 8 clash is being played at 6am BST at Carrington Park
  • Manly have won 36-0 and 40-6 in their last 2 games
  • I am backing the Sea Eagles with the +14 point handicap in Bathurst
  • Preview, predictions, stats & line ups
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Manly take on Penrith in the NRL on Saturday (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 29 Apr 2021
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Penrith Panthers vs Manly Sea Eagles Predictions


Penrith are huge favourites once again but Manly are coming off two big wins. The Panthers have no home advantage in Bathurst and the Sea Eagles are backed with the +14 handicap.

  • Penrith Panthers have won 24 of their last 25 games.
  • Penrith Panthers have won 10 of their last 12 games against Manly Sea Eagles.
  • Manly Sea Eagles have won their last 3 games.
  • Manly Sea Eagles have conceded 6 points in their last 2 games.

Head to Head


Manly Sea Eagles have a 57-39 advantage against Penrith Panthers with 1 draw in 97 games.

Penrith Panthers Form


Penrith sit top of the NRL ladder after winning their opening seven games in 2021. The Panthers have now won 24 of their last 25 games stretching back to last season.

Ivan Cleary’s side smashed North Queensland 24-0 and Canterbury 28-0 before a tough 12-10 win against Melbourne.

Penrith got back to crushing teams with a 46-6 win against Manly, 30-10 win against Canberra and 20-12 win against Brisbane.

The Panthers beat Newcastle 24-6 last week. Stephen Crichton, Matt Burton, Dylan Edwards and Brian To'o all crossed for tries.

Penrith Panthers Injuries & Team News


Api Koroisau (wrist) returns at hooker pushing Mitch Kenny out of the side.

Dylan Edwards will line up at fullback with Stephen Crichton returning to the centres.

Eddie Blacker (hamstring) is out for 1-2 more weeks with Paul Momirovski (suspension) back in round 10.

Penrith Panthers Line Up


1. Dylan Edwards
2. Charlie Staines
3. Stephen Crichton
4. Matt Burton
5. Brian To'o
6. Jarome Luai
7. Nathan Cleary
8. Moses Leota
9. Api Koroisau
10. James Fisher-Harris
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Kurt Capewell
13. Isaah Yeo

Interchange

14. Tyrone May
15. Spencer Leniu
16. Matt Eisenhuth
17. Liam Martin

Reserves

18. Scott Sorensen
19. Mitch Kenny
20. Robert Jennings
21. Brent Naden

Manly Sea Eagles Form


Manly lost their first four matches in 2021 and it wasn’t close in any of them. The Sea Eagles were hammered by the Roosters (46-4), Rabbitohs (26-12), Dragons (38-12) and the Panthers (46-6).

Des Haslers’s side bounced back with three straight wins, starting with a 13-2 win against the Warriors. Manly then crushed Gold Coast Titans 36-0 in Mudgee in Tom Trbojevic’s first game of the season.

The Sea Eagles kept the run going with a huge 40-6 win against Wests Tigers last week. They had 8-1 line breaks, 36-16 tackle breaks and missed just 16 tackles.

Manly Sea Eagles Injuries & Team News


There are no changes to the Manly side that beat the Tigers.

Curtis Sironen (knee) and Moses Suli (back) are due back in rounds 9-10.

Dylan Walker (hamstring) and Karl Lawton (achilles) are a few weeks away with Jack Gosiewski (foot) expected back in round 17.

Andrew Davey (knee) and Morgan Boyle (shoulder) are out for the season.

Manly Sea Eagles Predicted Line Up


1. Tom Trbojevic
2. Jason Saab
3. Brad Parker
4. Morgan Harper
5. Reuben Garrick
6. Kieran Foran
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Taniela Paseka
9. Lachlan Croker
10. Martin Taupau
11. Haumole Olakau'atu
12. Josh Schuster
13. Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

14. Cade Cust
15. Josh Aloiai
16. Sean Keppie
17. Toafofoa Sipley

Reserves

18. Zac Saddler
19. Tevita Funa
20. Christian Tuipolotu
21. Ben Trbojevic
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Verdict

Penrith are the best team in the NRL but Manly should be respected after two big wins. I am backing the Sea Eagles with the 14 point start.

Best Bet: Manly +14 Handicap @100.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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