Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs: Manly to continue winning run at home

Bulldogs face an uphill battle to nab a win on the road
Daly Cherry Evans set to shine at home against the Bulldogs in round 22 of the NRL (Getty Images)

Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs Preview & Betting Tips


The Sea Eagles host the Bulldogs in round 22 of the NRL at Lottoland Stadium. After an upset win over the Sharks last week, the Sea Eagles will be confident of back-to-back wins. 

Manly Sea Eagles


A win for the Sea Eagles this week would mark only the second time the side has won two consecutive games in 2018. The Bondi club has endured a wretched season and will be playing to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon.

Dale Cherry-Evans has been a class above his team-mates this season, orchestrating a 1-point win over the Sharks last week. The Manly half’s stocks have risen considerably since his State of Origin appearance and he has scored two tries in his last three games. 

In a show of faith in his charges, Trent Barrett has named an unchanged side from the one that defeated the Sharks.

Canterbury Bulldogs


The Bulldogs surprised the competition last week, pulling off a 36-22 win over the Broncos. The Doggies have won their last two games at home but have struggled on the road this season winning only three matches.

Rookie half Lachlan Lewis continues to perform admirably in the absence of Kieran Foran. The Broncos stood off the young half last week as he used his kicking game to pin the Broncos on their own try line. The young half will be tested this week against Manly’s rush up defence, giving him less time on his 5th tackle options. 

The Bulldogs have opted for Jeremy Marshall-King at halfback and fire-brand forward David Klemmer comes back into the side from suspension. 

Lachlan Lewis put in a polished performance for the Bulldogs last week in defence (Getty Images)

Head-to-Head


These two sides have met 127 times with the Sea Eagles winning 64 times to the Bulldogs 58 victories. These two sides last met in round 24, 2017 with the Bulldogs running out comfortable winners at ANZ Stadium 30-16.

Match Up


The Sea Eagles won’t let the Bulldogs halves enjoy the same amount of space they got from the Broncos last week. Manly were able to force the Sharks into some uncharacteristic errors and will employ the same rush line defence against the Bulldogs.

Manly will win this game in the halves with Daly Cherry-Evans and Dylan Walker pulling the strings for the Sea Eagles. The Sea Eagles playmaker had three try assists and kicked the winning field goal last week against the Sharks. 

Key Statistics


  • The Bulldogs average 17 points per match this season.
  • The Bulldogs have lost 2 of their last 3 games away from ANZ Stadium
  • The Sea Eagles rank 12th in scoring with 412 points for the season.
  • Sea Eagles forward Martin Tapau leads the NRL for offloads – 63
  • Daly Cherry-Evans has scored 2 tries in his last 3 appearances. 
Verdict 

Both of these clubs have underperformed spectacularly this season. The stats aren’t pretty for either club but Daly-Cherry Evans proved to the difference last week for the home side. 

It’s been a difficult season for the Manly half but he proved his worth last week with the winning field goal. His ability to pressure the Bulldogs rookie halves combination into some mistakes tilts the scales in the Sea Eagles favour. 

I’m confident the Bondi club can record their second consecutive win for only the second time this season. 

Total Points: Under 43.5 @ 1.90
Dan Gardner 08 August 2018
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