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New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles Predictions & Tips - Woeful Sea Eagles tipped for a heavy defeat

  • New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles predictions for Friday's NRL match
  • The match is being played at Central Coast Stadium (9.00am BST)
  • Manly have lost 12 of their last 13 matches
  • The Warriors have won 4 of their last 5 matches against Manly and can cover the handicap
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Manly Sea Eagles have lost 12 of their last 13 matches (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 08 Apr 2021
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New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles Predictions


The Warriors have a great record against Manly and are set to extend the Sea Eagles' winless start to the season. New Zealand are tipped to cover the handicap and win a high-scoring affair with over 42.5 points.

  • New Zealand Warriors have won 4 of their last 5 matches against Manly Sea Eagles.
  • New Zealand Warriors have covered the handicap line in 6 of their last 7 matches against Manly Sea Eagles.
  • New Zealand Warriors have seen over 40 points in their last 7 matches against Manly Sea Eagles.
  • Manly Sea Eagles have lost 12 of their last 13 matches.
  • Manly Sea Eagles have conceded most points (156) in the opening 4 rounds of the season.
  • Manly Sea Eagles have seen 48 or more points scored in 11 of their last 13 matches.
  • Manly Sea Eagles have conceded 40+ points in their last 2 matches at Central Coast Stadium.

Head to Head


New Zealand Warriors have won four of the last five matches played against Manly Sea Eagles, including the last three straight.

The Warriors won both meetings last season with a 26-22 win at Brookvale in Round 13 followed by a comprehensive 40-28 win at Central Coast Stadium in the final game of 2020.

New Zealand Warriors Form


The Warriors slipped to 11th on the ladder with a 2-2 record after losing last week's showdown with Sydney Roosters 32-12.

Defence will have been the focus this week for the Warriors having conceded 30 or more points in their last two matches.

New Zealand did outscore Canberra Raiders 34-31 to win in Round 3, but they have leaked points - something they hadn't done in the opening two rounds.

The Warriors started the season with a 19-6 win over Gold Coast Titans before losing 20-16 to Newcastle Knights in Round 2.

New Zealand Warriors Team News


The Warriors will be with suspended Bunty Afoa and Addin Fonua-Blake and Bayley Sironen, who miss out with knee and shoulder injuries.

Leeson Ah Mau and Tohu Harris have been named as props and Jack Murchie comes into the back row.

Kane Evans is set for his Warriors debut after being named on the bench. Tom Ale also comes onto the interchange. 

New Zealand Warriors Team List


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Adam Pompey 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Leeson Ah Mau 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Jack Murchie 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Ben Murdoch-Masila 15. Tom Ale 16. Kane Evans 17. Josh Curran 18. Rocco Berry 20. Paul Turner 21. Jackson Frei 22. Taniela Otukolo

Manly Sea Eagles Form


Manly Sea Eagles' woeful start to the season continued with a fourth straight defeat last week as Penrith Panthers pumped them 46-6 at home.

Des Hasler's side conceded four tries in each half against last year's minor premiers. It was their largest ever defeat at Brookvale.

The Sea Eagles have conceded an NRL-worst 156 points in defeats to Sydney Roosters 46-4, South Sydney Rabbitohs 26-12, St George Illawarra Dragons 38-12 and the Panthers.

Manly Sea Eagles Team News


Morgan Boyle is ruled out with a shoulder injury, leading to a recall in the second row for Jack Gosiewski.

Morgan Harper is named in the centres in place of Moses Suli, who has a back injury.

Cade Cust is ruled out due to a virus, meaning Tevita Funa comes onto the Manly bench. Toafofoa Sipley is also named among the reserves.

Manly Sea Eagles Team List


1. Dylan Walker 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. Jack Gosiewski 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Cade Cust 15. Toafofoa Sipley 16. Sean Keppie 17. Josh Aloiai 18. Tevita Funa 19. Zac Saddler 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Ben Trbojevic

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Verdict

The Warriors should win comfortably and mark coach Nathan Brown's 250th game as an NRL coach in perfect fashion. 

Back them to cover the handicap and the points to go over the line. New Zealand are also value to win by 13+ points.

Best Bet: Warriors -6.5 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Over 42.5 Points Total Points @-105.26 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Megabet: Warriors by 13+ Winning Margin @165.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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