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  • Gold Coast Titans vs Manly Sea Eagles expert predictions for Saturday’s Round 7 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 5:30 PM at Cbus Super Stadium
  • The Titans, though they have had a tough start to the season, are improving and could turn the tables
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Des Hasler still chasing his first win as head coach of the Gold Coast Titans. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Gold Coast Titans vs Manly Sea Eagles, Round 7 2024 - Expert Prediction


The stage is set for new Titans coach Des Hasler to attempt to get his first win of the season against his former club, which he will meet for the first time since departing in 2022. The Titans were a much improved side last week and the jury is out if fairy tale fairy will visit Hasler, however, the Titans are predicted to put a scare in Manly at some stage through the match.
  • Gold Coast Titans vs Manly Sea Eagles, Round 7 2024 - Expert Prediction
  • Head to Head 
  • Gold Coast Titans Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Gold Coast Titans Team News
  • Gold Coast Titans Team List
  • Manly Sea Eagles Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team News
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team List
  • Gold Coast Titans vs Manly Sea Eagles NRL 2024 Round 7 FAQ’s

The Gold Coast and Manly saw golden-point action last weekend with Sea Eagles giving up a lead and the Titans chasing one down.Manly were able to get away with a point while the Titans failed to capitalize on a chance to get their first win. 

I am definitely not sold on the Sea Eagles yet and their defence has definitely been an area of their game that is going to need some improvement if they are truly going to be recognized as a top-four contender. Manly are mid-pack when it comes to points conceded allowing their opposition 21 points on average per game and are generally coming in lapses in a match where they a giving up multiple tries in short periods of time. 

I see the Titans being able to take advantage of this defect in the Sea Eagles and make a game out of it on Saturday, just as they did in Canberra last weekend. The question will be though, how many points will they let Chery-Evans, Brooks and Trbojevic orchestrate?

I have the Gold Coast winning either half of football, but if I was a betting man I would of course be on Manly. Both defences are soft at times and I expect that the Titans will put up 18 points or more in this one. 

For Manly, Tommy Turbo loves a game against the Gold Coast and will be sniffing around to slide through the loose Titans defence once or even twice in this game.

  • The Titans have won the last 5 halves of football against Manly.
  • The Titans have scored over 17.5 points in their past 2 games this season.
  • Manly has conceded 18 points or more in their past 4 matches.
  • Tom Trbojevic has scored 9 tries in 7 games against the Gold Coast.

Head to Head 


The Titans got the win in the only game played against Manly last season, beating the Sea Eagles at 4 Pines Park 26-10, in round 9. It was the second consecutive win for the Titans against the Sea Eagles winning their second match 44-24 in 2022. Manly had won the three games prior with the head to head record at four wins a piece. 

Five of the past seven games between Manly and the Gold Coast have gone Over the Game Total, pointing towards an exciting contest on Saturday. 

Gold Coast Titans Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
0-52-31-4

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
-501-40-10-4

The Coast lost in an absolute heartbreaker against the Raiders on Sunday with their first win still eluding them after going down in golden point 21-20, coming from 10 points behind in the final 5 minutes, then missing the first chances of the extra time to kick a field goal. 

The Titans did look better defensively, which will be a real positive for the club after their horror start to the season, conceding an average of 29.2 points per game and 6.4 linebreaks. The Gold Coast were much tighter in defence and were able to deter the Raiders constant attack with Canberra having the ball for 11.25 minutes more in the match. 

The reshuffle of A.J. Brimson into five-eight and Kieren Foran into halfback was a success, with the Titans looking more dangerous with the ball in hand than they have all season.

Gold Coast Titans Team News


With Jayden Campbell going down and being out for a lengthy period, coach Des Hasler has opted to put Philip Sami at fullback to replace him.

A double by Alofiana Khan-Pereira last week has the flying winger locked in the starting 13 this week and Harley Smith-Shields at centre.

The combination with A.J. Brimson and Kieren Foran will also be tested again this week. 

Gold Coast Titans Team List


1. Phillip Sami
2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira
3. Brian Kelly
4. Harley Smith-Shields
5. Jojo Fifita
6. AJ Brimson
7. Kieran Foran
8. Moeaki Fotuaika
9. Chris Randall
10. Jaimin Jolliffe
11. David Fifita
12. Beau Fermor
13. Klese Haas

Interchange
14. Sam Verrills
15. Erin Clark
16. Isaac Liu
17. Josiah Pahulu

Reserves
18. Joe Stimson
19. Keano Kini
20. Tanah Boyd
21. Tony Francis
22.Jacob Alick-Wiencke

Manly Sea Eagles Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
2-33-23-2

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
3.524-22-21-0

Manly had a victory in their sights but a couple of calls and brain explosions cost them a win against the Warriors with the game ending in a 22-22 draw. Either way, it was a good effort from the Sea Eagles to come away with a point from their trip to New Zealand after beating Penrith the week prior and keeping their momentum rolling.

The three-point attack of Daly Cherry-Evans, Luke Brooks and Tom Trbojevic has been critical and clinical in the Sea Eagles success with all three men able to be the provider or the runner making their attack difficult to read and defend. 

The perfect example was their match against the Warriors with Cherry-Evan the beneficiary, scoring two tries, along with a try and linebreak assist, while Turbo recorded 1 linebreak assist along with 2 try assist and Brooks also getting a linebreak assist.

Manly Sea Eagles Team News


Reuben Garrick returns from concussion and will replace Ben Trbojevic in the centres after suffering a hamstring injury.

Tommy Talau and Jason Saab return to fill both wing positions. Matt Lodge will also make his first appearance of the season with both Josh Aloaiai and Toafofoa Sipley out this week through suspension and injury respectively.

Nathan Brown returns to the side with Aaron Woods dropping out.

Manly Sea Eagles Team List


1. Tom Trbojevic
2. Jason Saab
3. Tolu Koula
4. Reuben Garrick
5. Tommy Talau
6. Luke Brooks
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Taniela Paseka
9. Lachlan Croker
10. Matthew Lodge
11. Haumole Olakau’atu
12. Corey Waddell
13. Jake Trbojevic

Interchange
14. Karl Lawton
15. Ethan Bullemor
16. Aaron Woods
17. Nathan Brown

Reserves
18. Jake Arthur
19. Dean Matterson
20. Jaxson Paulo
21. Gordon Chan Kum Tong
22. Aitasi James

Gold Coast Titans vs Manly Sea Eagles NRL 2024 Round 7 FAQ’s

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Verdict

The Titans have been improving after a horrid start and I expect them to win either half of the game on Saturday against Manly, who they have had the better of recently.
 
The Gold Coast will put up at least 18 points and Tom Trbojevic will score a try for the Sea Eagles, continuing his fine record against the Titans on the try scoring front.
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