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Sea Eagles vs Storm - Manly to keep it close

Manly and Melbourne meet at Lottoland in what is an exciting clash to showcase the finals early. Our expert predicts this to be a very close game.
Will Chambers
Will Chambers returns on Saturday to face Manly at Lottoland

Sea Eagles vs Storm Preview, Predictions & Betting

The Manly Sea Eagles host the Melbourne Storm this Saturday evening as both sides look to finish the season off in style.

Manly look to hold on to a top-four spot this weekend after beating fellow top-four team Canberra last weekend while Melbourne will look continue their momentum after a hard fought win over the Titans.

A tight contest is expected between these two with finals on the horizon.

Sea Eagles Team News

The Sea Eagles have made several changes to the side that defeated the Raiders last weekend. 

Joel Thompson has been ruled out due to a broken arm but in his absence, Curtis Sironen returns in his place from a hamstring injury.

Centre Brad Parker has been named among the reserves after being sidelined with a knee injury over the past two weeks.

If Parker is ready to play, he will most likely replace Brendan Elliot in the starting line up.

Storm Team News

The Storm welcome back a couple of names in the wake of their defeat of the Titans last weekend.

Will Chambers slots straight back into the side after missing last weekend which pushes Curtis Scott to the reserves.

Brodie Croft has also been named in the reserves which could be changed game day if he is 100 per cent ready.

Tino Faasuamaleaui has gained the last bench spot in place of Tui Kamikamica.

Sea Eagles vs Storm Head To Head

Melbourne holds a slender lead over Manly when it comes to their clashes.

Since 1998, these two teams have played 35 times with the Storm leading the battle 19 to 15 with one draw.

The last two matches between these two teams have been decided by one point with each team getting a win.

Melbourne has won six of the last ten at Lottoland.

Sea Eagles vs Storm Match Up

The head-to-head to focus on for this match is the battle of the New South Wales teammates in Jake Trbojevic and Dale Finucane.

Both these players have very similar stats yet focus their energy on different sides of the ball. 

The pair average close to 12 hit-ups a game and when it comes to running metres, only 26 metres separating them, with Finucane leading the way.

Where Dale Finucane is more effective is his attack. His post-contact metres are significantly higher with 998.9 metres and he has broken 29 tackles to Trbojevic’s nine.

Both players have a very high tackle efficiency percentage with Trbojevic leading that stat with 93.3 per cent to Finucane’s 92.1.

This is going to be an intriguing tussle with both men evenly matched.

Sea Eagles vs Storm Key Statistics

  • 8.8 points is the average margin between the two teams over their past ten games
  • Seven of those ten games have been decided by four points or less
  • Both teams are in the top five in the NRL for line breaks, post-contact metres and, tackle-breaks

Verdict

With little separating these two teams in the past, we're taking the points head start on Manly.

On paper, the Storm looks the better side but the Sea Eagles are an annoying team that find a way to stick around in their matches.

We think the line bet is the safe option heading into the match of the round.


Line Bet: Manly (+2.5) @ 1.90 at Ladbrokes Australia - 10 Units
To Score At Anytime: Will Chambers @ 3.75 at Beteasy - 10 Units

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