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  • Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles expert predictions for Sunday’s Round 3 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 4:05 PM at CommBank Stadium
  • The match expected to see high scoring with total points exceeding 41.5.
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Luke Brooks
The move to the northern beaches has been a success for Brooks. (Getty Images)


Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles Tips


The Manly Sea Eagles have a chance to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2007, when they went on to play in the NRL Grand Final. 
  • Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Parramatta Eels Form
  • Parramatta Eels Team News
  • Parramatta Eels Team List
  • Manly Sea Eagles Form
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team News
  • Manly Sea Eagles Team List

Manly come up against the Eels who have had a decent start themselves, but it will be the lads from the northern beaches that will keep their perfect season alive.

The move of Luke Brooks to partner Daly Cherry-Evans has worked a treat for Manly and it will flourish more and more with every game. 

There were questions over the defence of Manly but they did well stopping the Roosters last week in their second victory of the season. The defensive line of the Sea Eagles will be tested heavily again this week when they take on the Parramatta Eels which should result in an entertaining game for the fans.

Parramatta didn’t have the best defensive structure last season and was put under fire last week in their loss to the Panthers. I predict that the Eels will score a few tries but so will Manly and it will be the Sea Eagles that do enough to get a 1-12 win against the Westies. This will be an entertaining Sunday encounter that will see the game total of 41.5 be exceeded.

The Eels leaked six linebreaks to Izak Tago of the Panthers last week so you can expect Manly to attack the left side defence of Parramatta and we will see Reuben Garrick get his second try of the season.

  • Manly have started the season 2-0.
  • The Over has hit in 4 of the last 5 games between Manly and Parramatta.
  • 14 of 24 Eels games hit the over last season.
  • Parramatta conceded 3 tries on their left edge against the Panthers last week.

Head to Head 


The Eels and the Sea Eagles both took a home win against each other in 2023, Manly winning 34-30 in round 2 and Parramatta 34-4 in round 16.

It has been neck and neck in the head to head record since 2019 with both teams winning five matches, however the Eels have had the recent dominance winning three of the last four games.

Parramatta Eels Form


Parra opened their season well with a dominant performance over the Canterbury Bulldogs 26-8 and backed it up well last weekend with a 26-18 loss to the Penrith Panthers.

Despite the loss, the Eels were in the game for a long period, leading 18-16 at halftime and muscled up to the reigning premiers, however, the Panthers wore the Eels down and began to break their line, totaling 10 linebreaks in the game and tallying 426 more run metres.

Parramatta Eels Team News


Bailey Simonsson is out with concussion, Morgan Harper moves to the wing and Blaize Talagi into the centres.

Brendan Hands was dropped to the reserves with Luca Moretti joining the interchange.

Parramatta Eels Team List


1. Clint Gutherson
2. Morgan Harper
3. Will Penisini
4. Blaize Talagi
5. Sean Russell
6. Dylan Brown
7. Mitchell Moses
8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
9. Joey Lussick
10. Junior Paulo
11. Shaun Lane
12. Bryce Cartwright
13. J’maine Hopgood

Interchange
14. Luca Moretti
15. Ryan Matterson
16. Joe Ofahengaue
17. Kelma Tuilagi

Reserves
18. Ofahiki Ogden
19. Wiremu Greig
20. Brendan Hands
21. Makahesi Makatoa
​​​​​​​22. Daejarn Asi

Manly Sea Eagles Form


Manly are 2-0, who would have thought. The Sea Eagles have knocked off some serious competition in the Bunnies 36-24 in Vegas and the Roosters 21-14 at Brookie. 

Luke Brooks has really made an impact for the Sea Eagles, scoring a try and recording a try assist and two linebreak assists. 

His combination with Daly Cherry-Evans has been functioning very well. Cherry has been doing all the kicking and letting Brooks run at the line where he is at his best.

Manly Sea Eagles Team News


Tommy Talau has been replaced on the wing by Raymond Tuiamalo Vaega.

Josh Schuster is still playing reserve grade.

Manly Sea Eagles Team List


1. Tom Trbojevic
2. Raymond Tuiamalo Vaega
3. Tolu Koula
4. Reuben Garrick
5. Jaxson Paulo
6. Luke Brooks
7. Daly Cherry-Evans
8. Taniela Paseka
9. Lachlan Croker
10. Josh Aloiai
11. Haumole Olakau’atu
12. Ben Trbojevic
13. Jake Trbojevic

Interchange
14. Karl Lawton
15. Corey Waddell
16. Ethan Bullemor
17. Nathan Brown

Reserves
18. Jake Arthur
19. Tommy Talau
20. Aaron Woods
21. Brad Parker
​​​​​​​22. Gordon Chan Kum Tong

Verdict

The Manly Sea Eagles will get a tight win as the underdog against Parramatta by a margin of 1-12.
Both teams will score in an entertaining Sunday game of footy that hits the over. Reuben Garrick to cross for a try for the Sea Eagles.

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