With the Parramatta Eels looking to stay unbeaten and the Many Sea Eagles looking to pull off the big road upset, it’s time to find out which team is offering the best value against their National Rugby League betting odds. With both championship hopeful squads looking to build on victories in their respective first, post-pandemic contests last week, let’s find out which team is going to come out on top in this intriguing Sea Eagles vs Eels matchup, along with their NRL odds.
Unbeaten Eels Look To Take Care of Business Against Visiting Sea Eagles
Why Bet On The Eels at -166
Parramatta is sitting atop the NRL standings with a perfect 3-0 record that includes a league-high 88 points scored and a league-low 14 points allowed (+74). The Eels pounded the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in their Round 3 matchup on Thursday as six players all scored on tries and Mitchell Moses went 5-for-6 on conversions. Parramatta dominated possession with 64 percent while nearly doubling the meters run category by racking up 2,316 to Brisbane’s 1,309. Nathan Brown is suspended for another round, but Marata Niukore more than made up for his absence. While the Eels lead the NRL in points scored after three rounds with 88, their defense has been smothering.
“If you want to be a top four team you have to be one of the best defensive teams,” said center Michael Jennings. “We’ve been working really hard and our systems are working really well … It’s better to save a try than score a try.
Why Bet On The Sea Eagles at +129
Manly is sitting in sixth place in the NRL standings following their emphatic 32-6 smackdown win over the Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday. The Sea Eagles have scored 45 points while allowing 32 defensively (+13). Fullback Tom Trbojevic led the way to victory by scoring two tries while five other players added successful tries in the win. Reuben Garrick added a pair of conversions, though the Sea Eagles converted just two of seven attempts. Jack Gosiewski was named on the extended bench last match after a back disc infection and remains an option for coach Des Hasler in this matchup.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While I’m definitely not expecting Manly to simply roll over and concede victory in this matchup, I also can;t see the Sea Eagles getting the road upset in this affair because Parramatta has been so dominant at both ends of the pitch. With just two tries and 14 points allowed through three games. The Eels have set a new NRL record for fewest points allowed through three rounds. Yes, Parramatta has beaten a pair of underachieving teams, but they can only play who they line up against and they’ve dominated. With this affair going down on their home pitch, I like the Eels to get it done in a thriller!
Pick: Eels 26 Sea Eagles 18
General Game Info Manly Sea Eagles (2-0-1) vs. Parramatta Eels (3-0-0)
- When: Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 AM AEST
- Where: Bankwest Stadium
- Sea Eagles vs Eels Live: Fox
- Money Lines: Manly +129 / Parramatta -166
Telstra Premiership 2020 Round 4 Matches
- Roosters vs Broncos – Thursday 4th June, 05:50 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Rabbitohs vs Storm – Friday 5th June, 05:55 AM | AAMI Park, Melbourne
- Warriors vs Panthers – Friday 5th June, 04:00 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Sharks vs Cowboys – Saturday 6th June, 05:35 AM | Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
- Knights vs Raiders – Sunday 7th June, 02:05 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Wests Tigers vs Titan – Sunday 7th June, 04:30 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Dragons vs Bulldogs – Monday 8th June, 02:05 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney