The Manly Sea Eagles will look to extend their winning ways when they host a visiting Cronulla Sharks squad that will be looking to boost their confidence even further after picking up a hard-fought win in round 6. With the Sea Eagles looking to stay among the league leaders and Cronulla looking to take another step toward reaching .500, let’s find out if Manly or Cronulla-Sutherland is the pick in this intriguing matchup so you can make your bets against their NRL odds.
NRL Sharks Vs Sea Eagles Round 7
Why Bet On The Sea Eagles
Manly is sitting in seventh place in the NRL standings with eight points. The Sea Eagles have scored 95 points while limiting the opposition to 75 points this season (+20). Manly has gone an identical 2-1 at home and on the road. Manly has won two straight and comes into this clash off an encouraging 14-6 upset road win over the previously one-loss Canberra Raiders on Sunday. Tom Trbojevic and Tevita Funa recorded scoring tries in the win while Reuben Garrick went 2-for-2 on conversions while adding a penalty goal for good measure. Manly’s defense shined as they limited Canberra to just one try in the win.
The bad news is that, for this round 7 battle, Tom Trbojevic (hamstring) and Dylan Walker (ankle) are both out of the lineup. Brendan Elliot moves to fullback and Lachlan Croker to five-eighth while Jorge Taufua returns on the wing and Martin Taupau is back from injury in the front row. Cade Cust joins the interchange while Brad Parker will be monitored after last week’s blow to the head. Manly has won 11 of their past 12 games against the Sharks.
Why Bet On The Sharks
Cronulla is sitting in 11th place in the NRL standings with four points. The Sharks have scored 106 points while allowing 126 points defensively (-20). Cronulla-Sutherland has gone an identical 1-2 at home and on the road this season. The Sharks have won two of their last three games including a hard-fought, 20-18 home win over Canterbury on Sunday as Sione Katoa scored a trio of tries and Bryson Goodwin added another. Shaun Johnson went 2-for-4 on conversions while Briton Nikora added a sin bins in the win. For this round 7 battle, Andrew Fifita is named to start with Braden Hamlin-Uele going back to the interchange. The Sharks’ winning record against the Sea Eagles (26%) is their worst against any opposition.
General Match Info Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (2-0-4) vs. Manly Sea Eagles (4-0-2)
- When: Sunday, June 2, 2020 at 1:05 AM AEST
- Where: Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
- Sharks Vs Sea Eagles Live: Nine/Fox Sports
- Money Lines: Sea Eagles wins -153 / Sharks wins +129
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While Manly doesn’t have the most explosive offense around as evidenced by the fact that they’ve scored just 95 points this season, they have been rock-solid defensively in limiting the opposition to just 12.5 points per game through six contests. Conversely, Cronulla is giving up 21.0 points per game, not to mention the Sharks have a losing road record coming into this affair. Manly has won four straight in this rivalry, not to mention the fact that the Sea Eagles knocked Cronulla out of last year’s playoffs to end Paul Gallen’s illustrious career on a sour note. Manly gets it done again to pick up their fifth win in seven games!
Pick: Sea Eagles 24 Sharks 16
Telstra Premiership 2020 Round 7 Matches
- Rabbitohs vs Panthers – Thursday 25th June, 05:50 AM | Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
- Dragons vs Roosters – Friday 26th June, 05:55 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Knights vs Cowboys – Friday 26th June, 01:00 AM | Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
- Warriors vs Storm – Friday 26th June, 04:00 AM | Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
- Raiders vs Eels – Saturday 27th June, 05:35 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Titans vs Broncos – Saturday 27th June, 03:30 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Wests Tigers vs Bulldogs – Sunday 28th June, 04:30 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney