Pride vs Positioning
The Manly Sea Eagles have nothing to play for after losing last week, so only pride is on the line against the Cronulla Sharks.
The Sharks have much more to play for as they look to keep their top-four position as the NRL playoffs draw nearer.
NRL betting markets have the Sharks at -300 on the road but they are the quality team in this matchup.
Losing Streak Continues
The Sea Eagles were in a good spot four weeks ago, but after losing four consecutive games, they are no longer a playoff hope.
Losses to the Dragons, Roosters, Eels and Titans have put them on the back foot and playing for pride typically doesn’t bring out the best in the Sea Eagles.
With their season on the line and heavy sportsbook support, they lost 44-24 to the Titans and that shows just how bad they’re playing. Ever since seven players pulled out of a game after refusing to wear a rainbow-colored jersey, the year has gone downhill.
It has been an impressive collapse following a 42-12 win over the Knights, which had seemingly put them into finals contention. Now, they have to face a rampant Sharks outfit and we’re not surprised by the 8½-point line available.
Sharks Circling for Premiership
The red-hot Sharks are circling and they’re seeking another shot at the NRL premiership.
After posting four wins from their last five games, including a solid 20-10 defeat to the Panthers, the Sharks continue to exceed expectations.
Their best recent win was a 21-20 victory over the Rabbitohs and that form has since been franked. They haven’t been given much respect in betting online markets to win the premiership, but they’re genuine contenders.
Our only concern is the Sharks’ poor record against the Sea Eagles. The 23-11 deficit makes the Sea Eagles a bogey team.
Royce Hunt, who is off contract at the end of the year, has been big for the Sharks.
“There’s not many fullbacks that can stop the big fella in close range,” NRL commentator Dane Ginnane said.
“Royce Hunt has been superb, he’s just been too much to handle. He’s had injuries over the last couple of years but if they can get 30 or 40 minutes out of him like this most weeks, what a weapon to have.”
Sea Eagles vs Sharks Head-to-Head
The Sea Eagles have enjoyed playing the Sharks. They have a 23-11 advantage, but the most recent meeting went to the Sharks 34-22 at home.
Bettors would see the head-to-head stats and gravitate toward backing the Sea Eagles. However, the circumstances for this game are vastly different to those of the past.
Sea Eagles vs Sharks Game Information
- Game: Sea Eagles (9-12) vs Sharks (15-6)
- Location: 4 Pines Park, Sydney
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug. 20, 3:30 a.m. ET
- Sea Eagles vs Sharks Live Stream: RugbyPass
Sea Eagles vs Sharks Betting Lines
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Sea Eagles vs Sharks Prediction
There is no momentum with the Sea Eagles and they also suffered a couple of key injuries throughout the week. Having only pride to play for doesn’t bode well for them, so we’re going with the Sharks.
They have been playing some of the best rugby league and the NRL odds reflect it. We expect them to run all over the Sea Eagles and even up the head-to-head leger.