Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs Betting Tip Manly -8 Handicap – 31st May 2020

Back-to-strength Sea Eagles can do a number on the Bulldogs again

AustraliaManly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury BulldogsAustralia
31st May 07:05hrs
Rugby League – Australia – NRL
Pick Manly -8 Handicap
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 21/20 odds taken 21:33 GMT, Thursday 28th May

The Manly Sea Eagles got their season off to a start by winning one of their two games played. Still, that is better than what the Bulldogs have put on the board. The visitors are looking for their first success of the campaign.

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Can the low scoring Sea Eagles bag a win?

The Sea Eagles opened their new campaign with a 14 point margin defeat against the Storm. But they did repost to that by narrowly picking off the Roosters. That was by a single point, but a win is a win.

So it has been a notably low-scoring start from Manly. So that may tempt punters into expecting the overall points tally to not get up to any great levels.

Going back to last season the Sea Eagles have won just two of their last five games. But the start of this campaign was hampered a bit by injury, so the lockdown break could have worked in their favour.

Our betting prediction:
1st Try scorer Reuben Garrick

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(odds taken 21:33 GMT, Thursday 28th May)

Players have had a chance to get back from surgery and other fitness problems, so on paper the Sea Eagles should be stronger. They have enough about their squad to get themselves into championship mode.

It’s star power that they carry including Addin Fonua-Blake who was one of those struggling to get fit for the start of the season. With the prop fully fit, that’s a big impact gain for the Sea Eagles.

They do have other clutch players like Jake Trbojevic and Rueben Garrick. The latter is one of the market leaders to get the first try of the match at 15/2* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 20:12 GMT on Thursday, 28th May 2020).


Can Bulldogs break their duck?

It has been a poor start from the Bulldogs and they are underdogs for their weekend fixture as well. They have only put the 18 points on the board in their two losses.

That’s still five more than what the Sea Eagles have managed, but the fourth-lowest tally in the ladder currently. The Bulldogs are leading the head to head against Manly 20-14.

But they lost both fixtures against them in the last campaign, conceding exactly 18 points in each of those defeats.

In their opening game of this campaign, the Bulldogs lost 2-8 against the Eels. They then lost 24-16 against the Cowboys. So an inauspicious start from them. Do they have a response?

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The Bulldogs have looked a little stark in the defensive quality. They have not looked a big ball-carrying threat either. So that is where their challenge in this one could hit the skids.

Last season, Canterbury won five of their 12 games out on the road, ending with -95 points difference from their road games.

In coming up against the stronger Sea Eagles, this could be a difficult task. The Bulldogs have lost three of their last four played against Manly.


Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs Betting Advice

The home win looks to be the most probable outcome in this one. Manly are going to come back much stronger than they were before the break and they do have the head to head form going against the Bulldogs do.


Key Facts – Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs Betting Tip

  • Manly Sea Eagles are W1 L1 this season in the Premiership
  • Manly Sea Eagles have won 3 of the last 4 against the Bulldogs
  • Canterbury Bulldogs are yet to win this season


There are too many perceptible weaknesses in the game of the Bulldogs to expect them to get out of this road trip with a victory. For all the world this looks as if it is going to a comfortable home success and a Sea Eagles -8 handicap at 21/20 has appeal* (betting odds taken from bet365 at 20:12 GMT on Thursday, 28th May 2020).


The best betting odds for Manly Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs

Manly Sea Eagles to win: 9/25 at Bet365
Draw: 22/1 at Bet365
Canterbury Bulldogs: 11/5 at Bet365