We take a look at Saturday evenings (31/8/2019) NRL 2019 Week 24 match is between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm. The Sea Eagles have found some good form as they host the Storm this weekend but Melbourne go into as the heavily backed favourites.
When: Saturday August 31, 5:30pm
Where: Brookvale Oval
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
Two old rivals go at it in the match of the round at Lottoland when Manly host Melbourne. The Sea Eagles are coming off a spirited win in Canberra, with the 18-14 triumph pushing them into the top four. Melbourne produced an unconvincing 24-8 win against the Titans after a first half riddled with errors and penalties.
Des Hasler’s Sea Eagles have lost Joel Thompson to a broken arm, but Curtis Sironen is back in the second row, recovering from a hamstring injury. Melbourne’s team list is relatively settled as well, as they welcome back Will Chambers to the starting team.
The Sea Eagles snatched a dramatic 11-10 golden point win at the death against Melbourne just a few weeks ago, so revenge will surely be on Melbourne’s mind.
In their past four matches at Lottoland, the winning margin has been 1, 4, 20 and 2 points, with three of those wins by the Storm.
All signs point to another close one, with Manly 8-3 at home this season and Melbourne 10-1 on the road. Little separates the two sides statistically, both ranked in the top five for points scored and conceded.
The Wolf is going to back the underdog home side, Manly, to take a valuable two points and firm up a top four spot in a match that could be decided by a field goal once again.
Tip: Melbourne Storm at $1.73
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu at $8.50
Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brendan Elliot 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Manase Fainu 15. Corey Waddell 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Lachlan Croker 19. Tevita Funa 20. Brad Parker 21. Lloyd Perrett
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Max King 17. Tom Eisenhuth 18. Curtis Scott 19. Brodie Croft 20. Sandor Earl 21. Harry Grant
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change