With only four matches left in the regular season, both Wests Tigers and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles will be keen to pick up the points for differing reasons.
A victory could see Manly jump back into the top four if other results go in their favour and they will be hard to stop if they can continue the form they showed last week.
The Tigers will be hunting a win to help hold off the wooden spoon and open up a gap on the Knights, who are hot on their heels. Tigers will need to improve massively from the loss to Penrith for a chance to pick up points against the Sea Eagles.
2017 – Rd 19 Manly 28 def. Tigers 16 at Lottoland
2016 – Rd 2 Tigers 36 def. Manly 22 at Leichhardt Oval
2015 – Rd 15 Manly 30 def. Tigers 20 at Lottoland
2014 – Rd 18 Manly 40 def. Tigers 8 at Lottoland
2014 – Rd 5 Tigers 34 def. Manly 18 at Leichhardt Oval
History shows Manly have the edge over the Tigers, winning three of the last five clashes between the sides. However, the two matches that the Tigers won were both at the Leichhardt Oval, something which could be key.
Contests between the two sides are historically high-scoring and both sides have the attacking weapons to create another entertaining encounter.
|James Tedesco||1||1||Tom Trbojevic|
|David Nofoaluma||2||2||Matthew Wright|
|Esan Marsters||3||3||Dylan Walker|
|Kevin Naiqama||4||4||Brad Parker|
|Malakai Watene-Zelezniak||5||5||Akuila Uate|
|Tuimoala Lolohea||6||6||Blake Green|
|Luke Brooks||7||7||Daly Cherry-Evans|
|Aaron Woods||8||8||Brenton Lawrence|
|Matt McIlwrick||9||9||Apisai Koroisau|
|Tim Grant||10||10||Martin Taupau|
|Chris Lawrence||11||11||Frank Winterstein|
|Elijah Taylor||12||12||Shaun Lane|
|Matthew Eisenhuth||13||13||Jake Trbojevic|
|Alex Twal||14||14||Lewis Brown|
|Sauaso Sue||15||15||Lloyd Perrett|
|Michael Chee-Kam||16||16||Darcy Lussick|
|Jack Littlejohn||17||17||Addin Fonua-Blake|
|Josh Aloiai||18||18||Brian Kelly|
|JJ Felise||19||19||Cameron Cullen|
|Joel Edwards||20||20||Jonathan Wright|
|Ava Seumanufagai||21||21||Jarrad Kennedy|
The Facts of The Matter
The Tigers lost against a strong Panthers outfit last time out but they were competitive for a large proportion of the game, something they will be looking to build on against Manly.
Tigers will need the likes of James Tedesco, Aaron Woods and Luke Brooks to show their class if they are to have any chance of a victory but they can take some confidence from their recent Leichhardt Oval dominance over Manly.
Manly Sea Eagles
Manly rediscovered form last week with a classy performance in seeing off the heavyweight Roosters. Their defence had been coming under criticism over the previous fortnight however for leaking points.
With the defensive problems seemingly a thing of the past, Manly will be confident coming into this contest.
Going on their respective positions in the table, Manly are heavy favourites coming into this one but don’t be surprised if the Tigers produce a big performance and cause an upset. Having said that, I’m backing Manly to come out on top of this one by 12 points in a high-scoring match.
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