Eels Slipping Towards Ten Straight Defeats

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Tim Mannah has been one of the Eels best this season. Source: Cameron Richardson/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 17, 2013 – Manly Sea Eagles 50 d Parramatta Eels 10 at Brookvale Oval
Round 18, 2012 - Manly Sea Eagles 40 d Parramatta Eels 24 at Brookvale Oval
Round 5, 2012 – Parramatta Eels 29 d Manly Sea Eagles 20 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 23, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 26 d Parramatta Eels 20 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 15, 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 22 d Parramatta Eels 18 at Brookvale Oval

Current Form

  Rd 16    Rd 17    Rd 18    Rd 19    Rd 20 
Eels

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L

L

L

L

Sea Eagles

L

W

W

W

W


The Eels  will be out to avoid a tenth straight defeat when they face the Sea Eagles  on Saturday evening, having failed to win a match since beating the Broncos 19-18 in May. Ricky Stuart was hailed as the saviour when he arrived at Parramatta in the off-season but has been a huge disappointment, leading the side to just three wins in the opening 20 rounds. To make matters worse for Stuart, Luke Kelly has been ruled out of this match after suffering a hamstring strain in the 40-12 defeat to the Bulldogs last Friday night, with Api Pewhairangi taking his place alongside Ben Roberts in the halves.

With his side coming into this fixture on a five-day backup from Monday night’s 36-18 victory over West Tigers, Manly boss Geoff Toovey has added James Hasson and Peta Hiku to his squad as cover for Steve Matai and George Rose, who both picked up knocks in that game. Everyone will be hoping that Matai takes the field following his stoush with Parramatta prop Mitch Allgood in round 17, after which he vowed to square-up when the pair next met.

1st Tryscorer

Given the entire 17 man Parramatta squad named to take the field this week has scored just 21 tries all year it’s hard to pinpoint a player who will pose a major threat to the Manly defence, but Ryan Morgan  may just fill the bill. The young centre bagged five tries in his first seven matches this season but has failed to cross the line in as many subsequent appearances. He must be due. Surely.

Some players seem to save their best footy for certain opposition and that is certainly the case for David Williams  whenever he plays Parramatta. He has 10 tries from six appearances against the Eels and opened the scoring when the clubs met last month.

Prediction

Parramatta has won eight of its past 11 home games against Manly, but that is where the good news ends for Eels fans. They have been dreadful this season while the Sea Eagles are just hitting top gear, going into this fixture with four consecutive wins. The Sea Eagles four highest scores of 2013 have been posted in the past month and they have put 90 points on Parra in the past two meetings between the pair. This could be carnage. Manly Sea Eagles by 26

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