Canterbury Bulldogs v Manly Sea Eagles 5/31/20 NRL Rugby Pick, Odds, Prediction

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Manly Sea Eagles (1-1) v Canterbury Bulldogs (0-2)

Sunday May 31st 2020, 18:30 AEST 4:30 AM EST

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The last game of round three sees the 1-1 Manly Sea Eagles take on the cellar dwelling Canterbury Bulldogs.

Manly is coming off an impressive win against the reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters with Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans sealing the win with a field goal in the dying minutes. The Bulldogs could not get out of their own way in their opening game against Parramatta and weren’t much better in round two vs the Cowboys, scoring a consolation try on the fulltime siren to make the game seem closer than it really was.

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Manly has managed just 1 line break and 970 post contact metres which ranks them second last and eighth in the league in those respective categories while the Bulldogs sit at 11th in post contact metres with 903 total. Sea Eagles rank 4th in completion rate with 77% while the Bulldogs rank 15th with 65%. This poor completion rate is attributed to an average 15 errors a game, which is the most in the NRL across the opening two games.

The season suspension has not been kind to the Bulldogs losing Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor as their contracts were de-registered by the NRL due to serious conduct breaches. They will also be without Marcelo Montoya for a further 8-12 weeks due to a training injury and forward Joe Stimson looks set to miss the remainder of the year. Fortunately, for Manly they remain relatively unchanged from their round two lineup.

I like this game to go under the match total. Bulldogs commit many errors which will slow the tempo of the game down. Both teams rank in the top three for kick meters while in the bottom 4 in the league in kick return meters. This spells a lot of time for both teams coming out of their own end, which should soak up a lot of time.

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