Ironic as it may seem, the last-placed Eels will probably feel very good about their chances of notching their first win of the season against a Manly side that was booed off their home ground in last week’s 38-12 thrashing from the Tigers.
Parramatta appeared to make progress in a tough round five loss to the Panthers, but they were never really in the hunt in last week’s 18-2 road loss to the Raiders and slipped to 0-6 for the season. Still, the Eels are at home this week and might finally get a morale-boosting victory.
The Sea Eagles were terrible against the Tigers, falling into a 26-0 hole at half-time. Given that their away record is so poor, they will need a massive form turnaround to overcome a desperate Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
Head-to-head: Played 138; Sea Eagles 83 wins; Eels 51 wins; 4 draws
Matches at venue: First game between these teams at ANZ Stadium
2017 result: Eels won 20-12 at Lottoland in round 1
Points per game: Eels 7.7; Sea Eagles 23.7
Points conceded per game: Eels 25.3; Sea Eagles 23.2
Televised: Live on Fox League