Eels v Sea Eagles preview

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

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