Des Hasler's Canterbury Bulldogs take on his former side the Manly Sea Eagles in NRL Round 8 Friday night football. The opening head to head odds saw the Bulldogs as $2.18 underdogs and the Sea Eagles at $1.77 however Canterbury's odds have been coming in. The latest NRL Odds see Canterbury's price range from $1.99 to $2.08 while Manly are currently between $1.75 up to $1.917. In the NRL line handicap market we see that depending on the bookmaker the line ranges between Canterbury +1 (at Luxbet), +1.5 (at Centrebet) and +2 (at Pinnacle and Sportsbet.com.au). Most bookmakers are holding out from posting an early over under total with those that have setting it at O/U38.5.
Canterbury Bulldogs: The Bulldogs are 4-3 for the season with wins over Pen (22-14), STG (30-4), NZ (32-18) and GC (30-20) while they have lost to NEW (6-20), STH (10-20) and MEL (6-12). Canterbury has averaged 19.43 points per game while allowing an average of 15.43 for a differential of +4. In NRL betting results the Bulldogs are 5-2 (+$275) against the line handicap and they are +$157.90 against the head to head odds (for $100 bets each week).
The Manly Sea Eagles: Manly welcome back Glenn Stewart, Brett Stewart and Kieran Foran from injury for this game. The reigning premiers are 3-4 thus far with wins over the Warriors (26-20), Tigers (22-18) and Panthers (30-0) and losses to the Sharks (14-17), Dragons (6-17), Eels (20-29) and Titans (14-26). Manly have a positive point’s differential of +.71 by way of having scored an average of 18.86 points per game and allowing 18.14. NRL betting results for Manly see them with a 3-4 (-$115) record against the line handicap and -$119 against the money line odds.
In the winning margin betting market for this game we see that currently the best odds on Canterbury by 1-12 points is $3.55 (Pinnacle), and Canterbury by 13+ $5.10 (Pinnacle) while for the Sea Eagles by 1-12 points $3.20 (Pinnacle) and Manly by 13+ $4.25 (Luxbet) and the draw option is $26. At the moment Pinnacle Sports is offering the highest odds in 3 of the 5 winning margin betting options which are not surprising given their low margin approach. You can read more about Pinnacle and our other recommended bookmakers in our BetonFooty.com.au's Online Bookmaker Reviews section.
The History: With eight games between these two teams over the last 5 seasons it is Manly who hold the edge 5-3. The team who has won straight up has also covered the line handicap in all 8 games (8-0). The home and away record is 4-4 and so to the Favourite v Underdog (4-4). The average game total for the past eight encounters is 41.63 points.
The verdict - here at BetonFooty.com.au our numbers show enough value on the Bulldogs to warrant a play and we have taken them on the money line. The over under total is right in line with our number and at this stage the weather does not look like being a factor so no play there.