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Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles Tips - Back Sea Eagles to cover

  • Round 23 fixture set at Suncorp Stadium on Friday
  • The Raiders lost to the Storm in the last round
  • The Sea Eagles have won 4 of 5
  • The Raiders beat the Sea Eagles in Round 17
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The Raiders and Sea Eagles clash anew this week. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
There’s still enough time left for the Raiders to make a late finals push, but nothing is a guarantee with one of the toughest remaining schedules in the league.

Canberra faces an enormous challenge this week against a Manly side eying off a top-four spot, followed by a trip to Mackay to face the Warriors and the Roosters in the final two rounds.

Head coach Ricky Stuart has to be encouraged by some aspects of last week’s 10-point loss to the Storm, but there’s no doubt he’ll be taking this week to address his sides ill discipline after allowing Melbourne to kick two late penalty goals.

For Manly, this game is just as important.

The Sea Eagles are only two games adrift from the fourth-placed Rabbitohs after handing the Eels a 56-10 hiding last week following their own loss to Melbourne a week earlier.

Manly already appears to be a serious player come finals time, and they won’t be short on motivation this week after losing to the Raiders back in Round 17.

The line has been set at -12.5 in favour of Manly, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it gets out even further once we know more about Tom Trbojevic’s status following last week’s knock to the jaw.

Verdict

If Turbo plays, the Sea Eagles should continue their scoring blitz against a Raiders team that is still struggling to string together two consistent halves of football.

Best Bet: Manly -12.5 Line @100 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
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