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NRL: Sea Eagles out to upset Panthers

Manly Sea Eagles will be out to cause an upset against Penrith Panthers on Thursday night, and boost their finals hopes in the process.

There are just four games of the regular NRL season remaining and the Sea Eagles will need a strong finish if they are to book their place in the top eight.

The Panthers have no such concerns, but they also need to keep winning games if they are to wrap up the minor premiership ahead of Brisbane Broncos.

It is the first clash of week 24 and the Sea Eagles will need a lot to go their way if they are to overcome a Panthers side who are bang in form, but upsets do happen.

WhatManly Sea Eagles v Penrith Panthers
Where4 Pines Park, Sydney
When19:50 (AEST) Thursday 10th August, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsManly Sea Eagles 8.00, Penrith Panthers 1.08

Do-or-die clash for Manly

The Sea Eagles face a huge couple of weeks and will need to find their best form to knock over two of the best sides in the NRL.

Following the game against the Panthers, they must travel to take on the third-placed Warriors, and will need to win at least one of them to keep their finals hopes alive.

Their best opportunity could be against the Panthers as they will have the backing of a large and hostile home support at 4 Pines Park.

They have won five from eight at the venue this season.

Manly had been in good form with back-to-back wins against the Sharks and Dragons, but then missed a great chance to make it three against the Roosters.

Despite dominating possession and playing against 12 men for the last 18 minutes of the game, Manly slipped to a 26-16 defeat.

Manly have been hit by the news that Matt Lodge will be missing with a knee injury, joining Taniela Paseka and Josh Aloiai on the sidelines.

Panthers on a roll

The two sides have already met on one occasion this season with the Panthers romping to a 44-12 win at BlueBet Stadium back in March.

It was a massive win and the Panthers can be backed at 10.00 to do it again and win by 31-35 points on Thursday night.

The Panthers are on fire and have not lost a game since back in June when the Cowboys beat them by four points in Townsville.

Penrith also have the sign over the Sea Eagles, and have not suffered a defeat against them in over five years.

There will be no complacency from Penrith, however, as shocks do happen, and it is do-or-die for Manly as they chase the top eight.

The Panthers beat Melbourne Storm by 20 points last week and it is not just their attacking play that is catching the eye.

Their defence is too, and they have conceded just six points over the last two games.

Penrith are boosted by the news Izack Tago has returned to fitness following a knee injury and is in contention to start.

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