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Value bets, insights and form for Manly vs. Cronulla, Sunday NRL

Manly vs. Cronulla, NRL Round 17
Sunday, 4pm AEST, Brookvale Oval, Manly.

The dreaded pre-origin round is again upon us, with team many teams fielding depleted squads.

Manly will relish halfback Daly Cherry-Evans not being selected for the Queensland side, with the side desperate to stay off the bottom of the competition ladder.

Cronulla are certain to struggle without captain Paul Gallen, who suffered a rib injury last week and competitive hooker Michael Ennis is sitting out of the match due to suspension.

The Sharks have won seven of their 14 games this season, while Manly have underachieved all season after a mighty 2014 campaign, winning just four games thus far.

These two sides have met on 23 occasions, with Manly having the upper hand by 15 matches to 8.

Betting summary

Punters are clearly throwing their cash behind Manly, paying just $1.53 with

For keen Sharks followers, you can secure $2.95 at in the head-to-head clash or $4.50 if you prefer the 1-12 margin market.

Manly (1-12) $3.05 at

Manly (13+) $2.62 at

Cronulla (1-12) $4.50 at

Cronulla (13+) $8.00 at

The line is 7.5 with and either side is paying $1.92.

The half and full-time markets are great exotics for punters who can’t decide on a specific margin and the most-proffered option is Manly to lead throughout, paying $1.83 at

Other combinations are:

Manly/Cronulla – $10.00 at

Cronulla/Manly – $8.00 at

Cronulla/Cronulla – $4.50 at

First Try-Scorer markets

Manly fullback Brett Stewart is the most preferred first-try scorer option for both sides at $9.00 with and for the Cronulla Sharks, there is plenty of value across the park with Valentine Homes the shortest-priced of the team at $13.00 at

Brett Stewart (Manly) – $1.95 to score a try,

Tom Trbojevic (Manly) – $9.50 and $1.95 to score a try at

Peta Hiku (Manly) – $10.00 and $2.20 to score a try at

Steve Matai (Manly) – $10.00 and $2.00 to score a try at

Sosaia Feki (Cronulla) – $14.00 and $2.50 to score a try at

Ricky Leutele (Cronulla) – $15.00 and $2.88 to score a try at

Michael Gordon (Cronulla) – $17.00 and $3.20 to score a try at

Other betting exotics

For Brett Stewart to score a try and Manly to be victorious is paying an enticing $10.00 at and with Ben Barba’s return to form in recent matches, a wise investment could be a Barba try and Manly to win, which is at $10.00 or a Barba try combined with a Sharks’ win is paying $14.00 at

This match looks to be in the Sea Eagles favour, however Cronulla have been playing some respectable football in their past few matches and are more than capable of producing another upset. While they’re missing key players, they are meeting an out-of-form Manly outfit.

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