TAB Betting Blog: No Tommy Turbo, no Manly Sea Eagles

NRL Round 10 - Manly vs. Parramatta (Saturday 7:35pm AEST)

Parramatta look set to heap more misery on Manly when the old foes do battle on Saturday night. The league leaders have dominated this fixture in recent times, winning nine of 11, while Manly's injury toll has hurt them in recent weeks.

The Eels are currently sitting on top of the ladder with 16 points. They are ranked equal third in attack (210 points) and are easily the best defensive outfit in the competition, conceding just 10.66 points per game. More and more they look like the real deal with the Roosters the only team to get the better of them so far in 2020.

While there was controversy the last time these teams met a few weeks back, with an incorrect call costing Manly the win, the Sea Eagles have lost three straight coming into this and are missing some influential players including Tom Trbojevic.

Manly really struggle without their No. 1, winning just six of their past 18 games without 'Tommy Turbo'. More recently, they have dropped three straight games since beating Canberra and Trbojevic was missing each time.

It is Parramatta all the way, and I am going for the Eels to win by 13 points or more as they have beaten them by a decent space in their past two.

Tip: Parramatta to beat Manly by 13 points or more at $2.15

English FA Cup semifinal - Arsenal vs. Manchester City (Sunday 4:45am AEST)

Manchester City was unable to defend the premiership this season, so they will be determined to continue their pursuit of retaining the FA Cup when they face Arsenal in their semifinal at Wembley Stadium early Sunday morning.

City has been in strong form of late, with three consecutive EPL wins, including a 2-1 home win over relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Thursday morning. In fact, they have won five of their last six fixtures in all competitions beginning with their 2-0 triumph away to Newcastle United in the sixth round of the FA Cup. One of these wins was a 4-0 thumping of Liverpool earlier this month.

Arsenal resumed from the coronavirus-enforced shutdown poorly with successive losses to Manchester City (3-0 away) and Brighton and Hove Albion (2-1 away). Since then, they have secured four wins and a draw from six EPL matches including a 2-1 home victory over this season's premiers Liverpool.

The Gunners booked their berth in this FA Cup semifinal with an injury-time 2-1 win away to Sheffield United.

Manchester City has a dominant recent record against Arsenal winning their last seven contests by two goals or more each time including the 2018 League Cup final. Manchester City has been more consistent than Arsenal since returning and they should notch another comfortable win.

Tip: Manchester City to defeat Arsenal by two goals or more in normal time at $1.85