Des Hasler welcomes his former club out to Brookie on Saturday night, in what is a fascinating betting match.
While Des will have plenty of headaches now that DCE has joined Turbo Tom on the sidelines, he couldn't be happier with the performances his side continue to dish up.
Meanwhile Dean Pay will be happy with the Dogs' efforts since their humiliating loss to the Dragons in Round 5, with a well earned two competition points last week against the Cowboys.
They'll need to build on that to record back-to-back wins here.
Why Sea Eagles can win
Now without their two main attacking weapons, it remains to be seen if Manly's attack can continue scoring tries for fun.
They've crossed for the fourth-most tries in 2019, a stat unusual for a Des Hasler side.
Kane Elgey comes into the team to partner Lachlan Croker in the halves. And with over 50 games of NRL experience, Elgey has all the quality to help Manly keep the ball rolling.
With a great forward pack that have been inspirational this campaign, Elgey and Croker just need to do the basics right and the home side will come out on top.
Why Bulldogs can win
The Dogs continue to put in for their coach and based on what we've seen in the past month, it doesn't look like that's about to change.
Corey Harawira-Naera is one who has really flourished at his new club. The ex-Panther made a game high 43 tackles, ran for 149 metres, and scored two valuable tries in last week's win.
And with big Ofakiki Ogden also impressing in recent weeks, the Dogs just about have enough strength in the forwards to contain Manly's pack.
Point-scoring has been their problem in 2019. And against a Des Hasler defence, they'll need to show something more.
It looks likely that Kieran Foran will make the run-on side after overcoming an ankle injury, whilst Dylan Napa is an outside chance of also returning. If these two take the field, expect the Dogs to give this a real crack.
Key NRL Stat
The previous 4 games between these sides have all been won by the home team: Sea Eagles to win @ $1.70
NRL Betting Tip: Sea Eagles to win @ $1.70
Reasoning: At Brookvale and with Des desperate to get one up over his old club, they should have enough to scrape over the line. However, punters should wait until news on the return of Foran and Napa is confirmed.