Both sides will be looking to register back to back wins when the do battle at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.
The Bulldogs have a good record against their opponents, winning 7 of the past 12 matches played at this ground, as well as the last 2 encounters overall including a thrilling one point victory in the Semi Finals last season.
After disposing of the Storm last week, manly have now won their past 10 matches here against all opponents and will no doubt be looking to their legion of home fans to get them over the line here.
Generally matches between the two here have been low scoring with 6 of the past 8 tallying Under 40 points, and I can see a similar scenario unfolding again.
The Bulldogs will look to go through the middle on the back of their giant forwards, and I think they will have a fair degree of success against what appears to be an understrength Sea Eagles pack.
The Cowboys will be looking to open their account for season 2015 when they meet Queensland rivals the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Historically Brisbane have the edge, winning 11 of the past 15 clashes here and 23 of the past 34 overall with the Cowboys.
In saying that there has been little between these teams in recent years, with the last 6 clashes here being decided by a converted try or less, and 3 of the past 4 clashes here failing to surpass 30 points.
Local derbies are generally fiercely contested with both sides well up for it despite recent form or ladder position, and this clash appears to be no different with question marks hanging over both sides.
I’m slightly leaning towards the Cowboys, especially with the positional change of Morgan into the halves, however this could go either way so will stick with the Tri bet as the safer option.
Verdict: Tri Bet Either Team Under 6.5 Points at $3.0 with