Allianz Stadium, Friday 7.45pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 22 2012 - Sea Eagles 8 bt Cowboys 6 at Dairy Farmers Stadium
Head-to-head: Sea Eagles 12 Cowboys 7
Referees: Shayne Hayne, Ben Cummins
TV: Live, Channel 9
TAB Sportsbet: Sea Eagles $1.95 Cowboys $1.88
FootyTab: Sea Eagles +1.5
Greg Prichard writes: The Sea Eagles are still slight favourites, but there has been a lot of money for the Cowboys to win. Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon remains in doubt with a calf injury, and there is a big question mark over how effective he will be if he does manage to play. We shouldn't forget that the Sea Eagles are premiers, though, and that other key players can reliably be expected to lift in reaction to the team's problems. The Cowboys are right in this game, but so are the Sea Eagles.
Souths need an attitude adjustment
The Rabbitohs will need a better response to adversity in order to keep their cool.
AAP writes: In round 22 these sides played out one of the toughest matches of the year, won 8-6 by Manly in Townsville. After 80 minutes the game finished one try apiece and given the adversity they've suffered from last week's loss to Canterbury, the Sea Eagles should take heart from this gritty performance last month. Manly will be without New Zealand international Steve Matai, and his centre partner Jamie Lyon is also in doubt with a calf injury. However, it was only a week ago that the Sea Eagles were premiership favourites and if they can aim up with their typical finals style of play, the Cowboys will have to play plenty of football to beat them. The dynamic duo of Johnathan Thurston and Matt Bowen have had it on a string in recent weeks and the North Queenslanders are in red-hot form. This should be an awesome battle up front with two of the game's biggest and most ferocious packs going head-to-head.
Key: Can Manly skipper Lyon get himself on the park? The veteran centre is one of the best players in the game and whether or not the Sea Eagles have him working his magic on the right edge could be the difference between victory and defeat for the defending premiers.
SEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua, Dean Whare, Jamie Lyon, Michael Oldfield, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason King, Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Tony Williams, Glenn Stewart. Interchange: Jamie Buhrer, Joe Galuvao, Darcy Lussick, Vic Mauro, George Rose (one to be omitted).
COWBOYS: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Johnathan Thurston, Michael Morgan, Matthew Scott, James Segeyaro, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Glenn Hall, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: Jason Taumalolo, Ashton Sims, Scott Bolton, Anthony Mitchell, Joel Riethmuller (one to be omitted).