Newcastle Knights – $1.48 at Bet365
Wests Tigers – $2.65
Both the Newcastle Knights and Wests Tigers are hoping to turn things around on Friday night.
The Knights have slipped to eighth place after four losses in five games, the last of which was a 48-10 mauling at the hands of the Sydney Roosters.
With several teams threatening to climb up from the bottom half, Nathan Brown’s men cannot afford any more disasters in the run home.
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Among those looking to rise up are Wests, but their form lines are less than promising ahead of Robbie Farah’s 300th game.
After falling to Canberra last time out, the Tigers have now lost three games in a row – and six of their last eight – to slide to 12th on the NRL ladder.
Something needs to change ASAP if the 2005 premiers are to keep pace with the likes of the Brisbane Broncos and the NZ Warriors in the race for finals.
Newcastle Knights Round 19 team news
The Knights are sticking fat with the 17 that fell flat against the Chooks last week. Aidan Guerra, Josh King, Mason Lino and Jacob Saifiti are named in the reserves.
Wests Tigers Round 19 team news
Corey Thompson returns at fullback, pushing Moses Mbye to centre and Michael Chee Kam to the second row. Oliver Clark and Luke Garner are slated to start, with Chris Lawrence and Alex Twal on the interchange. Matt Eisenhuth is listed among the emergencies and Elijah Taylor drops out of the squad.
Out: Matthew Eisenhuth (reserves), Elijah Taylor (omitted)
In: Oliver Clark, Corey Thompson
Knights vs Tigers tryscorer tips
Hymel Hunt – The Kiwi is having a good year, but his scoring has slowed since moving to the wing a few weeks ago. He will want to rectify that, so look for Hunt to stretch the Wests defence early in the game.
David Nofoaluma – While the Tigers may be struggling a bit, there is not much wrong with Nofoaluma’s form. He has scored three tries and his last two starts and needs to improve that tally if Wests are to win on the road.
Knights vs Tigers NRL stats and trends
- Tigers halfback Luke Brooks leads the NRL for line engagements with 140
- Knights no.7 Mitchell Pearce ranks second in that stat on 121
- Both these teams have lost each of their last three games
- Wests’ match odds at Sportsbet have firmed from $2.78 into $2.60
Knights vs Tigers NRL Round 19 predictions
Newcastle lost their mojo when Kalyn Ponga went down a few weeks ago, but the Queensland fullback made his return last week and will want to stamp his authority on this contest. The Knights will be eager to please their loyal fans after a couple of home losses and should get the job done.
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