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Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights Predictions & Tips - Roosters to continue Knights record

  • Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights tips for Friday's NRL Round 19 match
  • The match is being played at Sunshine Coast Stadium (9.00am BST)
  • The Roosters have won 9 of their last 10 games against the Knights
  • Sydney are tipped to cover the line and make it 4 straight victories
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gary Emmerson 21 Jul 2021
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Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights Predictions


The Roosters have dominated this matchup. The last three have seen winning margins of at least 30 points, and more of the same is tipped.

  • Sydney Roosters have won their last 2 matches.
  • Sydney Roosters have won 9 of their last 10 games against the Newcastle Knights.
  • Sydney Roosters have won their last 3 matches against Newcastle Knights by an average margin of 34 points
  • Sydney Roosters have scored 128 points against the Newcastle Knights in their last 3 matches.
  • Newcastle Knights have lost their last 4 away matches.

Head to Head


The Roosters lead the head to head 34-20 against Knights with two drawn games.

Sydney have had a dominant spell, winning 11 of their last 13 games against the Knights. They have won three straight including a 38-4 win in Round 8 this season.

Sydney Roosters Form


The Roosters followed a hard fought 22-16 win over the last placed Canterbury Bulldogs with another victory last weekend over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.

Sydney ran out 34-18 winners over the Cowboys to remain fifth on the ladder, although they needed three tries in the final 11 minutes to put the game to bed.

The two wins came on the back of successive losses that dropped the Roosters out of the top four.

The back-to-back losses did, however, come against ladder leaders Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm. 

Sydney Roosters Team News


James Tedesco returns after being given last weekend off following his State of Origin exertions.

He slots back into his fullback role with Joseph Manu moving back into the centre alongside Billy Smith.

Josh Morris is pushed down to the reserves, with Ben Thomas added to the extended squad.

Siosiua Taukeiaho has been named on the bench in place of Fletcher Baker after recovering from a hamstring injury. 

Sydney Roosters Team List


1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Billy Smith, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Matt Ikuvalu, 6. Drew Hutchison, 7. Sam Walker, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Sam Verrills, 10. Isaac Liu, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Victor Radley, 14. Lachlan Lam, 15. Nat Butcher, 16. Egan Butcher, 17. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 18. Adam Keighran, 19. Fletcher Baker, 20. Josh Morris, 21. Ben Thomas

Newcastle Knights Form


Newcastle's two-game winning run came to end emphatically last week as they were beaten 48-4 by ladder leaders Melbourne Storm.

It was the heaviest defeat of the season for the Knights as they struggled defensively to contain the rampant Storm.

Adam O'Brien’s side had raised hopes of a run to the finals when winning two in a row for the first time since the opening two rounds of the season.

They won 10-6 against the New Zealand Warriors before recording their biggest win of the season with a 36-0 demolition of the North Queensland Cowboys.

Newcastle Knights Team News


Kalyn Ponga and David Klemmer have been named but will need to come through concussion protocol tests to line-up.

Jacob and Daniel Saifiti also face late fitness tests on ankle and rib injuries having been selected to start.

Connor Watson has been given the lock role, but Sauaso Sue is back from a hamstring injury and could be a late switch from the interchange.

Simi Sasagi has been added to the reserves.

Newcastle Knights Team List


1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Dominic Young, ​3. Kurt Mann, 4. Enari Tuala, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Jake Clifford, 7. Phoenix Crossland, 8. Jacob Saifiti, 9. Jayden Brailey, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. ​Tyson Frizell, 12. Mitchell Barnett, 13. Connor Watson, 14. Sauaso Sue, 15. David Klemmer, 16. Josh King, 17. Brodie Jones, 18. Jack Johns, 19. Simi Sasagi, 20. Tex Hoy, 21. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

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Verdict

The Knights have a poor record against the Roosters, who have won the last three in a row by 30 or more point margins. 

The Tricolour are tipped to continue that run by covering the handicap of -11.5. An alternative handicap of -24 is not beyond them either.

Best Bet: Roosters -11.5 Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Roosters -24 Alternative Handicap @300.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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