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New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights Predictions & Tips - Knights to edge a high-scoring game

  • New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights predictions for Friday’s NRL Round 2 match
  • The game is being played at Central Coast Stadium (7.00am GMT)
  • Newcastle Knights have seen over at least 42 points in their last 7 matches
  • I'm tipping the Knights to come out on top
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Freetips staff 18 Mar 2021
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New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights Predictions


The Warriors and the Knights have traded wins for the last their last six clashes. In 32 of the 43 games played between these sides, at least 40 points have been scored in the match and a high-scoring affair is predicted.

  • New Zealand Warriors have seen over 39.5 points scored in 32 of their last 43 matches against Newcastle Knights.
  • Newcastle Knights won 32-16 against Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 1.
  • Newcastle Knights have seen over 41.5 points in their last 7 matches.
  • Newcastle Knights have conceded an average of 29 points per game in their last 7 matches.

Head-to-Head


There have been 43 games between these teams, the Warriors recording 22 wins to the Knights' 20 while one game has been drawn.

The Warriors have the wood on the Knights in recent times, winning seven of their last 10 clashes. This will be the first time these sides meet at Central Coast Stadium.

New Zealand Warriors Form


The Warriors ended 2020 in much better form than they started it, and began their 2021 campaign with a draw against the greatly improved Gold Coast Titans in their trial. 

Last weekend in Round 1, the Warriors produced arguably the upset of the opening round, when they humbled the Titans with a convincing 19-6 victory.

The Warriors kept Gold Coast pointless for 74 minutes at Central Coast Stadium.

New Zealand Warriors Team News


Euan Aitken injured his ankle last week is expected to be out for at least eight weeks. He will be replaced in the centres by Adam Pompey. 

The rest of their line-up remains unchanged from the side that beat the Titans.

New Zealand Warriors Team List


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu'a 3. Adam Pompey 4. Peta Hiku 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Bunty Afoa 18. Marcelo Montoya 20. Sean O’Sullivan 21. Tom Ale 22. Jack Murchie

Newcastle Knights Form


The Knights' season petered away meekly at the end of 2020, however it did see them return to the finals for the first time in seven years. 

In the pre-season they were outclassed by the Melbourne Storm 30-10.

They opened their 2021 campaign against a Canterbury Bulldogs side that, for the past few seasons, has been notoriously bad at scoring points. 

The Knights lead by eight points at halftime, before doubling the margin at fulltime in a 32-16 victory. The win was more impressive given it was achieved without superstar Kalyn Ponga.

Newcastle Knights Team News


Connor Watson is named at lock and Sauaso Sue moves to the bench after the two swapped places prior to kick-off last weekend. 

Other than that, there are no other changes to the Knights side that beat the Dogs in Round 1.

Kalyn Ponga and Blake Green are still both unavailable.

Newcastle Knights Team List


1. Tex Hoy 2. Starford To'a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Phoenix Crossland 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Dominic Young 21. Gehamat Shibasaki

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Verdict

The Warriors were very strong last week against an improved Titans outfit. The Knights attack was functioning well against a weak opponent, this game could see plenty of points scored with the Knights prevailing by a close margin.

Best Bet: Over 38.5 Points Total Points @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Knights Win Match Result @-109.89 at Unibet - 2 Units
Megabet: Knights by 1-12 Winning Margin @210.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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