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Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights Predictions & Tips - Points predicted in Magic Round opener

  • Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights predictions for Friday's NRL Round 10 match
  • The match is being played at Suncorp Stadium (9.00am BST)
  • Wests have covered the line in 4 of their last 6 matches against the Knights
  • A high scoring game is tipped with 41+ points in the last 8 matches between these two sides
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Newcastle Knights and Wests Tigers kick off Magic Round (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 13 May 2021
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Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights Predictions


Wests and the Knights get Magic Round underway. There was a lot to like about Newcastle's second-half comeback last week, but neither team have been trustworthy of late.

Points are the way to play this game with over 43.5 predicted, while Wests are tipped to win given their record in this matchup and with the Knights losing Kalyn Ponga.

  • Wests Tigers have lost 10 of their last 12 matches.
  • Wests Tigers have seen 44+ points in 6 of their last 8 matches.
  • Wests Tigers have won 6 of their last 9 matches against Newcastle Knights.
  • Wests Tigers have covered the line in 4 of their last 6 matches against Newcastle Knights.
  • Wests Tigers have seen 41+ points in their last 8 matches against Newcastle Knights.
  • Newcastle Knights have lost 5 of their last 7 matches.
  • Newcastle Knights have seen 40+ points in 4 of their last 5 matches.

Head to Head


Wests have had the better of the Knights in recent times, winning six of the last nine matches between the sides.

They have already met once this season with the Tigers running out 24-20 winners in Newcastle in Round 3.

Wests Tigers Form


Wests Tigers slipped to a seventh defeat of the season when going down 36-28 at home to the Gold Coast Titans last weekend.

The Tigers had ended a four-match losing run in Round 8 when getting the better of St George Illawarra Dragons 16-8.

But Michael Maguire's side were slow out of the blocks against the Titans. They trailed 18-0 after 13 minutes and never recovered.

Wests have also lost to Parramatta Eels, North Queenland Cowboys, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles in their last six games.

Wests Tigers Team News


Winger Tommy Talau returns from suspension in place of rookie Zac Cini, while Wests have made a number of role changes in the heart of the side.

Adam Doueihi moves to centre, Moses Mbye is named at five-eighth and Jacob Liddle returns to the side in the hooker role.

Jake Simpkin drops down to the reserves to make space for Liddle.

Shawn Blore and Jock Madden come onto the interchange, pushing Stefano Utoikamanu down to the reserves.

Wests Tigers Team List


1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Adam Doueihi 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Tommy Talau 6. Moses Mbye 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Jock Madden 15. Shawn Blore 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Thomas Mikaele 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Jake Simpkin 20. Stefano Utoikamanu 21. Tom Amone

Newcastle Knights Form


Newcastle Knights gained a much needed victory in Wagga Wagga last week as they came from behind to defeat the Canberra Raiders 24-16 in Round 9.

The Knights trailed 16-0 at half-time, but produced a turnaround after the break to score 24 unanswered points and claim victory.

It was a welcome win having lost five of their previous six games.

The Knights went down to Wests Tigers, St George Illawarra Dragons, Gold Coast Titans and Penrith Panthers. A win over Cronulla Sharks was sandwiched in between.

Newcastle Knights Team News


The Knights were set to be unchanged from last week's win over the Raiders, but they lost fullback Kayln Ponga to a groin injury. Tex Hoy comes into the side in the number one jersey.

Starford To'a retains his place on wing after being a late called up for Hymel Hunt, who is among the reserves this week after pulling out with a hamstring injury.

The Knights have named Brayden Musgrove, but he will have to prove his fitness after a rib injury suffered against Canberra last week.

Newcastle Knights Team Lists


1. Tex Hoy 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Brayden Musgrove 6. Kurt Mann 7. Phoenix Crossland 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Connor Watson 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Brodie Jones 18. Hymel Hunt 19. Josh King 21. Simi Sasagi

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Verdict

Wests have a good record against the Knights and are tipped to win following Newcastle's loss of star fullback Kalyn Ponga to injury. Tigers have been involved in some high-scoring games, making over 43.5 points the best bet.

Best Bet: Over 43.5 Points Total Points @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Wests Tigers To Win @115.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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