Newcastle Knights v Gold Coast Titans: Round 24 Preview

31 August 2019 - Written by BetEasy

A week of off field controversy at Newcastle translated into an on field horror show at Campbelltown, when the Knights were blanked in the first half and down 30-0 at the break, before losing 46-4 to the Tigers and effectively ruling themselves out of finals contention. Coach Nathan Brown stepped down on Tuesday and won’t coach the final two games of the 2019 season.

The side features just one change, with Connor Watson getting the start at hooker for the injured Danny Levi. The Knights play their final home game against the lowly Titans, who are coming off a spirited 24-8 loss to Melbourne.

It has been a miserable season for the Coast, who welcome back Jarrod Wallace at prop, with Jai Arrow sliding to lock. Ash Taylor is named as a reserve. They have won just one of their past 10 matches.

One of Gold Coast’s four season wins came in round 6 against the Knights at Robina, where they won 38-14. The Titans have actually won three of their past four against the Knights, and in their past three visits to the Hunter, have covered the 10-point start on offer in this one, winning one of those three matches straight up.

The Wolf can’t back the Titans to get the two points against anyone at the moment though. Newcastle is rocking after falling away badly late in the season, but they’ll farewell the home faithful with a big win on Saturday.

Wolf Facts

  • The Titans 24-point winning margin (38-14) against the Knights in Round 6 was the Titans biggest winning margin this season.
  • The Knights have had a player sin-binned eight times this season which is three more than any other team.
  • They say a week is a long time in football. Two weeks ago, the Knights won 42-6 against the Cowboys. Last week they lost 4-46 against the Wests Tigers. A 73rd minute try to Aiden Guerra was the only thing that saved the Knights from total humiliation.
H2H: Knights -10 ($1.90)
Value: Kalyn Ponga to score two or more tries ($6)

ERL Prediction

Newcastle Knights for the win

 

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