We take a look at Friday’s (26/07/2019) NRL 2019 Week 19 match is between Newcastle Knights and the Wests Tigers. The Newcastle Knights go into the match as favourites and the early betting suggests they will be well backed this weekend.
When: Friday July 26, 6:00pm
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
Newcastle and Wests both find themselves on three game losing streaks as they meet in Newcastle on Friday night. The Knights were on the cusp of the top four before losses to the Warriors, Dogs and Roosters has them down in eighth spot.
The hot and cold Tigers have had a tough draw, with losses to the Roosters, Eels and Raiders, although all by 12 points or less.
Newcastle has named the same team that was flogged by the Chooks 48-10 in round 18. The Tigers changes come in the backline, with Corey Thompson back at fullback and Moses Mbye shifting to centre.
The Tigers have been one of the best at covering the handicap this season at 10-7 and have a 5-3 mark on the road. Newcastle is even at 4-4 at home, although they have failed to cover in their past 2 home games.
Robbie Farah’s 300th game should lift the Tigers, but they failed to deliver the points in Benji Marshall’s milestone two weeks ago and they have been outplayed in the first half of their last two games. The Wolf expects Newcastle to bounce back from some recent flat performances and put on a show at home.
Tip: Wests Tigers at $2.65
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Paul Momirovski at $11.00
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Hymel Hunt 3. Tautau Moga 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Danny Levi 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Mitchell Barnett 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Tim Glasby 14. Connor Watson 15. James Gavet 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Jamie Buhrer 18. Jacob Saifiti 20. Mason Lino
Players cut: 19. Josh King 21. Aidan Guerra
Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Paul Momirovski 3. Moses Mbye 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Robbie Farah 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Michael Chee-Kam 13. Ryan Matterson 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Alex Twal 17. Chris Lawrence 18. Matt Eisenhuth 19. Tommy Talau 20. Chris McQueen
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change