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  • Canberra Raiders have seen 45+ points in their last 3 matches
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Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights Tips

Two sides in desperate need for a win clash on neutral territory in Wagga Wagga. With matching 3-5 records for the season, it is a crucial game for the finals aspirations of both.

The Raiders have been the better of the two sides of late, despite their losing run. Canberra are tipped to cover a -5.5 handicap and another points-fest is predicted on Saturday.

  • Canberra Raiders have lost their last 4 matches.
  • Canberra Raiders have seen 45+ points in their last 3 matches.
  • Canberra Raiders have conceded 26+ points in 4 of their last 5 matches.
  • Canberra Raiders have seen over the match total hit in 8 of their last 9 matches against Newcastle Knights.
  • There has been 46+ points in 11 of the last 12 matches between Canberra Raiders and Newcastle Knights.
  • There has been 52+ points in 7 of the last 8 matches between Canberra Raiders and Newcastle Knights.
  • Newcastle Knights have lost 5 of their last 6 matches.
  • Newcastle Knights have lost 3 of their last 4 matches by 18+ points.
  • Newcastle Knights have seen 42+ points in 3 of their last 4 matches.

Head to Head

There hasn't been a lot to split these two sides with the last seven meetings shared with three wins each and one draw.

The Knights have won two of the last three clashes, including a comprehensive 34-16 win over the Raiders in last year's only meeting.

Canberra Raiders Form

Canberra Raiders have lost four in a row after a 14-point loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs at home last weekend.

It was a third straight defeat at GIO Stadium, which has previously been a fortress, as they lost 34-20 to Souths.

Ricky Stuart's side were beaten 30-10 by ladder leaders the Penrith Panthers in Round 5 and 35-10 by Parramatta Eels in Round 6.

The Raiders then blew a 24-6 first-half lead when going down 26-24 defeat to the North Queensland Cowboys two weeks ago.

Canberra Raiders Team News

George Williams returns in the halves after missing last week's game following a warm-up injury.

Josh Papali'i comes back into the side in the back row after being rested last week, pushing Ryan James down to the reserves.

Sebastian Kris has been named to start for Canberra but is a doubt.

Josh Hodgson is still out and has stepped down as co-captain, while a shoulder injury keeps Jarrod Croker on the sidelines.

Canberra Raiders Team List

1. Caleb Aekins 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Hudson Young 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Joseph Tapine 18. Sam Williams 19. Ryan James 20. Matthew Timoko 21. Dunamis Lui

Newcastle Knights Form

The Knights have lost five of their last six following last week's 34-point defeat to the Sydney Roosters in Newcastle.

Newcastle mustered up just four points in another sorry display as they were beaten 38-4 by the Roosters.

The Knights have gone down to Wests Tigers, St George Illawarra Dragons, Gold Coast Titans and Penrith Panthers in their recent poor run.

A Round 6 win over Cronulla Sharks is the only highlight of the last six weeks.

Newcastle Knights Team News

The Knights have named youngster Phoenix Crossland at halfback for only his second career start, with Blake Green ruled out through injury.

Newcastle do welcome back Hymel Hunt on the wing with Starford To'a dropping to reserves.

The game comes too early for Edrick Lee, who is not quite ready for a return to action.

Tex Hoy is named among the reserves on his return from injury, but Bailey Hodgson, Mitchell Pearce, Dom Young and Chris Randall are still missing.

Newcastle Knights Team List

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Brayden Musgrove 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Phoenix Crossland 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. Brodie Jones 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 19. Starford To’a 20. Josh King 21. Tex Hoy

Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights FAQs

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When is Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights being played?

The match is being played at McDonalds Park in Wagga Wagga on Saturday, May 8.



The Knights are in a world of trouble. The Raiders won't get a better chance to end their own losing run. Canberra are tipped to cover a -5.5 handicap in a high-scoring game.

Best Bet: Over 43.5 Points Total Points @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Raiders -5.5 Handicap @-109.89 at Caesars (Sport) - 2 Units

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