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Knights vs Eels Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Can Newcastle cause an upset at home?

  • Newcastle has not lost to Parramatta at home since 2016
  • The Knights have won four of the last five matches against the Eels
  • A win for the Knights could move them within one point of top spot on the ladder
  • The Knights score the first try in 60 per cent of their matches
  • Find out who we're tipping below!
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Kalyn Ponga will be a key player on Sunday (Getty)
Bets.com.au Staff 10 Jul 2020
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A top-four battle completes round nine of the 2020 NRL season with the Knights hosting the Eels at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Both teams come into this match off the back of impressive wins and this contest looms as an early finals preview for two teams that have been starved of success in recent years.

Who will come out on top in this top-four showdown?

Knights Form & Team News


The Newcastle Knights gripped on for a stunning win last week against the Sea Eagles in a match that was full of controversy. Manly was denied a penalty try late in the match that would have secured the win, with Newcastle clinging on to a two point victory.

Winger Edrick Lee will miss with a broken arm, with Tex Hoy set to start in his place. Sione Mata'utia is out due to a head knock suffered against Manly with Aidan Guerra starting in the back row. Star Toa and Brodie Jones join the interchange.

The Newcastle Knights team for Sunday can be found below:

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Tex Hoy 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Herman Ese’ese 14. Starford To’a 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Brodie Jones 18. Tautau Moga 19. Josh King 20. Phoenix Crossland 21. Connor Watson

Eels Form & Team News

 
The Eels backed up their one point win over the week before with a resounding 38 point win over the Cowboys on Saturday night. Parramatta restricted their opponents to just four points in one of their most complete displays of the season.

Nathan Brown returns from suspension at lock, which moves Marata Niukore to the bench. Stefano Utoikamanu is set to debut off the bench with Ray Stone and Oregon Kaufusi out of the team.

The Parramatta Eels team for Sunday can be found below:

1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Jai Field 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. David Gower 15. Stefano Utoikamanu 16. Marata Niukore 17. Brad Takairangi 18. Daniel Alvaro 19. George Jennings 20. Will Smith 21. Andrew Davey

Knights vs Eels Head to Head


The Knights have had a great run against the Eels in recent years, winning four of the last five matches between the sides.

The Eels have not won at McDonald Jones Stadium since 2016.

Knights vs Eels Betting Odds


Newcastle come into this match as the $2.35 outsiders with the league-leading Eels the favourites at the $1.60 quote.

The line is set at +3.5 in favour of the Knights.

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Knights vs Eels Match Up


David Klemmer vs Reagan Campbell-Gillard is an intriguing match up. 

So far in 2020, this pair have become quite comfortable with being the best forward on the paddock. As well as adding some clever off-loading skills, Klemmer remains one of the game's toughest, and hardest working men on the field, while Campbell-Gillard's forward play could have him in line for State Of Origin honours later in the year.

Knights vs Eels Key Stats


  • Newcastle has not lost to Parramatta at home since 2016
  • Kalyn Ponga has scored a try in his last five matches at home for Newcastle with his team as the underdog
  • The final margins between these two teams across the last three games has been under double figures

Knights vs Eels FAQ

When does the Knights vs Eels match kick off?

The Knights vs Eels match is scheduled to kick off at 4.07pm AEST on Saturday, July 12.

Where is the Knights vs Eels match being played?

The Raiders vs Storm match is scheduled to be played at McDonald Jones Stadium, which is located in Newcastle.

How can I live stream the Knights vs Eels match?

Visit our live streaming page at bets.com.au for information on how you can watch the Knights vs Eels live stream.

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Verdict

We're expecting the run of good form the Knights have had over the Eels to continue on Sunday in what should be a tight contest.

Kalyn Ponga also looms as a good bet to keep his scoring run at home alive, with a good price on offer for the superstar fullback.

Best Bet: Newcastle Knights 1-12 To Win $3.50 at Sportsbet - 10 Units
Value Bet: Kalyn Ponga Anytime Try Scorer $2.80 at Sportsbet - 2 Units

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