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Newcastle Knights v Sydney Roosters Tips

Both outfits have been hit hard by injuries to key playmakers, none more so than the Roosters. Despite that, the Roosters have found ways to keep on winning and are tipped to do so once again at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Knights have had a very kind draw to start the year, playing five teams who failed the reach the finals in 2020 across the first five rounds. They only mustered up two victories and face a tough ask against the flying Roosters.

  • Sydney Roosters are ranked 3rd in attack and equal 3rd in defence.
  • Sydney Roosters have won 10 of their last 12 games against the Newcastle Knights.
  • Sydney Roosters have scored 90 points against the Newcastle Knights in their last 2 clashes.
  • Of the 26 games played between these two sides at McDonald Jones Stadium, 17 have ended with a margin of 10 points or more.


There have been 55 games between the Knights and Roosters, with Sydney recording 33 wins to Newcastle’s 20. A further two games have been drawn.

At McDonald Jones Stadium, these sides have met 26 times, with the Roosters still leading the way with 14 victories to the Knights' 10. Two other matches were draws.

The Roosters have won 10 of their last 12 games against the Knights.

Newcastle Knights Form

Newcastle opened their season with back-to-back victories over the Canterbury Bulldogs and the New Zealand Warriors. 

They then lost to the Tigers - Wests' only win of the year so far, St George Illawarra Dragons and Gold Coast Titans, before a last minute try by the returning Kalyn Ponga gave the Knights a much needed third win against the Cronulla Sharks in Round 6. 

Last weekend, the Knights were outclassed by the unbeaten ladder leaders Penrith Panthers 24-6.

Newcastle Knights Team News

The Knights have a sizeable chunk of their roster out injured at present, meaning there are no changes to the 17 that took on Penrith last weekend.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon could well play this weekend, be it in the NSW Cup competition or from the bench for the Knights. 

Edrick Lee and Hymel Hunt are both expected to be available next weekend, with Tex Hoy is expected back from injury the week after.

Bailey Hodgson is out until Round 13 and Mitchell Pearce could be absent until Round 16 with his pec injury. Dom Young and Chris Randall are facing even longer spells on the sidelines.

Newcastle Knights Team List

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

Sydney Roosters Form

The Roosters opened the season with two big wins as they beat Manly Sea Eagles 46-4 then the Wests Tigers 40-6. 

Sydney went down to long-time rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 3 as they lost 26-16 in a game where the Roosters lost both of their halves to injury.

They bounced back with wins over the New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla Sharks, before being outclassed by reigning premiers Melbourne Storm in Round 6.

Last weekend, the Roosters beat the St George Illawarra Dragons 34-10, but lost star fullback James Tedesco to concussion in the process.

Sydney Roosters Team News

James Tedesco has been named to play this weekend, but is expected to miss this clash to ensure he has recovered from his concussion. 

Joseph Manu is expected to shift to fullback and Matt Ikuvalu to move into the three-quarter line.

Siosiua Taukeiaho is expected to be right to play this weekend. He has been named on the bench, pushing Fletcher Baker out of the 17.

Sam Verrills is named to start at hooker, with Ben Marschke dropping to the bench.

Lachlan Lam is expected back next week, while Freddy Lussick is expected to return in Round 13, around the same time that Billy Smith should be injury free.

Club captain Jake Friend retired after one game this year due to injuries. His deputy Boyd Cordner still has not returned from a head knock, while Luke Keary is out for the season.

Sydney Roosters Team List

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Sam Verrills 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Ben Marschke 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 18. Fletcher Baker 19. Matt Ikuvalu 20. Egan Butcher 21. Joseph Suaalii

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When is Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters taking place?

The match is being played at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday, May 1.



While the loss of James Tedesco is going to hurt the Roosters, his place will be filled more than capably by Joseph Manu. With the Knights also struggling with injuries, it is hard to see the Roosters losing this one. The Knights defence has been average all year, so a Roosters win 13+ could be high on the cards.

Best Bet: Roosters -5.5 Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Roosters by 13+ Winning Margin @200.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit

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