Welcome to our Newcastle v Manly-Warringah match preview, prediction and odds update for their NRL clash at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, on Sunday, May 30.
The Sea Eagles have won six of their past seven matches with their only loss coming against the unbeaten Penrith, and even then the 28-16 loss was one of the best workouts the Panthers have been given of late.
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The Knights won both meetings between these teams in 2020 but they were both cliffhangers. They won the first meeting in round eight at Lottoland 14-12, then they prevailed 26-24 in round 14 at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Newcastle have had a largely disappointing season and are languishing in 13th place on the table. They need a win in a match like this to start some sort of revival in the second half of the season.
Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles are Turbo-charged as the return of attacking dynamo Tom Trbojevic has helped them turned around a slow start to the season. A victory here would keep them hot on the heels of the fifth-placed Roosters and not too far off a spot in the top four.
Knights v Sea Eagles team news for round 12
The Knights named superstar Kalyn Ponga earlier in the week but he has been ruled out because of the groin injury that has troubled him this season, with Tex Hoy in the frame to replace him at fullback. Ponga is also under an injury cloud for the first Origin match.
Veteran Knights playmaker Blake Green announced his retirement midweek, with Kurt Mann and Phoenix Crossland to take over the halves duties.
There is one positive with boom centre Bradman Best returning after a hamstring problem.
Manly regain Curtis Sironen, who has recovered from a knee problem, but also have lost second-rower Haumole Olakau’atu to a hand injury.
Knights v Sea Eagles
Kick-off: 4.05pm local time
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Head to head odds: Newcastle $5, Manly $1.19
Line: Newcastle (+13.5 points) $1.90, Manly (-13.5 points) $1.90
Match total: 51.5 points: over $1.85, under $1.95
Knights v Sea Eagles free betting tips
Our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for Sunday’s game.
Knights +14.5 points/match total under 50.5
The Knights are down on troops and confidence but with their season slipping away they can surely find something extra on their home turf. They really need to step up the defensive intensity against a good opponent and we think they can do that.
Jason Saab to score 2+ tries
This option is available at TopSport. Saab has really caught fire in the past month or so and there is no quicker player in the game. We would love to see a match race between the Sea Eagles speed demon and the Storm’s Josh “the Fox” Addo-Carr. Regardless Saab is the man to cash in on the manly line breaks made by Tom Trbojevic and Reuben Garrick.
Newcastle Knights v Manly Sea Eagles prediction 30-5-2021
We expect this match to be a little closer than the betting sites believe, with the Knights circling the wagons after a poor first half of the season. Confidence is a powerful force in this game and at the moment the Sea Eagles players have plenty but we are not yet sold on them being a serious contender this season. We expect the Knights to put up plenty of resistance under a good coach in Adam O’Brien. Still, the Knights are missing some of their greatest attacking weapons so might not have the firepower to cause an upset here. Our Knights v Sea Eagles prediction: Sea Eagles to win by 4 points.
Knights v Sea Eagles lowdown
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The match kicks off at 4.05pm AEST
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