Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Knights looking to snap five-match losing streak

Andrew Hendrie 26 Apr 2019
  • Newcastle Knights face Parramatta Eels in Round 7 of the NRL on Sunday
  • Knights have won the last three games between the teams
Knights host Eels on Sunday (PA Images)

Newcastle Knights attempt to snap a five-match losing streak when they play host to the Parramatta Eels to conclude NRL Round 7 action on Sunday.

Knights vs Eels kicks off at 4.00pm AEST at McDonald Jones Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


It’s been a nightmare start to the season for the Knights as they look to return to the winners circle against a confident Eels outfit on Sunday afternoon in the Hunter.

Much was expected of the Knights this season as many predicted them to make the top eight, but after an opening round win over Cronulla, they’ve lost five games on the bounce and are already facing an uphill battle to make the finals.

Nathan Brown is under immense pressure and will be relying on his senior players like Mitchell Pearce and David Klemmer, along with Kalyn Ponga, to stand up and lead the way for Newcastle.

The Knights hit a new low last week when they were embarrassed 38-14 by the Titans - can they bounce back and restore some pride in front of their home fans?

There’s no such drama for Parramatta, with Brad Arthur’s side christening the opening of Bankwest Stadium with a rampaging 51-6 rout of the Tigers on Easter Monday.

Mitchell Moses was the star for the Eels, scoring the first try and kicking the first conversion and field goal at the new stadium, which was filled to capacity with 30,000 spectators.

However, the challenge for the Eels is to back that victory up after the euphoria has died down. It will be a very different atmosphere in Newcastle on Sunday - are they up to the challenge?

Newcastle have actually won the last three meetings between the teams, and if they can adopt a better attitude and play for their coach on Sunday, I think they can win again. As mentioned, backing up big wins and occasions the following week when the adrenaline has slowed down can be tough, and I don’t think Parramatta are a top-tier team playing well enough to do that. This game is there for the taking if Newcastle want it enough.

Match Odds


Parramatta Eels - $1.70
Newcastle Knights - $2.15

Stats


  • Newcastle have won their last three meetings
  • Parramatta’s last win in the Hunter came in 2016
  • Two of Newcastle’s last three wins have been by 19 points or more

Teams


Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Connor Watson 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Danny Levi 10. James Gavet 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Tim Glasby 14. Jamie Buhrer 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Daniel Saifiti 17. Josh King 18. Mason Lino 19. Tautau Moga 20. Sione Mata’utia 21. Pasami Saulo

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Tepai Moeroa 14. Peni Terepo 15. Tim Mannah 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Ray Stone 18. Manu Ma’u 19. Kane Evans 20. Josh Hoffman 21. George Jennings

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