NRL Round 25 – Match 4 Betting Preview: Newcastle Knights v St George Illawarra Dragons

On Saturday night the long-shot team to make the finals play the hot premiership favourites when the Knights host the Dragons at Energy Australia Stadium in front of a sure to be sold out crowd for ‘Old Boys Day’.

Mathematically there is still a dim chance for Newcastle to finish in the top eight, Ladbrokes.com.au paying $15 for them to do so, but they will need to win this, their next and have nearly every other game go their way.

Still, at home and looking to put a dent in the Dragons armour, the Knights still look a danger here especially after their huge confidence boosting 44 – 18 win over the Broncos last week.

St George, now just two competition points clear of the Titans at the top of the ladder, continued their dismal record against the Green Machine last week when losing to the Raiders.

It has been a long time since these two played each other, they last met back in Round 6 last season when the Knights won.

The Dragons will start the favourites, currently at $1.60 to win through Ladbrokes.com.au, but at $2.40 Newcastle represent excellent value and can claim an upset win here at juicy odds.

Helping St George’s cause is the return of rep star Beau Scott (Jeremy Smith a late withdrawal after also being named to return), but Newcastle are in good form have Mullen back and plenty of points via weapons like Uate and Vuna.

On paper St George should win this and although it will be close, we fancy the underdogs and are backing Newcastle to claim their first victory against the Dragons here from their past six.

Footy Tip of the Match – Cooper Vuna to score the Knights first try at $5.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au

Current Head-to-Head Odds:

Knights $2.40 – Dragons $1.60  Ladbrokes.com.au

NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:

After posting four tries against the Broncos last week we expect another razzle-dazzle performance by winger Cooper Vuna and are backing him to be the Knights first tryscorer at $5.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Round 25 Knights Team:

1. Shannon McDonnell 2. Akuila Uate 3. Junior Sa’u 4. Adam MacDougall 5. Cooper Vuna 6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Kurt Gidley 8. Ben Cross 9. Isaac De Gois 10. Antonio Kaufusi 11. Zeb Taia 12. Con Mika 13. Matt Hilder

Bench: 14. Wes Naiqama 15. Dan Tolar 16. Richie Fa’aoso 17. Mark Taufua

Round 25 Dragons Team:

1. Darius Boyd 2. Brett Morris 3. Mark Gasnier 4. Matt Cooper 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Jamie Soward 7. Ben Hornby 8. Neville Costigan 9. Dean Young 10. Michael Weyman 11. Beau Scott 12. Ben Creagh 13. Jeremy Smith

Bench: 14. Nathan Fien 15. Trent Merrin 16. Matt Prior 17. Jarrod Saffy

Reserves: 18. Nick Emmett 21. Luke Priddis