2021 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Friday 23rd July, 2021 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Smith, Manu, Ikuvalu, Hutchison, Walker, Waerea-Hargreaves, Verrills, Liu, Crichton, Tupouniua, Radley – Interchanges: Lam, N. Butcher, E. Butcher, Baker – Reserves: Keighran, Thomas

Unavailable: Luke Keary (Injured), Lindsay Collins (Injured), Joseph Suaalii (Injured), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Injured)

  • Sydney Roosters made it back-to-back wins in the NRL thanks to overcoming North Queensland Cowboys last week, largely thanks to an impressive second half showing.
  • The Roosters will now look to make it three straight wins in order to keep their top four hopes alive and they will be boosted by the return of influential fullback James Tedesco after he was rested last week.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, Young, Mann, Tuala, Hunt, Clifford, Crossland, J. Saifiti, Brailey, D. Saifiti, Frizell, Barnett, Watson – Interchanges: Sue, King, Jones, Johns – Reserves: Hoy, Momoisea

Unavailable: Edrick Lee (Injured), Pasami Saulo (Injured), Bradman Best (Injured), Mitchell Pearce (Injured), David Klemmer (Injured)

  • Newcastle Knights were unable to extend their winning run to three matches after being blown away by Melbourne Storm last week with that result harming their chances of making the top eight.
  • The Knights went down 48-4 in that contest with the absence of Mitchell Pearce evident and with the halfback missing once again here, it could be a big ask for Newcastle to return to winning ways.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Roosters are still hanging on in the race to make the top four after recording a second successive victory last time out and a third win in a row is on the cards for them here. They have won their last three matches against Newcastle Knights and with their opponents missing key man Mitchell Pearce, the Tricolours will be confident of success. The Knights have struggled to create without Pearce in their side and after a big loss to Melbourne Storm last week, another defeat by at least a 12-point margin is likely here.

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