The North Queensland Cowboys will be looking to snap out of the funk they’ve been in the last few weeks when they host the visiting Newcastle Knights on Saturday. With the Knights now in second place in the standings and looking to stay with their championship hopefuls at the top of the rankings and the Cowboys completely desperate, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NRL betting odds in this affair.
NRL Knights Vs Cowboys Round 7
Why Bet On The Cowboys
North Queensland is sitting in 10th place inn the NRL standings with four points. The Cowboys have scored 143 points this season while allowing 149 defensively (-6). North Queensland has gone 1-2 at home and on the road this season. Cowboys have suffered three consecutive losses and come into this matchup off a humbling 36-20 road loss against the Wests Tigers on Saturday. Kyle Feldt scored a pair of tries while Scott Drinkwater and Esan Marsters added scoring tries of their own. Feldt added a conversion and Jake Clifford added a penalty goal, but it wasn’t enough as North Queensland gave up six tries and five conversions in the loss. For this matchup, Reuben Cotter replaces Corey Jensen on the interchange. Jordan McLean could be back in the lineup after dealing with a calf injury. The Cowboys have also won four of their past five matches against the Knights but they also got blown out of the water in the first half last week as they entered the break down 34-0 against the Tigers before staging a meaningless second half rally.
Why Bet On Knights
The Knights are sitting in second place in the NRL standings with nine points. Newcastle has scored 149 points this season while allowing 88 points defensively (+61). The Knights have gone 2-1 at home and 2-0 on the road this season. Newcastle rebounded from their round 5 home loss against Melbourne by beating Brisbane 27-6 on Thursday. Kurt Mann, Hymel Hunt, Daniel Saifiti and Mitchell Pearce all scored tries while Kalyn Ponga went 4-for-4 on conversions. Ponga added a penalty goal in the win while Mitchell Pearce added a field goal.
Bradman Best has been ruled out after inadvertently breaching the NRL’s COVID-19 protocols. The NRL loosened restrictions on players last Sunday to enable them to seek permission to visit family members outside their bubble but Best did not follow the process correctly. He’s replaced by Enari Tuala at center. Knights second-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon has scored three tries in three games against the Cowboys.
General Match Info Newcastle Knights (4-1-1) vs. North Queensland Cowboys (2-0-4)
- When: Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM AEST
- Where: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
- Knights Vs Cowboys Live: Nine/Fox Sports
- Money Lines: Cowboys win +220 / Knights win -285
Expert Analysis and Prediction
North Queensland might be playing at home and they might be desperate for a win, but they’ve been almost completely inept defensively this season. Newcastle has a lot riding on the line as they look to pick up their fifth win in seven games and North Queensland has a losing record at home. The Cowboys will put up a fight in this one, but in the end, they’ll come up short of getting the big home win. After picking up a convincing 42-6 win the last time they met, Newcastle gets it done again!
Pick: Knights 28 Cowboys 18
Telstra Premiership 2020 Round 7 Matches
- Rabbitohs vs Panthers – Thursday 25th June, 05:50 AM | Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
- Dragons vs Roosters – Friday 26th June, 05:55 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Titans vs Broncos – Saturday 27th June, 03:30 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Warriors vs Storm – Friday 26th June, 04:00 AM | Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
- Raiders vs Eels – Saturday 27th June, 05:35 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Sharks vs Sea Eagles – Sunday 28tht June, 02:05 AM | Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
- Wests Tigers vs Bulldogs – Sunday 28th June, 04:30 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney