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NRL: Injuries continue to hamper Knights

Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors are both in desperate need of a win following inconsistent starts to the 2024 NRL campaign.

Both teams started the season with high expectations, but have failed to produce the goods and find themselves way down the ladder.

The Knights sit 14th on the ladder and are priced at 6.00 to make the top eight, while the Warriors in 13th are 1.90 to do the same and play finals.

The Warriors were tipped to contend for the premiership this season, but there will have to be a big turnaround if they are to do that - they are currently 26.00 to win the grand final.

It is a massive game for both sides, but injuries have also taken their toll and a number of key players will be missing.

. What: Newcastle Knights v New Zealand Warriors
. Where: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
. When: 15:00, Sunday 5th May 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Newcastle Knights 2.40, New Zealand Warriors 1.58

Knights target back-to-back wins

Newcastle have yet to win two games on the spin this season, but will get another chance to do so on Sunday afternoon.

After suffering back-to-back losses against the Roosters and Bulldogs, the Knights showed great character when grinding out a two-point win at the Dolphins.

Back at the McDonald Jones Stadium, the Knights will now be out to pick up another valuable two points.

Adam O’Brien’s side have won eight of the last 10 games on home soil and can be backed at 3.50 to win by 1-12 points in this latest clash.

Newcastle do have big injury concerns, however, and they are already missing star fullback Kalyn Ponga for three months due to a foot injury.

Now Jacob Saifiti and Jed Cartwright are injury concerns, meaning the strength in depth of the squad will be tested.

However, there is some good news regarding Greg Marzhew, who looks set to shrug of an injury and take his place in the side.

The winger has scored five tries in four games against the Warriors and is 8.50 to score the first of the game or 2.25 to score at anytime.

Warriors need to find a response

The Warriors have won the last two games against Newcastle, but both fixtures were on home soil.

Indeed they have not won in Newcastle since 2019 and will be keen to snap that drought and get the season back on track.

The Warriors have lost four games so far this campaign, including a 27-24 defeat to the Titans, who had not won a game until last week.

Andrew Webster will now be demanding a response from his players and they should come out firing against the Knights.

The Warriors won by eight points when they met in Auckland at the start of the season, and they would love to do the same again.

They can be backed at 6.00 to win by 6-10 points.

Addin Fonua-Blake scored at couple of tries in the loss to the Titans and can be backed at 4.25 to score at anytime.

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