TAB says Dragons are our best chance of victory

“It is hard to see them starting favourites in another game this year’’: TAB杭州夜网 Picture: Jonathan CarrollKNIGHTS fans hope former captain Danny Buderus has the Midas touch when he takes over as coach against the Dragons at Jubilee Oval on Sunday, but bookmakers believe the odds are stacked against him.

Newcastle will start $3.25 underdogs to beat the Dragons, according to a market framed by TAB杭州夜网, and are rated a $4.50 chance of not winning another game this season.

In the wake of 12 losses from their past 14 games, most recently a 52-6 thumping by defending premiers South Sydney last Saturday night, Knights management sacked coach Rick Stone on Monday and handed the reins to Buderus.

The most-capped player in the club’s history will begin his six-game stint as caretaker coach against the Dragons at Kogarah, followed by the Roosters at Hunter Stadium, Wests Tigers at Campbelltown, Storm at AAMI Park, Bulldogs at Hunter Stadium, and Panthers at Penrith.

‘‘It is hard to see them starting favourites in another game this year,’’ TAB杭州夜网 media operations manager Matt Jenkins said. ‘‘The Tigers in round 23 at Campbelltown looks their best chance of a win in a game that could determine who finishes at the bottom of the table.

‘‘Despite meeting the Dragons, who have lost their past seven games, the Knights are still $3.25 outsiders.’’

After starting with four straight wins, the Knights were rated a $251 chance to finish with most losses, but are now $3 second favourites behind the Tigers ($2.20).

● Knights NSW Cup fullback Nathan Ross is expected to make his NRL debut against the Dragons on Sunday as one of two changes to the team Buderus named on Tuesday.

Joseph Tapine is on standby for injured back-rower Tariq Sims (shoulder), and Ross is being considered on the wing as a replacement for Chanel Mata’utia.

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