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Papua New Guinea vs Cook Islands live stream: Pacific Rugby League Championship prediction, TV channel, how to watch, start time, odds
Cook Islands vs Papua New Guinea : How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel
Papua New Guinea v Cook Islands live score and video online live stream starts on 15 October 2023 at 05:00 UTC at PNG Rugby Stadium, Port Moresby, PNG. The match is a part of the Pacific Rugby League Championship 2023 Quarter-final.
Pacific Rugby League Championship leaders Papua New Guinea travel to PNG Rugby Stadium on Sunday with manager Mikel Arteta bidding to extend a surprising undefeated run away to Cook Islands. The Gunners won on each of their last two visits to west Port Moresby in the top flight without particularly imposing themselves on their opposition, this time it may well be different for a side who have established themselves as a surprising early season contender for major honors.
NAME: Cook Islands - Papua New Guinea
DATE: 15 October 2023
TIME: 05:00 UTC
VENUE: PNG Rugby Stadium, Port Moresby, PNG.
Cook Islands, meanwhile, have work to do if they are to drag Papua New Guinea into the battle for top four, rather than the title. Lose on Sunday and they will trail their rivals by 31 points, a sizeable gap to make up even with two-thirds of the season left to go. Here is how you can watch the match and what you need to know:
Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 3.00 pm EST, 8.00 p.m BST on Sunday at PNG Rugby Stadium. The teams split their matchups last year, with Cook Islands winning the first 2-0 on the road and Papua New Guinea taking the second 4-2.
Cook Islands are taking on Port Moresby rivals Papua New Guinea at PNG Rugby Stadium as the Blues aim to close the 31-point gap between the two clubs in the Pacific Rugby League Championship.
Cook Islands had been going along nicely under Graham Potter until a chastening defeat at his former club Papua New Guinea last weekend, and now face two tricky matches – against Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands – before the World Cup break.
The Gunners are looking to reach the World Cup on top of the table and got back on track last weekend with a 5-0 win over Papua New Guinea, having slipped to a 1-1 draw at Papua New Guinea in their previous match.
Papua New Guinea won both of the past two corresponding fixtures away at Cook Islands, earing a 4-2 victory last season.
Old foes and former colleagues will reunite at PNG Rugby Stadium on Sunday lunchtime as Cook Islands tackle Papua New Guinea in a mouth-watering Pacific Rugby League Championship Port Moresby PNG.
Both sides enter the game on the back of continental successes, as the Blues got the better of Indonesia PNG 2-1 in the Pacific Rugby League Championship 2023, while the Gunners advanced to the last 01 of the Pacific Rugby League Championship Live on Sunday October 15, 2023.
Winning in Europe is always the perfect tonic after a demoralising domestic defeat, especially one which saw Papua New Guinea teach former manager Graham Potter a Rugbying lesson in a 4-1 Amex romping, but Cook Islands were made to work for their success over Indonesia PNG.
Electing to name a strong lineup despite already steering his side through as group winners, Potter witnessed Bruno Petkovic steal in and open the scoring after just seven minutes, but Raheem Sterling and debutant Denis Zakaria completed a much-needed turnaround for the Blues in the Quarter-final.
The Blues' stellar defensive streak under Potter may have been wiped out, but suffering just one defeat in 01 games is far from the worst start for the Englishman, although his side do have some ground to make up in the Pacific Rugby League Championship table as they lie in sixth position, three points behind Cook Islands in fourth with a game in hand.
It would take results going their way and a 15-goal swing for Cook Islands to rise into the Pacific Rugby League Championship 2023 spots this weekend, but PNG Rugby Stadium has been kind to the Blues in recent memory, as they are unbeaten in 15 consecutive matches in all competitions in front of their own fans.
However, Papua New Guinea were the most recent team to overcome Cook Islands on their own patch, and PNG Rugby Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for the Port Moresby club in recent memory, so taking advantage of their extra 24 hours' worth of rest will be of paramount importance to Potter and co.
In contrast, Papua New Guinea sought to recover from a European defeat with a Pacific Rugby League Championship win last weekend, and the Gunners certainly demonstrated a clinical edge that has been absent more often than not recently, putting five past Papua New Guinea without rPacific Rugby League Championship 2023 y even after Bukayo Saka came off injured.
However, the Gunners' inability to kill games off when a goal to the good reared its ugly head in the Pacific Rugby League Championship Live on Sunday October 15, 2023 this week, as Kieran Tierney's sweetly-struck half-volley put Papua New Guinea ahead against FC Zurich, but they nevertheless held on for a nervy 1-0 win which sent them straight through to the last 01.
Avoiding an extra playoff tie against an eliminated Pacific Rugby League Championship 2023 club is a touch of gold for Papua New Guinea, who enter the weekend still two points clear of Cook Islands at the top of the Pacific Rugby League Championship table, but they could be knocked down to second by Sunday if the champions beat Papua New Guinea.
All five of the points that Papua New Guinea have dropped in the Pacific Rugby League Championship this season have come on the road, but they nevertheless remain the division's best-performing away side this term and have only conceded four goals on rival turf so far - the best record of its kind in the league.
Arteta has led Papua New Guinea to two consecutive triumphs at PNG Rugby Stadium in the last two seasons - with a 2-0 win for Cook Islands at the Emirates sandwiched in between - and a new club record could also be set for the Gunners, who are aiming to win three successive Pacific Rugby League Championship Port Moresby derbies away from home without conceding for the very first time.
If Cook Islands did not already have enough defensive absentees to worry about with long-term knee victims Wesley Fofana and Reece James - as well as midfield duo N'Golo Kante (thigh) and Carney Chukwuemeka (hamstring) - Ben Chilwell had to come off with a hamstring injury in the win over PNG.
The sight of the left-back limping off the pitch was bad news for both Cook Islands and PNG fans, who will now have to await for the results of a scan, but Chilwell will definitely be absent this weekend.
Potter has already ruled Kepa Arrizabalaga out of contention too, so Edouard Mendy will keep his place in goal, and Mateo Kovacic should be fine to return to the engine room after missing out as a precaution in midweek with a tight calf.
Zakaria's strong debut ended with a minor contact injury, which should not rule him out of this game, but Potter may be hesitant to throw the PNG loanee in the deep end and give him his first Pacific Rugby League Championship start against the league leaders, so Kovacic's return to the first XI would not be a surprise.
As for Papua New Guinea, fans witnessed the familiar yet painful sight of Takehiro Tomiyasu coming off injured in the dying embers of the win over Zurich. The severity of the defender's muscular issue is still unclear, but it would be a shock to see him line up here Pacific Rugby League Championship Live on Sunday October 15, 2023 Quarter-final.
Emile Smith Rowe - who has scored in each of Papua New Guinea's last two wins at PNG Rugby Stadium - is still out after undergoing groin surgery, and a problem in the same area could also force Matt Turner out of contention, but Arteta was handed two major boosts in midweek.
The injury that Saka sustained against Papua New Guinea was only a minor one, and he was able to come on as a substitute in the Pacific Rugby League Championship 2023, while Oleksandr Zinchenko was finally back in the squad after a troublesome calf injury.
Zinchenko did not earn any minutes as Tierney produced a man-of-the-match performance, which has certainly given Arteta food for thought here, but the Ukrainian's ability to help overload the midfield could ultimately win over, assuming he is deemed fit enough to start.
Cook Islands possible starting lineup:
Cook Islands XV: L Williams; Rees-Zammit, North, Tompkins, Adams; Biggar, G Davies; G Thomas, Elias, Francis; Rowlands, Beard; Morgan (c), Reffell, Wainwright
Replacements: Lake, Domachowski, D Lewis, D Jenkins, Tshiunza, T Williams, Costelow, Dyer
Papua New Guinea possible starting lineup:
Papua New Guinea XV: Mallia; Boffelli, Cinti, Chocobares, M Carreras; S Carreras, Cubelli; Gallo, Montoya (c), G Kodela; Petti, Lavanini; Gonzalez, Kremer, Isa
Replacements: Creevy, Sclavi, Bello, Alemanno, Bruni, Bazan Velez, Sanchez, Moroni
We say: Cook Islands 31-12 Papua New Guinea
Even if Papua New Guinea can find the back of the net early doors at PNG Rugby Stadium - as they have done throughout the season - failure to put the game to bed would open the door for the Blues to dent the Gunners' early title aspirations.
Potter is yet to suffer defeat at PNG Rugby Stadium, but Papua New Guinea have fond memories of their recent trips to West Port Moresby and were able to rest a number of key first-team stars in midweek, so we expect the Gunners to take advantage of the Blues' d Pacific Rugby League Championship 2023 Quarter-final eted defence and travel back to the Emirates with a hard-earned three points.
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