‘Survivor: Game Changers’ predictions: J.T. Thomas and Sandra Diaz-Twine will clash in royal battle part 2

In the season premiere of “Survivor: Game Changers” two-time champion Sandra Diaz-Twine took down fellow winner Tony Vlachos in an epic clash for the crown. This Wednesday Sandra may be in for a royal battle part 2 against the other former winner, J.T. Thomas. Sandra and J.T. are both part of the new Nuku tribe and readers like you are predicting that one of the two will be eliminated next — J.T. with leading 9/5 odds and Sandra right behind him with 9/2 odds of going home. Read my analysis of how these iconic players are faring and then update your “Survivor 34” predictions in our weekly event.

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In last week’s episode “Survivor Jackpot,” the table was set for another epic showdown between champions when five of the original Mana tribe members were swapped to Nuku with only J.T. returning to that camp. On paper it seems like J.T. is the easy decision to vote out first in order to keep original Mana strong, but differing opinions about whether or not to kill a mother and baby goat may have turned the tables.

Perhaps foreshadowing the battle to come, J.T. was adamant about not killing the goats while Sandra took a typically villainous approach to the topic, urging the tribe to kill them in order to eat. The other four — Malcolm Freberg, Jeff Varner, Michaela Bradshaw and Aubry Bracco — ultimately agreed with J.T. and set the goats free. But in the game of “Survivor” every decision is a chance to learn something about your competitors and in this case Sandra may have proven just how cutthroat she’s willing to be in order to advance. Whether the four decide to stick with Sandra or save J.T. instead will determine which champion keeps the crown at Nuku.

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We know that two tribes will be sent to tribal council in this week’s episode, “The Tables Have Turned.” If there’s a double elimination, even if Nuku goes to tribal then another tribe will also say goodbye to someone. According to current predictions, the players most at risk on the other tribes are Cirie Fields (Tavua) with 14/1 odds of going home and Hali Ford (Mana) with a 16/1 chance of being eliminated.

Cirie has been struggling to gain a foothold in the competition ever since Day 1 when Ozzy Lusth made it clear that he was hesitant to work with her. Though the tribe switch put Cirie in a 5-1 majority alliance, Troyzan Robertson holds all the power at their next tribal council now that he has a hidden immunity idol to defend himself. Hali barely escaped the last elimination when the new Mana tribe decided to neutralize Tai Trang by voting out Caleb Reynolds, but that leaves Hali vulnerable as the only member not originally from the Nuku tribe.

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