The Bulldogs play host to the Dolphins at Salter Oval in this NRL encounter. Both teams a are desperate for a confidence boosting win, and both will be confident in their chances on Sunday afternoon. The home team just have not been able to put it all together this year, and sit second-last after thirteen losses this season.
The visitors started the season like a house on fire but they have steadily dropped to where more pundits thought they will be at this point of the year. They were on the bye last week, and there were plenty of things to like about their Round 20 performance against the Panthers prior to that.
TIP: Many Bulldogs players return to the side this week after suffering injuries like Viliame Kikau who last played in Round 4. Representative winger Josh Addo-Carr who strained his hamstring also returns for this match. Jeremy Marshall-King returns to the Dolphins side after nursing an ongoing shoulder injury, which forces rookie dummy-half Harrison Graham to be dropped to the reserves. The bookies have the Dolphins as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.66, Gbets 1.66 and Hollywoodbets 1.65
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Dolphins
- This is the first match between the sides.
Latest results for both teams
The Bulldogs lost 44-18 to the Panthers in their last match while the Dolphins also lost 24-14 to the Panthers in their last match.
Both sides have struggled with both attack and defence throughout the season, and this will be an interesting game for each team. I think that the Dolphins have more fight left in them and have more to play for, with the desperation of making the final eight starting to hit them. The Bulldogs, despite the return of many key players for the round, are nearing the end of a challenging season, and I really only see them playing a strong 20 minutes and not being able to withhold against the Dolphins for the duration of the match. I am predicting an away win by 10 points.
Probable Starting XVs
1. Jake Averillo 2. Blake Wilson 3. Jacob Kiraz 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Toby Sexton 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Tevita Pangai Junior 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Jacob Preston 13. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 14. Kyle Flanagan 15. Kurtis Morrin 1
1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Euan Aitken 4. Valynce Te Whare 5. Tesi Niu 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Connelly Lemuelu 13. Kenny Bromwich 14. Herman Ese’ese 15. Josh Kerr
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Dolphins victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Dolphins handicap:
The complete odds on the Dolphins handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-3.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-3.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-3.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are decent returns on the Dolphins outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-3.5), Gbets 1.87 (-3.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-3.5)
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