On Saturday night the Raiders are travelling up to ANZ Stadium to face the Doggies in an interesting showdown where the home side have already said goodbye to September finals.
Canberra are in 11th spot with the slimmest of finals hopes still alive, but Canterbury’s season is now over after they dropped down to 13th last week.
However in these bottom-ladder clashes teams are always keen to play for pride so this one will be a great clash.
The Raiders have plenty of points in them and have shown lots of potential this year beating some of the best including their tight victory over the Panthers last week.
Even with a team full of talent, the Bulldogs have been very dismal all season and have lost three of their past four.
After being thrashed 30 – 6 by the Knights last week, Canterbury’s confidence will be low and they need to dig deep to feature here.
The Bulldogs got the better of the Raiders last time these two met back in Round 16, but as the season progresses it is getting harder to tip them.
Still, with the home ground advantage Canterbury are the $1.80 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au, but the Raiders aren’t far behind at $2.00.
With nothing to lose the Bulldogs could get a bit more creative with their plays and run a few in early, but the Raiders plead a more desperate case needing to win this match and the rest of theirs for the season to be here come September.
A close match but we like the Raiders, aided by the recent late-season return of captain Alan Tongue that has freed up Campese and allowed Dugan and Vidot to run riot as they will do so again here.
Footy Tip of the Match – Bulldogs/Raiders in the Halftime/Fulltime market at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
The Raiders came from behind in a great effort against the Panthers last week and we think that the Bulldogs will get off to a strong start but fade second half here. That’s why we are betting on Bulldogs/Raiders in the Halftime/Fulltime market at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Bulldogs $1.80 – Raiders $2.00 Ladbrokes.com.au
Round 23 Bulldogs Team:
1. Luke Patten 2. Steve Turner 3. Josh Morris 4. Daniel Rauicava 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Ben Roberts 7. Brett Kimmorley 8. Michael Hodgson 9. Michael Ennis 10. Ryan Tandy 11. Jamal Idris 12. Andrew Ryan 13. David Stagg
Bench: 14. Mickey Paea 15. Daniel Halatau 16. Chris Armit 17. Ben Barba
Round 23 Raiders Team:
1. Josh Dugan 2. Joel Monaghan 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Adam Mogg 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Terry Campese 7. Josh McCrone 8. Tom Learoyd-Lars 9. Travis Waddell 10. David Shillington 11. Danny Galea 12. Bronson Harrison 13. Trevor Thurling
Bench: 14. Alan Tongue 15. Shaun Fensom 16. Dane Tilse 17. Scott Logan
Reserve: 18. Joe Picker