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There’s nothing quite like a side scrapping hard to make the playoffs at the end of the season, coming up against a team with nothing to lose. That’s what will be on the cards in Canberra this Sunday afternoon, as the Canberra Raiders take on the Canterbury Bulldogs. Read on for our Raiders vs Bulldogs predictions.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs – Match Predictions
- 1 Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs – Match Predictions
- 2 Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs preview
- 3 Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs match details
Who will win this battle between sixth and 15th on the NRL ladder? Here are our top predictions ahead of the Raiders vs Bulldogs this Sunday:
Canberra Raiders to Win 1-12
While the Raiders may be sitting sixth in the NRL ladder, the reality is they haven’t had a great second half of the season. In fact, the last time Canberra defeated a team inside the top eight was in May, and since then they’ve gone 5-4 with ugly wins over lower-ranked teams.
We say that’s exactly what we’ll see here on Sunday. The Bulldogs, while definitely prone to causing the occasional upset in 2023, likely won’t have the stones to pull off a win here. However, they’ll make it difficult for Canberra, who we can expect to bag another unimpressive win over a side outside of the eight.
Raiders to Win and Both Teams to Score 20+ Points
Despite the Bulldogs sitting in 15th place, they have scored 20 points or more in almost half their matches this season. Against a Raiders team that have leaked 20 points or more in 14 matches in 2023, including 48 last week, we say it’s a safe bet to wager on this one being a high-scoring affair that the Raiders win.
Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs preview
Heading into this match, here’s a look at how both teams’ seasons have gone so far in the NRL 2023:
After a strong start, the Raiders have looked patchy and underwhelming in the back end of the NRL season. The Green Machine are still looking likely for a playoffs spot with 12 wins and nine losses putting them in sixth place on the ladder, but it’s far from guaranteed and a win here would make them much more comfortable. Last week, they were dealt a rude awakening in a fourth vs fifth match, with the Storm pummeling them 48-2.
It’s been another tough year for the Bulldogs in 2023. Seven wins from 21 games sees them sit two spots from the bottom on 20 points. The team’s last four matches have been three comprehensive losses at the hands of the Knights, Panthers and Broncos, with a one point win over the Dolphins tucked in there for good measure.
Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs head to head
The head to head between these two sides is nice and close, with 40 matches played and the Raiders ahead 22-18. Earlier this season, the Raiders nabbed a four point win over the Bulldogs in the NRL Magic Round, winning 34-30.
Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs match details
- Date and time: Sunday 20 August, 7:05 am GMT
- Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra, Australia
- How to watch: Sky Sports
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