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NRL: Broncos set to face unpredictable Bulldogs

Who knows what to expect from the Canterbury Bulldogs these days, as Cameron Ciraldo’s side next prepare to host the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday.

After a 66-0 thrashing at the hands of the Newcastle Knights, the Bulldogs followed that dismal display with an impressive 36-32 win on the road at South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Not knowing which version of the Bulldogs will appear this weekend makes their showdown with the second-place Broncos an interesting one at the Belmore Sports Ground

WhatCanterbury Bulldogs v Brisbane Broncos
WhereBelmore Sports Ground, Sydney
When15:00 (AEST) Saturday 15th July, 2023
How to watchKayo & Foxtel
OddsCanterbury Bulldogs 2.90, Brisbane Broncos 1.42

Bulldogs looking for more of the same

It’s been a Jekyll and Hyde last couple of outings from the Bulldogs, as they went from a drubbing at the hands of the Knights to a thrilling win at the Rabbitohs.

Reaching the top eight is out of the question really for this Canterbury side but Ciraldo will be looking to put the foundations down to have a much strong campaign in 2024.

Sorting out the defence will be the first port of call, with the Bulldogs conceding 180 points across their last four outings in the NRL.

That’s something that could be an issue at the weekend, with Brisbane’s attack being capable of tearing any team in the competition apart on their day.

The Broncos are available at 1.87 to fall on the right side of the -6.5 Line market. 

With Brisbane leading the NRL on tackle breaks with 685, it’s going to be a big ask of this Bulldogs defence to stop the Broncos building a score.

The Bulldogs have not been helped by injuries either, with Ryan Sutton looking set to miss the weekend’s game due to a neck injury suffered against Souths.

Broncos looking to make it lucky 13

Victory for Brisbane on Saturday would see the side land their 13th win of the season and keep the likes of the Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders off their tails for at least another week.

Brisbane are level on 28 points with frontrunners Penrith, while the Panthers do have a game in hand over the Broncos.

Talisman Pat Carrigan will be hoping to recover on Thursday and Friday from his efforts in Origin III to feature at the weekend if called upon.

Payne Haas is out with an ankle injury, meaning Corey Jensen is handed a starting role and Jesse Arthars moving to the bench.

In a boost for the visitors, back-rower Kurt Capewell will be back in the thick of the action after missing the last two outings for Brisbane with a quad injury.

The Broncos are a team that mean business this season and will be worth considering at 1.87 to come out on top with -6.5 in the Line market.

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