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NRL: Bulldogs aiming to leapfrog Knights

Canterbury Bulldogs and Newcastle Knights will both be attempting to snap three-game losing streaks when they face each other on Sunday afternoon.

There is little to separate the two sides heading into the game with the Bulldogs sitting 15th on the NRL ladder, while the Knights are just one spot above them.

Both sides would have had ambitions to play finals at the start of the season, but so far things are not going according to plan.

They have won just five games each and it is going to take a mammoth turnaround to make it into the top eight over the remaining games.

Indeed, the Bulldogs are 41.00 to make the top eight, while the Knights are 17.00.

There is still plenty to play for however, including avoiding the wooden spoon. Only Wests Tigers and the Dragons sit below them and there is not much in it.

WhatCanterbury Bulldogs v Newcastle Knights
WhereAccor Stadium, Sydney
When14:00 (AEST), Sunday 2nd July 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsCanterbury Bulldogs 2.20, Newcastle Knights 1.68

Home advantage key for Bulldogs

It has been a disappointing first season in charge for new head coach Cameron Ciraldo.

Following his arrival, along with some more high-profile recruits, the Bulldogs were expected to be in and around the eight this year.

That is not the case, but Ciraldo will still want his side to finish strongly to build some momentum for the 2024 campaign.

The Bulldogs had a bye last weekend, but in the game before they were smashed 48-10 against Cronulla Sharks and will want to respond.

They have won just one game in the last five, but this could be a good chance for them to get two points and jump above the Knights.

Home advantage could be key as the Knights do not travel well, winning just one game outside of Newcastle this season and that was against Wests Tigers.

Ciraldo’s side also have a tough run of games coming up against the Rabbitohs, Broncos and Panthers so the clash with Newcastle represents their best chance of a win.

Josh Addo-Carr has a good try-scoring record against the Knights and is priced at 2.00 to grab another at anytime on Sunday.

Double trouble for Knights

Just like the Bulldogs, the Knights have also won just one game in the last five and really need a win to keep alive any slim hopes they have of making the eight.

Again, that is looking unlikely, with games against the Storm, Raiders, Rabbitohs and Sharks to come, but they will attempt to go down fighting.

In Dom Young and Greg Marzhew they at least have two wingers who know how to score a try. They have scored 16 and 10 respectively and will be a huge threat on Sunday.

Young is priced at 7.00 to score the first try, Marzhew 8.00, and the Bulldogs will have to keep a close eye on both.

Newcastle have won three of their past four games against the Bulldogs, but doing it at Accor Stadium will be the big test for Adam O’Brien’s side.

If they do win, it is likely to be tight and they can be backed at 6.00 to win by 6-10 points.

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