Punters are faced with a tricky one to start Round 23.
Just three seasons ago these teams squared off in the Grand Final but 2017 hasn’t been kind to either team. With just seven wins apiece they won’t be featuring in the finals but the reality of it is that they have been out of contention for a spot in the eight for quite some time.
At least Souths will enter the game with a bit of confidence having beaten the Dragons 26-24 at the SCG last Friday. Canterbury, on the other hand, continue to struggle to find points and were never in the hunt against Parramatta before going down 20-4.
SOUTHS produced a stirring comeback in the final minutes against the Dragons to break a four-match losing streak last week.
While a win against the Red V is hardly anything to write home about at the moment, it will give Sam Burgess and co the confidence to try and notch consecutive wins here.
Highlighting what a miserable season they’ve had is the fact Michael Maguire’s side has only registered back-to-back wins on just two occasions all year.
Scoring two converted tries in the final five minutes showed just what Souths can do on their day, however, they can’t expect to do that on a weekly basis and get away with it.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
CANTERBURY will miss out on finals football for the first time in the Des Hasler era which spans back to 2012.
Their attack has been poor all season and last week they managed to conjure up just four points against the Eels while spending big portions of the match defending their goal line.
Hasler has to change things up if the Dogs are to save face in the final month of the season.
CANTERBURY fans will be buoyed by the fact they have beaten Souths in three of the past four attempts.
Punters that like having a crack at the margins will be interested to know that in the last four games and five of the past six it has been a 13+ result.
A Bulldogs 13+ Winning Margin is returning a healthy $9.40 @ Palmerbet.
Jees we aren’t too sure which way to go here.
Several bookies have reported early money for CANTERBURY so that could be the best guide. The fact they have beaten Souths regular in recent times should give them a mental edge going into Thursday Night Football.
Maguire had the bunnies had some pressure relieved following the win over the Dragons so that may lead to a bit of complacency.
The key for the Bulldogs is strike first. If they score first then their defence isn’t too shabby and may be enough to stifle the Rabbitohs attack headed by Adam Reynolds. The halfback was given a mile of time and space last week against the Dragons but we doubt that will be the case here.
CANTERBURY 13+ WINNING MARGIN – purely based on historical results!