Canterbury Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders (Saturday) Betting Preview & Tips

The Bulldogs are aiming to break somewhat of a hoodoo against the Raiders this Saturday afternoon.

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Thu, 27 Apr, 7:31 AM

 

The Bulldogs are aiming to break somewhat of a hoodoo against the Raiders this Saturday afternoon.

 

It’s been nearly 13 years since the Dogs lost three games on the trot to Canberra but that’s exactly the scenario facing them here.

 

The Bulldogs had their brief three-game winning streak snapped by the Wests Tigers last week in an 18-12 upset while the Raiders endured a similar scenario at the hands of Manly, at home, 20-18 in Golden Point.

 

DOG DAY AFTERNOON

Just when the doggies’ fans thought they were starting to see a turnaround from their side, they produce a stinker and a ‘dumb’ play to cost themselves a chance of beating the Tigers.

 

All they could muster was 12 points but late in the game it was still in the balance until Greg Eastwood, for reasons only known to him, kicked on the third play to give the ball back to the Tigers. Ultimately they would go up the other end of the field and score late to win the game.

 

Points are a big issue for the dogs and have been for some time.

 

During their three recent wins they averaged 18.66 ppg but topped 20 points against the Knights and Bunnies – two of the worst defensive teams in the competition.

 

Defence has kept them in games as Des Hasler’s side has turned games into staying contests, however, blunting some of the better attacking teams could be a bridge too far for them.

 

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR

Have the Raiders forgotten how to win the close ones?

 

Three of CANBERRA’s four losses have been by four points or less including two of them in Golden Point.

 

Does that suggest that they can win an arm wrestle? That’s possible because their four wins have all by double digit margins with two of those by 20 points or more.

 

THE HISTORY

The Raiders are aiming for three straight against the boys from Belmore for the first time since 2003.

 

CANTERBURY has actually had the better of the fight since 2009, winning seven of 12 contests but they have dropped the previous two encounters by an average of 13 points.

 

Historically this match-up doesn’t produce close contests with four of the last six clashes being decided by double digit margins, two of those being by 13 points or more.

 

A Canberra victory by 13+ is returning $2.65 @ bet365.

 

THE VERDICT

We are going the way of Canberra ($1.51 @ Unibet) with their high-powered attack set to click into gear.

 

Only the Dragons have scored more points than the Raiders who are averaging 25.38 per game. The fact Canterbury has struggled to contain most of the better sides in the competition that can score points is a big concern for them.

 

Canberra will view last week’s loss to Manly as the one that got away and will be primed for a big showing here against what should prove to be a tough opponent. We aren’t totally convinced on them blowing the dogs away so maybe Canterbury with the +6 Handicap (paying $2 @ bet365) could be an alternative.

 

Ricky Stuart’s side haven’t played a great deal at ANZ Stadium so that in respect the advantage sits with Canterbury, however, the Green Machine has won their past two at the venue and they have been in the past two seasons.

 

Ultimately, we can’t see the Dogs who have the equal worst attack in the competition scoring enough points to get over the Raiders.

 

 

RECOMMENDED BET:

CANBERRA


VALUE PLAY:

JARROD CROKER FIRST AWAY TRYSCORER – has four tries in his past three games against Canterbury and five tries in his last six games at ANZ Stadium

 

The Bulldogs are aiming to break somewhat of a hoodoo against the Raiders this Saturday afternoon.

 

It’s been nearly 13 years since the Dogs lost three games on the trot to Canberra but that’s exactly the scenario facing them here.

 

The Bulldogs had their brief three-game winning streak snapped by the Wests Tigers last week in an 18-12 upset while the Raiders endured a similar scenario at the hands of Manly, at home, 20-18 in Golden Point.

 

DOG DAY AFTERNOON

Just when the doggies’ fans thought they were starting to see a turnaround from their side, they produce a stinker and a ‘dumb’ play to cost themselves a chance of beating the Tigers.

 

All they could muster was 12 points but late in the game it was still in the balance until Greg Eastwood, for reasons only known to him, kicked on the third play to give the ball back to the Tigers. Ultimately they would go up the other end of the field and score late to win the game.

 

Points are a big issue for the dogs and have been for some time.

 

During their three recent wins they averaged 18.66 ppg but topped 20 points against the Knights and Bunnies – two of the worst defensive teams in the competition.

 

Defence has kept them in games as Des Hasler’s side has turned games into staying contests, however, blunting some of the better attacking teams could be a bridge too far for them.

 

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR

Have the Raiders forgotten how to win the close ones?

 

Three of CANBERRA’s four losses have been by four points or less including two of them in Golden Point.

 

Does that suggest that they can win an arm wrestle? That’s possible because their four wins have all by double digit margins with two of those by 20 points or more.

 

THE HISTORY

The Raiders are aiming for three straight against the boys from Belmore for the first time since 2003.

 

CANTERBURY has actually had the better of the fight since 2009, winning seven of 12 contests but they have dropped the previous two encounters by an average of 13 points.

 

Historically this match-up doesn’t produce close contests with four of the last six clashes being decided by double digit margins, two of those being by 13 points or more.

 

A Canberra victory by 13+ is returning $2.65 @ bet365.

 

THE VERDICT

We are going the way of Canberra ($1.51 @ Unibet) with their high-powered attack set to click into gear.

 

Only the Dragons have scored more points than the Raiders who are averaging 25.38 per game. The fact Canterbury has struggled to contain most of the better sides in the competition that can score points is a big concern for them.

 

Canberra will view last week’s loss to Manly as the one that got away and will be primed for a big showing here against what should prove to be a tough opponent. We aren’t totally convinced on them blowing the dogs away so maybe Canterbury with the +6 Handicap (paying $2 @ bet365) could be an alternative.

 

Ricky Stuart’s side haven’t played a great deal at ANZ Stadium so that in respect the advantage sits with Canterbury, however, the Green Machine has won their past two at the venue and they have been in the past two seasons.

 

Ultimately, we can’t see the Dogs who have the equal worst attack in the competition scoring enough points to get over the Raiders.

 

 

RECOMMENDED BET:

CANBERRA


VALUE PLAY:

JARROD CROKER FIRST AWAY TRYSCORER – has four tries in his past three games against Canterbury and five tries in his last six games at ANZ Stadium

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