Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions: Dogs to edge play-off clash

 | Friday 21st June 2024, 13:41pm

Friday 21st June 2024, 13:41pm

Central Coast Stadium Gosford

Two teams level on points go head-to-head on Saturday in the NRL Premiership when the Sydney Roosters take on the much-improved Canterbury Bulldogs at the Industree Group Stadium in Gosford (kick-off 08:30 BST, 17:30 local, live on Sky Sports Arena).

Cameron Ciraldo’s Bulldogs are a markedly different prospect from the side which has finished 11th or lower in each of the last seven seasons, but Trent Robinson’s Chooks are always a concern at the top end. So here are some carefully selected Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs predictions…

Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs Tips

  • First Half Total Points Under 23.5 @ 1/1
  • Bulldogs by 1-12 points @ 100/30

Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs Odds

The Roosters are favourites here, priced at 4/11 to bring home the points. The Bulldogs are available at 11/5, with the draw at 22/1.

Team News

There are a number of returnees for both sides. Dom Young returns to the wing for the Roosters, Brandon Smith coming back in at nine. Blake Steep and Siua Wong take places on the bench, with Ethan King and Dylan Napa among the reserve options.

Angus Crichton, Connor Watson, Spencer Leniu and Lindsay Collins are all unavailable due to Origin duty, while Michael Jennings, Egan Butcher and Billy Smith are injured.

The Doggies have no Stephen Crichton ahead of Game 2 of the State of Origin, while Kurt Mann, Josh Addo-Carr, Chris Patolo, Jacob Preston, Daniel Suluka-Fifita and Karl Oloapu all miss out.

Jeral Skelton comes in for Ciraldo, with Poasa Fa’amausili stepping up to the bench and Josh Curran taking a starting berth.

First Half Total Points Under 23.5 @ 1/1

This should be a tight one, and as such I don’t see the two sides slugging it out try-for-try in the early knockings. Even when they weren’t much of a contender, the Bulldogs tended to be a part of low-scoring fixtures on the whole – partly because they were impotent, but also due to a defence-first mentaility.

Now that they are back as top-eight hopefuls, the Dogs continue to feature in tight clashes, with nine of their 13 matches thus far in 2024 having seen 40 or fewer points scored.

As such, I can well see the under being hit here. The Roosters are without some of their strike weapons due to Origin, while the Dogs are notorious for getting things going slowly. That, for me, means there will be no more than four tries scored in the opening half in Gosford.

Under 23.5 First Half Points @ 1/1

Bulldogs by 1-12 points @ 100/30

The Chooks are the favourites, but these Bulldogs are in a fine run of form with three straight wins under their belts. Sure, they’ve not got a great away record (they’re 1-6 in their seven matches on the road so far) but that could be neutralised by the Roosters going north to the Central Coast for this clash.

Whoever wins this, it won’t be by many, and I just get a feeling that Canterbury will be the ones to pull this off.

Chuck in the fact that the 100/30 odds are on the generous side, and I’m sold. The price implies a 23.1% probability of the Dogs coming home by less than two scores, but I make it more 50/50 between either of the two sides edging a win.

Bulldogs by 1-12 @ 100/30

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