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Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs

Sunday, April 23, 4pm (AEST), ANZ Stadium, Sydney

The Tigers will be looking to bounce back after throwing the game away against the Eels with their inability to play for 80 minutes. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs produced a big second half effort on Good Friday to overcome the Rabbitohs and will look to expose the Tigers up the middle in this one, with the return of David Klemmer strengthening their pack. The Tigers have named Luke Brooks on an extended bench and he could be a late inclusion at the expense of Jack Littlejohn. Jamal Idris has been ruled out with a hamstring inJury, with Michael Chee-Kam taking his spot in the centres.
The Bulldogs have the wood on the Tigers in recent years, winning nine of the past 11 clashes and have scored 23-plus in 7 of their last 9 against the Tigers. The Bulldogs did the double over the Tigers in 2016, smashing them 36-4 in Round 10 and followed it up with a 32-22 victory in Round 18. Bulldogs fullback Brett Morris scored a double in the 10-point win in Round 18.
The Wests Tigers have failed to capitalise on their shock win over North Queensland, losing to Parramatta 26-22 on Monday. The Tigers have conceded at least 16 in every game this year and 22 in five of their last six. Canterbury have started to find some form with four wins in their last five that has seen them climb to seventh on the ladder. The Bulldogs have conceded just 9.7ppg in their last three and have posted 20-plus in three of their last five.
Key Matchup
Mitchell Moses v Josh Reynolds. Moses has been one of the Tigers best performers over the past fortnight and hasn’t let the off-field drama around his move to Parramatta impact his performance on the football field. It’s no surprise that Tigers coach Ivan Cleary hasn’t granted Moses an early release. No one can ever question the effort of Reynolds, but he’s finally rediscovered his form over the past three weeks, which has also seen the Dogs win those respective matches. He’s at his dynamic best when he is running the ball and the combination of Frawley and Mbye has allowed him to play his natural game.
Stats That Matter
The Wests Tigers are 2-5 ATS with a 4-3 under number while Canterbury are 5-2 ATS with a 6-1 under record. Canterbury have won 9 of their last 11 against the Tigers including both matches last season by 10-plus. The Bulldogs have scored 23-plus in 7 of their last 9 against the Tigers. Canterbury have covered 7 of their last 11 at ANZ while the Tigers have covered 5 of their last 7 at ANZ but have dropped their last two.
Final Thoughts
The Wolf can’t go past the Bulldogs in this one. They’ve been completely dominant over the Tigers dating back to 2011 and have the forward pack to take the Tigers apart up the middle. The Bulldogs have now strung together three wins in a row and are a dangerous side when they’re playing with confidence.
How It’s Shaping Up
Canterbury by 10
Best Bet
Canterbury -4.5 ($1.91)

Other Recommended Bets
Under 42.5 ($1.88)

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