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Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions & Tips - Broncos tipped to end losing run

  • Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs predictions for Saturday's NRL Round 3 match
  • The match is being played at Suncorp Stadium (6.30am GMT)
  • Brisbane have lost their last 13 games since beating Canterbury last year
  • The Broncos are tipped to end the losing run on Saturday
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Brisbane Broncos' last win came against the Canterbury Bulldogs (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 25 Mar 2021
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Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions


Both of these sides have won just three of their last 22 NRL premiership games. In 2021, both sides are winless after two rounds, but the Bulldogs defence has been poor and their attack has not improved from last season. 

This is a prime opportunity for the Broncos to snap their losing run.

  • Brisbane Broncos has lost their last 13 matches.
  • Brisbane Broncos’ last win came against Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 9 last year.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have won 1 of their last 9 matches at Suncorp Stadium.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have won 1 of their last 11 matches.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs haven’t scored a point in their last 169 minutes of footy played on a Saturday.
  • Five of the last 6 matches between Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs has been decided by 13+ points.

Head-to-Head


There have been 57 games played between the Dogs and the Broncos since 1988, with Canterbury winning 24 and Brisbane victorious 32 times. The other game ended in a draw.

Honours are split evenly over their last 10 contests with both teams claiming five wins each with the Broncos winning last year's clash 26-8.

Brisbane Broncos Form


This current Broncos side have lost their last 13 games, making them just the seventh team in the NRL era (since 1998) to lose 13 straight games. 

Their attack is dismal, scoring 20 points or more just three times in their last 20 games, and their defence is even worse, conceding on average 31.85 points per game over the same period. Only twice in that time did they keep their opponent under 20 points.

In Round 1 this year, the Broncos did lead at half-time against Parramatta Eels before being steamrolled in the second half in a 24-16 defeat. 

Last weekend, Brisbane trailed by 18 points at half-time against the Gold Coast Titans, before outscoring their opponents in the second-half. But it was not by enough to avoid a 28-16 loss.

Brisbane Broncos Team News


The Broncos have made no changes to their side that played last weekend.

Payne Haas is still unavailable due to suspension, while Matt Lodge is another week or two away after suffering a hamstring injury. 

Kotoni Staggs is set to remain on the sidelines until the middle of the year with his knee injury.

Brisbane Broncos Team List


1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Tesi Niu 5. David Mead 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Tevita Pangai Junior 9. Jake Turpin 10. Thomas Flegler 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. John Asiata 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Ben Te'o 18. Tom Dearden 19. Richard Kennar 20. Cory Paix 21. Corey Oates

Canterbury Bulldogs Form


Last weekend the Bulldogs failed to score a single point against Penrith Panthers, making them scoreless for their last three hours of game time against the Panthers. 

It was also the Dogs' 20th loss in their last 24 games, dating back to Round 24, 2019.

After just two rounds, they 0-2 for the season and are already the worst attacking side in the NRL in 2021. They were the second worst (ahead of only Brisbane) in 2020 and were the worst attacking side in 2019. 

Canterbury have shown no reason why that will change this year.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News


Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Luke Thompson are both suspended until Round 5.

Raymond Faitala-Mariner will be sidelined until late in the season with a foot injury, alongside Jayden Okunbor whose knee is set to keep him off the field for at least the first half of the season. 

Christian Crichton is out for the year with a knee injury.

Tui Katoa will replace Watene-Zelezniak on the wing for this clash. Corey Waddell comes into the run-on side, slotting into the second row to replace Faitala-Mariner. 

Katoa moves to the bench while Marshall-King will start at hooker. Joe Stimson joins the starting 17 on the bench.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List


1. Corey Allan 2. Nick Meaney 3. Will Hopoate 4. Nick Cotric 5. Tuipulotu Katoa 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Ofahiki Ogden 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Adam Elliott 12. Corey Waddell 13. Josh Jackson 14. Sione Katoa 15. Renouf Atoni 16. Joe Stimson 17. Dylan Napa 19. Dean Britt 20. Chris Smith 21. Lachlan Lewis 22. Ava Seumanufagai

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Verdict

Given the injuries and reshuffling to the Bulldogs side, their weaker defence in 2021 and poor record at Suncorp, this game should see the Broncos end their losing streak. For value, look to a 13+ margin given the history of this fixture.

Best Bet: Broncos Win Match Result @-140.85 at Unibet - 3 Units
Value Bet: Broncos by 13+ Winning Margin @250.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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