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Bulldogs vs Cowboys Preview & Betting Tips - Can the Nth Queensland Cowboys bounce back?

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Valentine Holmes debuted for the Cowboys last weekend (Getty Images)

Bulldogs vs Cowboys Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips 

The Bulldogs host the Cowboys to kick off the second round of the 2020 NRL season. The Bulldogs lost to the Eels in last week's season opener where their lack of offensive power was telling. 

The Cowboys were left to rue missed opportunies after they lost by 7 points to the Broncos. One positive in the loss was the form of new recruit Valentine Holmes who can continue his strong form against the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs Team News

Backs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Will Hopoate 5. Christian Crichton 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Lachlan Lewis Forwards: 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Joe Stimson Interchange: 13 . Adam Elliott 14. Dean Britt 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner Reserves: 19. Ofahiki Ogden 20. Jake Averillo 21. Sione Katoa 22. Jack Cogger
Kerrod Holland is the only confirmed player missing for the Bulldogs prior to Thursday night.

Cowboys Team News

Backs: 1.Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Esan Marsters 5. Ben Hampton 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Michael Morgan Forwards: 8. John Asiata 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo Interchange: 14. Reece Robson 15. Mitchell Dunn 16. Shane Wright 17. Francis Molo Reserves: 18. Corey Jensen 19. Connelly Lemuelu 20. Tom Opacic 21. Jake Clifford 18. Corey Jensen 19. Connelly Lemuelu 20. Tom Opacic 21. Jake Clifford

The Cowboys have named an unchanged line up heading into Thursday night.

Bulldogs vs Cowboys Head to Head

The Cowboys have won eight of the last ten games against the Bulldogs dating back to 2014. North Queensland won the last meeting on August 29 of last year, winning by 7 points in Townsville.

Bulldogs vs Cowboys Betting Odds

Despite playing away from home, the Cowboys enter Thursday night's match up as the 1.70 favourites. Canterbury the 2.20 outsiders with the line set at +3.5 for the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs vs Cowboys Match Up

Star pairing Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Valentine Holmes are the players to watch. DWZ made a few errors in round one against the Eels but was easily the Dogs' best attacking option. 

Holmes made a steady return to the NRL, scoring a try in the opening 14 minutes. If either player manages to take the game by the scruff of the neck it go a long way to deciding this match.

Bulldogs vs Cowboys Key Stats

  • The Cowboys have only lost to the Bulldogs once in Sydney in the last six years.
  • Valentine Holmes has scored at least 1 try in each of his last 6 appearances with his team as an away favourite.

Bulldogs vs Cowboys FAQ

When does the Bulldogs vs Cowboys match kick off?

The Bulldogs vs Cowboys match is scheduled to kick off at 8.05 GMT on Thursday, March 19.

Where is the Bulldogs vs Cowboys match being played?

The Bulldogs vs Cowboys match is being played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

How can I live stream the Bulldogs vs Cowboys match?

Visit our live streaming calendar for information on how you can watch the Canterbury Bulldogs vs North Queensland Cowboys live stream.



We're confident the Cowboys can bounce back sharply and maintain their dominance over the Bulldogs. After he delivered a winning bet for us last week we're again taking Valentine Holmes to score.

Best Bet: Cowboys Win Win Market @1.70 at bet365 - 5 Units
Anytime Try Scorer Tip: Valentine Holmes Anytime Try Scorer Market @2.00 at bet365 - 3 Units
First Try Scorer Tip: Valentine Holmes Anytime Try Scorer Market @9.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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