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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Melbourne Storm Predictions & Tips - Papenhuyzen & Addo-Carr to punish Dogs

  • Canterbury Bulldogs vs Melbourne Storm predictions for Saturday's NRL Round 5 match
  • The match is being played at ANZ Stadium (8.30am BST)
  • The Bulldogs have been kept scoreless for their last 3 games
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen and Josh Addo-Carr tipped for tries
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Freetips staff 09 Apr 2021
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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Melbourne Storm Predictions

The Canterbury Bulldogs have been kept scoreless in 4 of their last 5 games and come into this game having last beat Melbourne back in 2016. 

The Storm unleashed their attack last weekend against the lowly Broncos and there’s little to suggest that there won’t be more of the same in this match. Ryan Papenhuyzen and Josh Addo-Carr are tipped for tries and back the Dogs for another blank.

  • Canterbury Bulldogs have been kept scoreless for their last 3 matches.
  • It’s been 244 minutes of game time since the Canterbury Bulldogs last scored points.
  • Melbourne have won their last 5 matches against Canterbury Bulldogs. 
  • Melbourne Storm have won 4 of their 5 matches against Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.
  • Melbourne Storm have won 8 of their 11 regular season games played at ANZ Stadium.
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen has scored six tries in three matches this season.


The Bulldogs have a very good record against the Storm, having won 21 of the 42 games between the two sides. Overall, the Bulldogs have scored 10 points more than the Storm.

Melbourne Storm have won the last five straight games against the Bulldogs, although the Dogs had won six straight matches prior to that.

Melbourne won their first four games against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium. In their fifth and most recent clash at the Olympic venue, the Bulldogs won emphatically 39-0, however this was back in 2013.

Canterbury Bulldogs Form

A promising start to the year, despite recording a 32-16 loss to 2020 finalists Newcastle Knights, gave fans hope that the Dogs were on the improve.

But three straight losses where the Bulldogs have failed to score a single poiunt has quickly erased those early hopes.

They lost 28-0 to Penrith Panthers in Round 2, 24-0 to the 2020 wooden spooners Brisbane Broncos in Round 3, then 38-0 against South Sydney Rabbitohs last weekend.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News

Lachlan Lewis returned last week before suffering a head knock which will see him sit out this weekend. 

Jeremy Marshall-King is set to be out for another five weeks at least, while Raymond Faitala-Mariner is expected to be unavailable for almost three months. 

Jayden Okunbor is hoping to return for the final month of the season before the finals, but Nick Meaney and Christian Crichton could both be out for the year with injuries.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak returns from suspension and will replace the injured Meaney. Corey Allan will shift to the centres and Nick Cotric will revert to the wing. 

Josh Jackson and Luke Thompson both return from injury this week which are huge additions to the Bulldogs pack. Their returns push Dylan Napa and Renouf Atoni to the bench, forcing Dean Britt and Joe Stimson out of the side.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List

1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Corey Allan 5. Tuipulotu Katoa 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Sione Katoa 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Adam Elliott 12. Corey Waddell 13. Josh Jackson 14. Jackson Topine 15. Renouf Atoni 16. Dylan Napa 17. Ofahiki Ogden 19. Brandon Wakeham 20. Chris Smith 21. Dean Britt 22. Joe Stimson

Melbourne Storm Form

The Storm have had one of their worst starts to the season, yet they are still sitting in the top 8 with two wins and two losses. 

They opened their 2021 campaign with a strong 26-18 win over South Sydney Rabbitohs, before suffering a pair of narrow losses to Parramatta Eels (16-12) and Penrith Panthers (12-10) in the Grand Final rematch. 

Last weekend, they belted the hapless Broncos 40-6, with fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen playing a starring role with four tries.

Melbourne Storm Team News

The Storm have a swag of players returning over the next fortnight. 

Brenko Lee and Felise Kaufusi are both available this weekend, while Harry Grant, Dale Finucane, Jack Howarth and Cooper Johns will all be fit over the next two weeks. Max King looks set to return in a months time.

Just the one change to the Storm side that beat the Broncos last weekend, with Kaufusi returning in the second row, pushing Tom Eisenhuth onto the bench and Trent Loiero out of the side.

Melbourne Storm Team List

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Chris Lewis 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Aaron Pene 19. Dean Ieremia 20. Brenko Lee 21. Harry Grant

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Ryan Papenhuyzen bagged four tries last weekend and already has six from three games so far in 2021. The notorious tryscorer Josh Addo-Carr has scored just one this year. Both are tipped to cross the stripe this weekend in a game in which the Bulldogs could be kept scoreless again.

Best Bet: Ryan Papenhuyzen 2 or More Tries @210.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Josh Addo-Carr 2 or More Tries @210.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Melbourne Storm To Win To Nil @260.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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