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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers Predictions & Tips - Wests to keep finals hopes alive

  • Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers tips for Sunday's NRL Round 21 match
  • The match is being played at Cbus Super Stadium (4.50am BST)
  • The Bulldogs are on a 6-game losing run
  • Can Wests win and keep their finals hopes alive?
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Wests Tigers can edge out the Canterbury Bulldogs (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 07 Aug 2021
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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers Predictions


The Bulldogs are on a six-game losing run, conceding 234 points at an average of 39 points per game. The Tigers are barely any better, winning just one of their last six games and conceding just 4 points less in that period.
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  • Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers FAQs

If Wests are to stay in the finals contention they need to win. They are tipped to do so by 1-12 points. 

  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost their last 6 matches.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have conceded an average 39 points in their last 6 matches.
  • Wests Tigers have won their last 2 matches against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • Wests Tigers have lost 5 of their last 6 matches.

Head-to-Head


There have been 38 games played between these outfits, with the Bulldogs leading the Tigers 23-15.

The Tigers have won the last two encounters, both of which were in 2020 with a 34-6 win in Round 7 and a 29-28 victory in Round 14. 

Canterbury Bulldogs Form


The Bulldogs' season has been one of very little joy. They lost their opening six games, cementing their place at the very bottom of the ladder. 

In Round 7 they scored a last gasp victory over an out-of-form Sharks side 18-12, only to then lose another five straight games.

They dominated a woeful Dragons side 28-6 but have seemingly got worse since, losing their last six games and conceding almost 40 points a game in the process. 

Their season was over many weeks ago, so now they are trying new combinations in preparation for 2022.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News


Nick Cotric and Raymond Faitala-Mariner are both gone for the rest of the seasons with foot injuries.

The Bulldogs will be without Chris Smith for at least another week, while Christian Crichton, Ofahiki Ogden and Luke Thompson will all be available for Round 23.

The selection axe has been wielded this week with Jayden Okunbor and Kyle Flanagan both dropped. 

Falakiko Manu comes onto the wing while Jake Averillo returns at halfback, joining rookie Bailey Biondi-Odo. 

Nick Meaney also returns and slots in at fullback, pushing Corey Allan to the other wing. 

Renouf Atoni has been replaced in the reserves by Jackson Topine, while Ava Seumanufagai will line up in the front row, pushing Dylan Napa to the bench, where he will be joined by rake Sione Katoa.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List


1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Falakiko Manu 6. Bailey Biondi-Odo 7. Jake Averillo 8. Ava Seumanufagai 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Corey Waddell 12. Adam Elliott 13. Josh Jackson 14. Sione Katoa 15. Dylan Napa 16. Chris Patolo 17. Matt Doorey 19. Tuipulotu Katoa 20. Joe Stimson 21. Kyle Flanagan 22. Jackson Topine

Wests Tigers Form


The Tigers season has never really got going. They dropped their opening two games and have been playing catch up ever since.

Wests recorded back-to-back victories against the Dragons (34-18) and an understrength Penrith (26-6) before suffering three heavy losses to Parramatta (40-12), Melbourne (66-16) and Souths (38-22).

They produced a second half surge to beat Brisbane 42-24, but the Tigers have since lost to Manly by 20 points and had a two-point loss to an understrength and out-of-form Warriors side last weekend.

Wests Tigers Team News


The Tigers currently have Asu Kepaoa, Daine Laurie, Luke Garner, Russell Packer, James Roberts and Alex Seyfarth all sidelined, likely for the rest of the year. 

Laurie suffered a broken leg in last week's game and his loss will be the one felt the most.

Moses Mbye will fill the custodian role vacated by Laurie. Michael Chee Kam replaces Mbye at centre, James Tamou returns at prop, pushing Alex Twal to the bench. 

Thomas Mikaele starts at lock, forcing Joe Ofahengaue to the bench, while Zac Cini returns to the bench at the expense of Tuki Simpkins.

Wests Tigers Team List


1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Michael Chee-Kam 4. Tommy Talau 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Jacob Liddle 10. James Tamou 11. Shawn Blore 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Thomas Mikaele 14. Alex Twal 15. Zac Cini 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Kelma Tuilagi 18. Tukimihia Simpkins 19. Tom Amone 20. Jock Madden 21. Jake Simpkin

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Verdict

The Tigers should win and a margin of victory of 12 points or less is predicted with neither side trustworthy.

Best Bet: Wests by 1-12 Winning Margin @250.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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