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Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions & Tips - Panthers to continue stern defence in the NRL

  • Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury Bulldogs predictions for Saturday’s NRL game
  • The Round 12 clash is being played at 6am BST at BlueBet Stadium
  • Canterbury haven’t scored in their last 2 games against Penrith
  • I am backing Penrith to win to nil
  • Preview, predictions, stats & line ups
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The Bulldogs haven't scored in their last 2 games against the Panthers (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 26 May 2021
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Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions

Penrith are huge favourites once again with Canterbury expected to score less than 6.5 points. Top scorer Matt Burton scored three tries last week and can cross for the first try.

  • Penrith Panthers have won all 11 games this season.
  • Penrith Panthers have won by 36+ points in their last 3 games.
  • Penrith Panthers have conceded an average of 5.2 points in 5 home games this season.
  • Penrith Panthers have won 6 of their last 8 games against Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • Penrith Panthers have won by 28+ points in their last 2 games against Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have failed to score in their last 2 games against Penrith Panthers.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost 10 of their 11 games this season.

Head to Head

Canterbury Bulldogs have a 59-44 advantage against Penrith Panthers with 3 draws in 106 games.

Penrith have won six of the last eight encounters including 28-0 in Round 2 this season.

Penrith Panthers Form

Penrith sit top of the NRL ladder after winning their opening 11 games in 2021.

Ivan Cleary’s side have scored 364 points with just 84 conceded, easily the best defence in the NRL.

The Panthers have scored 152 in their last three games. They beat Cronulla 48-0, Gold Coast 48-12 and South Sydney 56-12 last week.

Penrith Panthers Injuries & Team News

Kurt Capewell (suspension) is out with Liam Martin shifting back to the second row.

Dylan Edwards (hamstring) is out so Stephen Crichton stays at fullback and Paul Momirovski stays in the centres. 

Moses Leota (shoulder) returns at prop.

Penrith Panthers Line Up

1. Stephen Crichton
2. Charlie Staines
3. Paul Momirovski
4. Matt Burton
5. Brian To'o
6. Jarome Luai
7. Nathan Cleary
8. Moses Leota
9. Api Koroisau
10. James Fisher-Harris
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Liam Martin
13. Isaah Yeo


14. Tyrone May
15. Scott Sorensen
16. Matt Eisenhuth
17. Spencer Leniu


18. Mitch Kenny 
19. Robert Jennings
20. Lindsay Smith
21. Izack Tago

Canterbury Bulldogs Form

Canterbury sit bottom of the table after going 1-10 in 2021. They have conceded 330 points and scored just 130 points, the worst for and against records in the NRL.

Trent Barrett’s side lost six in a row to start the season before an 18-12 win against Cronulla. The Bulldogs have lost their last four games. 

The Bulldogs lost to Parramatta (32-10), St George Illawarra (32-12) and Canberra (20-18) before a 30-20 loss against the Titans last week. 

Canterbury Bulldogs Injuries & Team News

Jack Hetherington returns at prop and captain Josh Jackson is back at lock.

Adam Elliott moves from lock to the second row with Chris Smith (suspended). Jackson Topine returns from injury to replace Sione Katoa (suspended) at hooker. 

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will play at fullback despite suffering a foot injury against the Titans.

Jeremy Marshall-King (foot), Lachlan Lewis (ribs) and Corey Allan (shoulder) are all set to return in Round 14.

Canterbury Bulldogs Predicted Line Up

1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
2. Nick Cotric
3. Will Hopoate
4. Aaron Schoupp
5. Tuipolotu Katoa
6. Brandon Wakeham
7. Jake Averillo
8. Ava Seumanufagai
9. Sione Katoa
10. Luke Thompson
11. Matt Doorey
12. Chris Smith
13. Renouf Atoni


14. Brad Deitz
15. Corey Waddell
16. Adam Elliott
17. Dylan Napa


19. Tuipolotu Katoa
20. Joe Stimson
21. Kyle Flanagan
23. Ofahiki Ogden


Canterbury haven’t scored a point in their last two games against Penrith. They are not expected to score on Saturday.

Matt Burton is the joint top scorer for the Panthers this season. He scored three tries last week and is backed in the first tryscorer market.

Best Bet: Bulldogs Under 6.5 Total Team Points @-125.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Panthers Win To Nil Win To Nil @333.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
First Tryscorer Tip: Matt Burton First Tryscorer @850.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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