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Bulldogs vs Broncos - Brisbane to secure finals berth

Canterbury and Brisbane meet at ANZ Stadium in the final round of the season. Our expert predicts this to be a close game.
David Fifita
David Fifita is in terrific form going into Saturday's clash with the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

Bulldogs vs Broncos Preview, Betting Predictions & Tips

The Bulldogs and the Broncos clash on Saturday afternoon with the visitors from Brisbane needing a win to ensure a finals berth.

Canterbury’s season was over weeks ago, but their latter season form has been exceptional, winning four of their last five games. 

Brisbane needs a win to lock down seventh spot and to eliminate any chance of them falling out of the top eight. Although unlikely, if results do not go their way across the full round the Broncos will miss the finals.

Bulldogs Team News

The Bulldogs have several changes after their loss to the Cowboys last weekend. 

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is out with a knee injury, which pushes Will Hopoate to fullback and gives young Morgan Harper his debut in the centres.

Reimis Smith returns to the centres also after serving his suspension with Kerrod Holland being ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Broncos Team News

The Broncos also have multiple changes from the side that narrowly beat the Eels last weekend.

Jake Turpin has been named at halfback after serving his two-week suspension which relegates Sean O’Sullivan to the reserves.

Gehamat Shibasaki has also been sent to the reserves with Izaia Perese taking his spot on the bench.

Bulldogs vs Broncos Head To Head

Since 1998 these two teams have played 41 times with the Broncos leading the Bulldogs 23 to 17 with one draw.

At ANZ Stadium, these two teams have clashed 14 times with the Bulldogs having the lead eight wins to six. 

Canterbury has won three of the last five matches at ANZ Stadium.

Bulldogs vs Broncos Match Up

The match-up of focus is the Broncos attack vs the Bulldogs defence.

Brisbane has a potent offence which consists of a flashy backline and a strong running forward pack. They lead the NRL in tackle breaks with 860, which is 67 more than the next closest. This stat is led by their two big men David Fifita and Payne Haas who sit ninth and tenth in the NRL, both averaging over four tackle- breaks a game. 

The Bulldogs have a defensive unit that should have the team sitting in the top eight, averaging 20 points a game. Although they sit second in the NRL for missed tackles with 816, it can be forgiven due to the amount of defence they have had to endure in their games, which is highlighted by their top five placing in tackles made this year. 

The Bulldogs will need some of that defensive brilliance if they are to overcome this Brisbane attack, especially in the forward pack.

Bulldogs vs Broncos Key Statistics

  • The Bulldogs have averaged just over 10 points a game against them in their last five games
  • The points difference in the last four games for Brisbane has been just under five points a game
  • The Bulldogs lead the league in completion percentage with 80 per cent


The Broncos will secure a finals spot on Saturday.

The Bulldogs don't have a lot to play for, but their strong defence will ensure this isn't a walk in the park for the visitors. 

It's all about securing the premiership points for Brisbane, which they should do in a closer than expected encounter.

Best Bet: Brisbane To Win 1-12 @2.85 at Beteasy - 10 Units
To Score At Anytime: David Fifita @3.60 at Ladbrokes - 10 Units

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