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Last updated: 14 May 2024
Jeremy Darke 14 May 2024
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Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs expert predictions for Friday’s Round 11 NRL game
Kick off is at 6:00 PM at Suncorp Stadium
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Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs, Round 11 2024 - Expert Prediction

The Canterbury Bulldogs will move into the top-eight for the first time since Round 5 last season, leapfrogging their opponents the Canberra Raiders, by covering the 3.5 point line as favourites to open Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium. 

The Bulldogs appear to have turned a leaf and are playing more percentage football this season, which has given them more expected victories and also muscling it out with the big guns of the NRL. It is now time for the Doggies to show their worth and put the Raiders to their own sword on Friday night. 

Canberra’s defence has let them down over the past month and I expect the Bulldogs left-side attack to put them under some serious pressure, as nit has done to superior opposition in 2024. Matt Burton is playing for an Origin call up, so expect the Dogs five-eight o be in the thick of it and even cross for a try.

  • Canterbury have had more Territory than their opponent in their past 7 matches with an average of 55% in each match. 
  • The Raiders are the only team in the top-eight with a negative points differential.
  • The Bulldogs are the only team in the bottom-eight with a positive points differential.
  • The Bulldogs have scored 48% of their tries on the left-side of the field.

Head to Head 

Canberra have beaten the Bulldogs in eight consecutive matches including a 34-30 win in Magic Round last season and also a 20-18 victory in 2021’s version of the long weekend of footy at Suncorp. 

Canberra Raiders Form Analysis & Betting Trends

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The Raiders got a well-deserved week off in round 10 after coming back from 20-0 down against the Manly in Round 9, beating the Sea Eagles 26-24 with trusty Hudson Young crossing for the game-winner in the 76th minute.

Their performance against Manly was an important one after getting dusted by the Sharks 40-0 and Brisbane by 24 points the couple before.

There is a lot to like about Ricky Stuart’s men but their inexperience has them playing inconsistent footy at NRL level, which can be seen in their results. Just like their game against the Sea Eagles, they can go missing for long periods and then put on a strong performance in the half that follows.

Canberra Raiders Team News

Jordan Rapana returns for the Raiders with Albert Hopoate moving to 18th man.

Canberra Raiders Team List

1. Jordan Rapana
2. Nick Cotric
3. Matt Timoko
4. Seb Kris
5. Xavier Savage
6. Ethan Strange
7. Kaeo Weekes 
8. Josh Papalii
9. Danny Levi
10. Joseph Tapine
11. Hudson Young
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Morgan Smithies

14. Tom Starling
15. Ata Mariota
16. Trey Mooney
17. Emre Guler

18. Albert Hopoate
19. Zac Woolford
20. Simi Sasagi
21. Peter Hola
22. Hohepa Puru

Canterbury Bulldogs Form Analysis & Betting Trends

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Canterbury are certainly a team on the improve and have really looked dangerous over the last month or so getting three wins from five games and pushing both Melbourne and Penrith to a one-score contest, losing to Melbourne by 2 points and Penrith last week by six.

A lot can be said about their attack on the left side with a rejuvenated Matt Burton linking up with Villiame Kikau and Bronson Xerri, however, what has impressed the most has been their attitude in defence and their ability to now play the territory game instead of always looking for flare to get them home. 

Last week’s match against Penrith is the perfect example. Yes Cleary left the match and plays a big role in how the Panthers control the game, however, the Bulldogs drew dead-even with the Premiers in Possession and Territory and had almost identical attacking stats, even created 4 more linebreaks than the Panthers with a little execution letting them down, which could have seen them possibly get the upset win.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News

Coach Cameron Ciraldo has named an unchanged side for the Bulldogs after their stellar performance against the Panthers last week.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List

1. Connor Tracey
2. Jacob Kiraz
3. Bronson Xerri
4. Stephen Crichton
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Matt Burton
7. Drew Hutchison
8. Max King
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Sam Hughes
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Jaeman Salmon
13. Kurt Mann

14. Bailey Hayward
15. Josh Curran
16. Kurtis Morrin
17. Jacob Preston

19. Poasa Faamausili
20. Blake Taaffe
21. Jake Turpin
22. Toby Sexton
23. Blake Wilson

Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL 2024 Round 11 FAQ’s

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The Canterbury Bulldogs will continue to impress by covering the 3.5-point line as favourites against the Raiders, putting up 22 points or more in the process.

Matt Burton will have a big performance and will score a try.
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