2020 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? Saturday 11th July, 2020 – 08:30 (UK)

Where is Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

What is the expected weather for Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs? 19c, partly cloudy

What channel is Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Brisbane Broncos vs Canterbury Bulldogs? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Starting 13: Niu, Isaako, Farnworth, Boyd, Coates, Milford, Croft, Pangai Jnr., Luke, Haas, Glenn, Oates, Carrigan – Interchanges: Dearden, Flegler, Kennedy, Te’o – Reserves: Paix, Hopoate

Unavailable: Jack Bird (Injured), Jordan Kahu (Injured), Sean O’Sullivan (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), David Fifita (Injured), Jake Turpin (Injured), Joe Ofahengaue (Suspended), Matt Lodge (Injured), Kotoni Staggs (Injured)

  • Brisbane Broncos suffered yet another humiliating defeat as their season took another nosedive with a defeat to New Zealand Warriors last week and although head coach Anthony Seibold has received the support of his board, another loss could be the devastating.
  • The Broncos once again made too many errors with 12 which contributed to a completion rate of just 69% and that dragged their average for the campaign down to 74.5%, the second-lowest in the NRL behind Gold Coast Titans.
  • Their disciplinary issues were also laid bare as they conceded six penalties to take their total for the year to 60 which is the most in the league but despite putting in another poor performance, Seibold has retained the same 17 in the initial side he has named.

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Meaney, R. Smith, Montoya, Crichton, Foran, Wakeham, Tolman, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Thompson – Interchanges: Holland, To’omaga, Sue, Ogden – Reserves: Katoa, C. Smith

Unavailable: Joe Stimson (Injured), Will Hopoate (Injured), Jake Averillo (Injured), Adam Elliott (Injured), Dean Britt (Injured)

  • Canterbury Bulldogs remained in the contest for long periods with South Sydney Rabbitohs but their struggles with the ball were evident once again as they struggled to create opportunities to score.
  • They managed to score just 10 points meaning they are the only side in the NRL yet to bring up 100 for the season and their average of 10.8 per game is over two points fewer than the next worst side.
  • To make matters worse for the Doggies, they have lost impressive lock Adam Elliott for the season due to a dislocated shoulder with his spot in the side taken by England international Luke Thompson who will make his debut for the club in the #13 shirt and Dean Britt is also out with Ofahiki Ogden earning a chance in the 17.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs go head-to-head in a huge clash at the foot of the ladder and it could be the end of the road for the losing side’s coach. Both come into this under huge pressure, especially Brisbane who started Round 9 in 14th place after suffering a sixth straight loss last week. The Bulldogs have struggled with the ball so far this campaign but will believe they can find some joy against the Broncos who have conceded at least 20 points in all of their matches since the restart. However, a low-scoring encounter looks likely here with less than 40 points on the cards.

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