After a heavy defeat last week at the hands of the Newcastle Knights, Wests Tigers will head in to Round 14 knowing that two points is essential in a bid to keep their finals hopes alive.
With just seven games remaining in the season, Wests Tigers sit two wins outside the top eight — making Sunday's clash against the Bulldogs a crucial one for the home side as they look to end a run of three straight defeats.
Michael Maguire's side were no match for the Knights last week in a heavy 44-4 defeat, but will take confidence in their previous fixture against the Bulldogs this year – a 34-6 win at Bankwest Stadium back in Round 7.
Sitting last on the ladder, Canterbury have won just twice since the competition restarted in Round 3 and will be without halfback Lachlan Lewis, after he was suspended for a high tackle in their last start defeat to Melbourne.
Jake Averillo (hip) is also sidelined after picking up a knock last week with Kerrod Holland returning to the side at centre as his replacement.
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For Wests Tigers, the return of Jacob Liddle for his first game in 12 months is a huge boost for the home side. Liddle has been named to start in the number nine jersey with Josh Reynolds named on the bench in place of Billy Walters.
Having been cleared to return to the club's bubble by biosecurity experts, Joey Leilua will play after he was originally named in the centres. Leilua had left the bubble voluntarily this week, but his immediate return will see the dynamic Samoan international line up on the right edge inside in-form winger David Nofoaluma.
Wests Tigers were big winners when the two sides met earlier in the year, with Tommy Talau bagging his first career double in a 34-6 win.
Talau starts on the wing this week with Moses Mbye shifting back to centre.
Date — Sunday, August 15, 2020
Time — 4:05pm AEST
Venue — Bankwest Stadium
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live via Channel 9, FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB, FM 104.9 Triple M
Live Stream — 9NOW, Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass and Watch NRL (int.)
LATEST TEAM NEWS
Wests Tigers — Jacob Liddle (knee) and Joey Leilua (personal) are both cleared to play with the duo expected to take their place in the starting lineup. Thomas Mikaele's knee injury brings about a late change on the bench, with Alex Seyfarth joining the side for his first game since Round 5. Luke Garner returns in the back row with Chris Lawrence dropping out, while Josh Reynolds and Elijah Taylor return to add some extra experience on the bench.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs — Reimis Smith replaces Dallin Watene-Zelezniak on the wing in a late change with debutant Matthew Doorey joining the interchange list. Kerrod Holland starts at centre for the injured Jake Averillo, while Jack Cogger replaces the suspended Lachlan Lewis at halfback.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam DoueihiFullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Bulldogs is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph LeiluaCentre for Bulldogs is number 3 Tim Lafai
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses MbyeCentre for Bulldogs is number 4 Kerrod Holland
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy TalauWinger for Bulldogs is number 17 Reimis Smith
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke BrooksFive-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji MarshallHalfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jack Cogger
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh AloiaiProp for Bulldogs is number 8 Ofahiki Ogden
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob LiddleHooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Russell PackerProp for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew EisenhuthLock for Bulldogs is number 13 Luke Thompson
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Josh ReynoldsInterchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Jeremy Marshall-King
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Sam McIntyreInterchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Aiden Tolman
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Alex SeyfarthInterchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Sauaso Sue
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 21 Elijah TaylorInterchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Matt Doorey
H2H — Wests Tigers ($1.40), Bulldogs ($3.15)
Line — Wests Tigers (-7.5) $2.00, Bulldogs (+675) $2.00
Odds correct as of 3:00pm, August 16. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.
Head-to-Head — Played 37, Bulldogs 23, Wests Tigers 14
At Bankwest Stadium — Played 1, Wests Tigers 1, Bulldogs 0
Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 34 def. Bulldogs 6 (Rd.7, 2020)
Referee — Matt Cecchin
Touch Judge — Gavin Badger and Jon Stone
Review Official — Bryan Norrie and Steve Chiddy