We take a look at Thursday nights (29/8/2019) NRL 2019 Week 24 match is between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs. The Cowboys will take on the Bulldogs on Thursday night where they go in as slight favourites in the betting.
When: Thursday August 29, 7:50pm
Where: 1300Smiles Stadium
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
The Dogs are in the thick of finals contention after being all but out of it just a month ago. Four wins on the trot has Canterbury in the race for the top eight, but they’ll need to win in Townsville on Thursday night to remain a chance.
A 12-6 win against the Eels in round 23 was their second straight win against top eight opposition and was their ninth win of the season. They enter this match with just one team change, as Jayden Okunbor comes in for the suspended Reimis Smith.
The Cowboys earned a surprise 24-10 win against Penrith last weekend and will be hoping for back to back home wins when they run out this week. Paul Green has named the same starting 17 as a week ago, with club legend Matt Scott to have jersey number 8 retired for this game.
Canterbury has won its past two games agains the Cows, including a 24-12 victory in round 7 this season. They also took the points in their last visit to Townsville in round 6 last season, winning 27-10.
The Dogs have been better than average covering the spread on the road at 6-5, while the Cowboys are just 5-6 against the line at home and 4-7 straight up.
The Wolf is going to back the Dogs as outsiders, with the blue and whites winning their past four matches outright and covering as underdogs.
Tip: Canterbury Bulldogs at $2.10
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Nick Meaney at $9.50
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Jordan Kahu 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. John Asiata 7. Michael Morgan 16. Scott Bolton 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Reuben Cotter 15. Coen Hess 17. Francis Molo 18. Peter Hola 19. Tom Gilbert 20. Corey Jensen 21. Enari Tuala 23. Jake Clifford
Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Adam Elliott 14. Jack Cogger 15. Renouf To’omaga 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Chris Smith 19. Danny Fualalo 20. Morgan Harper 21. Fa’amanu Brown 22. Ofahiki Ogden
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change