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NRL: Raiders and Bulldogs open up Magic Round

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Magic Round will get underway on Friday night with Canberra Raiders taking on Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

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Round 11 will take place in Brisbane this weekend with eight games spread over what is sure to be three exciting days of NRL action.

The Raiders and Bulldogs will get the weekend underway and it has all the ingredients for a vibrant opening clash.

Both teams have set their sights on making the eight and playing finals this season, so there is plenty at stake in this one.

The Raiders are 2.60 to make the eight, while the Bulldogs could have a bit more work to do and are priced at 3.60.

Just two points separate the Raiders in seventh and the Bulldogs in ninth, and we could be in for a close encounter.

Canberra love Magic Round

. What: Canberra Raiders v Canterbury Bulldogs
. Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
. When: 18:00 (AEST), Friday 17th May 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Canberra Raiders 2.30, Canterbury Bulldogs 1.62

The Raiders got the season off to an electric start, and although their form has dipped, they still find themselves in seventh spot on the ladder.

They can also take heaps of confidence from the way they came from behind to beat Manly by two points at 4 Pines Park in their last outing.

The green machine should also be feeling fresh after a bye last weekend, and will be ready to come out with all guns blazing.

Canberra also enjoy heading to Brisbane for Magic Round, winning their last three games, while they also have a good record against the Bulldogs.

Ricky Stuart's men have won their last nine games against the Bulldogs and will be out to hit double figures on Friday night.

There was not much between the two teams in last season's encounters however, with the Raiders winning by 12 and four points.

The Raiders can be backed at 6.50 to win this latest encounter by 1-5 points.

Bulldogs take heart from Panthers clash

The Bulldogs have been in decent form when winning two of the last three games.

After seeing off the Knights and Tigers, they slipped to 16-10 defeat against Penrith, but there were plenty of positives to take from the performance.

They have shown big signs of improvement this season, and the arrival of Stephen Crichton has made a huge difference.

The blue and whites have lost the last four Magic Round encounters, but they are a different animal in 2024, and could snap the losing streak.

Josh Addo-Carr has enjoyed playing at Suncorp throughout his career, scoring 20 tries in 20 games at the venue.

The winger can be backed at 7.00 to grab the first try, or 1.91 to score at anytime.

The Bulldogs have named the same 17 that ran the Panthers close, and they can be backed at 3.00 to win by 13+ points.

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