The absences of star fullbacks James Tedesco and Will Hopoate could have a big impact on what shapes as a highly intriguing NRL Telstra Premiership battle between two of western Sydney's biggest clubs.
Tedesco fractured a shoulder blade in Round 9 and will miss between four and six weeks, while this weekend's game will mark the first of three consecutive matches Hopoate misses on religious grounds.
The Bulldogs have traded wins for losses in the past seven weeks, while the Tigers ended a six-game losing streak with a crucial win over South Sydney in round nine.
The last outing between these two clubs went the way of the Wests Tigers when they walked away from ANZ Stadium with a 38-14 win.
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 4:00pm AEDT (Gates Open 1:40pm)
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
2016 RECENT FORM
Round 5: Canberra Raiders 22 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8
Round 6: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18 def. Melbourne Storm 12
Round 7: New Zealand Warriors 24 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20
Round 8: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 21 def. Gold Coast Titans 20
Round 9: Parramatta Eels 20 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12
Round 5: Cronulla Sharks 34 def. Wests Tigers 26
Round 6: Newcastle Knights 18 def. Wests Tigers 16
Round 7: Melbourne Storm 19 def. Wests Tigers 18
Round 8: Canberra Raiders 60 def. Wests Tigers 6
Round 9: Wests Tigers 30 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 22
Head-to-Head: Played 29, Bulldogs 18, Tigers 11
At ANZ Stadium: Played 17, Bulldogs 10, Tigers 7
Bulldogs def. Wests Tigers 40-4, ANZ Stadium, 2013.
Wests Tigers def. Bulldogs 54-2, Telstra Stadium, 2005 and 56-4, ANZ Stadium, 2008.
HEAD TO HEAD LEADERS
|AVERAGE METRES||AVERAGE TACKLES||LINE-BREAKS||TRY SCORERS|
|Aaron Woods - 174m||Michael Lichaa - 48||Sam Perrett - 7||James Tedesco - 9|
|James Graham - 171m||Robbie Farah - 41||James tedesco - 7||Will Hopoate - 6|
|David Klemmer - 150m||James Graham - 39||Kevin Naiqama - 6||Sam Perrett - 6|
|Will Hopoate - 143m||Josh Jackson - 37||Jordan Rankin - 6||Jordan Rankin - 6|
|James Tedesco - 131m||Aiden Tolman - 33||David Nofoaluma - 5||Kevin Naiqama - 6|
HEAD TO HEAD TEAM STATS
|AVG. TACKLES PER GAME||340||323|
|AVG. METRES GAINED PER GAME||1548m||1424m|
|AVG. OFFLOADS PER GAME||10||6|
|AVG. ERRORS PER GAME||4||4|
|GOAL KICKING %||67%||58%|
PAST 5 CLASHES
2015: Round 8 - Tigers 38 Bulldogs 14, Round 4 - Bulldogs 25 Tigers 24
2014: Round 24 - Bulldogs 30 Tigers 10, Round 19 - Tigers 46 Bulldogs 18
2013: Round 8 - Bulldogs 40 Tigers 4