Both the Bulldogs and Dragons are desperate for a win as the pressure mounts following three straight losses.
St George Illawarra were held scoreless against the Warriors at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday in round three, while Canterbury copped a bulldozing by the Sea Eagles at the same venue a day later.
The Dragons have had the wood on the Bulldogs in recent times, racking up big scores against them twice last season.
Bulldogs: In positional changes announced an hour before kick-off, Raymond Faitala-Mariner moves from the bench to start at lock, Adan Elliott from lock to second row and Dean Britt from the second-row to the bench. Ofahiki Ogden and Brandon Wakeham were the last two players dropped from the squad. On Sunday the club announced that winger Christian Crichton is out of the team, with Jake Averillo (No.14) to start on the wing. Kieran Foran returns in the halves in place of Jack Cogger. Crichton and Sione Katoa were the two players left out 24 hours before the match.
Dragons: The Dragons will start 1-17 after Tyrell Fuimaono and Jacob Host were omitted an hour before kick-off. Adam Clune copped a broken nose at training on Tuesday but it won't prevent him from making his NRL debut at halfback. His inclusion means Corey Norman shifts to fullback. Josh Kerr has been promoted to the starting pack for Korbin Sims, while Trent Merrin and Issac Luke join the interchange with Tyrell Fuimaono dropping out. Matt Dufty and Jackson Ford were dropped from the reserves bench 24 hours before the match. Ben Hunt and Mikaele Ravalawa scored three tries in two games against the Bulldogs in 2019.
They play different positions, but the influence that rival captains Cameron McInnes and Josh Jackson have on their teams is comparable. Both men possess insatiable workloads and very rarely play a bad game. Whichever team wins, you can bet their skipper will have a large role in the performance.