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The Gus and Webby show

Phil Gould and Andrew Webster discuss all the big issues of the week in the world of Rugby League on Wednesday.

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Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Friday 7.40pm (AEDT)

Last meeting: Round 15 2013 - Roosters 20 bt Bulldogs 18 at ANZ Stadium

Head-to-head: Roosters 80 Bulldogs 77 drawn 5

Referees: Shayne Hayne, Henry Perenara

TV: Live, Channel 9 (delay Brisbane)

Ladbrokes: Roosters $1.42, Bulldogs $2.95

Betfair: Roosters $1.47, Bulldogs $3.05

Michael Chammas writes: The premiers have had a slow start to the year, while the Bulldogs produced their best performance of the season to upset Melbourne in Perth last week. The Dogs are a team that can get on a roll when confidence is high, but the return of Sonny Bill Williams from suspension provides the Roosters with the touch of class they've been missing.

Tip: Roosters by 6

AAP writes: After last week’s bruising 8-0 loss to Manly, the Roosters won’t relish facing a tough and resilient Bulldogs side. The return of Sonny Bill Williams will be a boost for coach Trent Robinson but the absence of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves means young big boppers Dylan Napa and Kane Evans will really need to step up against one of the best front rows in the NRL. The Roosters followed up their only other loss of the season by putting 50 on an improving Parramatta side, but Des Hasler’s men will pose a much tougher test.

Key: Trent Hodkinson is the in-form goal kicker in the NRL, missing just twice in 19 attempts. If the Roosters find themselves on the wrong end of another penalty count it could be another night of frustration.

ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello (capt), Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Dylan Napa, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner, Sonny Bill Williams, Frank Paul Nuuausala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Aidan Guerra, Mitchell Aubusson, Kane Evans.

BULLDOGS: Sam Perrett, Corey Thompson, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Chase Stanley, Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (capt), James Graham, Frank Pritchard (capt), Tony Williams, Dale Finucane. Interchange: Josh Jackson, Pat O'Hanlon, Tim Browne, David Klemmer, Moses Mbye, Greg Eastwood (two to be omitted).