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Perth’s nib Stadium will host Saturday night’s Round 4 fixture between 2012 grand finalists Canterbury and Melbourne.

It’s the ninth time an NRL game will be played in Perth but the first between these two teams.

The Storm will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season while the Bulldogs will be aiming to rebound from last week’s heartbreaking 18-16 loss, when Kevin Naiqama scored a last minute try to steal the match for the Panthers.

At 1-2, another loss would heap pressure on Des Hasler and the Bulldogs top 4 aspirations. Although last year, the Bulldogs were 1-5 after 6 rounds before clawing their way back to finish sixth.

The Bulldogs have been competitive in all three games this season but are missing the X-factor of fullback Ben Barba.

Chase Stanley comes back for the Bulldogs after a late withdrawal last week due to a cork injury.

Storm forward Jordan McLean is free to play. His judiciary hearing for his tackle on Alex McKinnon has been postponed to April 2. McKinnon was left hospitalised with a frighteningly serious neck injury.

Even though it’s a Bulldogs home game, it won’t feel like it because it’s actually a neutral venue and that is another factor to weigh in.

Even though the Storm haven’t lost yet, they haven’t been at their lethal best.

Tip: Bulldogs by 6

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