There's always a silver lining when two teams with 1-5 records over their past six matches meet – the run of outs will end for one of them.
Wests Tigers are now facing an uphill task to reach the finals, while the goal from here on in for the Bulldogs is to avoid the wooden spoon.
Sunday's meeting between the two sides is one Michel Maguire's side simply cannot afford to lose.
Wests Tigers scored a comprehensive 34-6 win over the Bulldogs when the teams met in round seven at Bankwest Stadium.
Match: Wests Tigers v Bulldogs
Round 14 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Wests Tigers: Star centre Joey Leilua left the club's bubble to attend to a personal matter in Canberra, placing him in doubt for Sunday's western Sydney derby, but on Thursday night he was cleared to return to the bubble.
In a minor re-jig to the bench, Chris Lawrence joins Asu Kepaoa as the players omitted 60 minutes before kick-off.
Alex Seyfarth replaces Thomas Mikaele (knee injury) on the interchange with Shawn Blore also dropping out of the squad on Saturday.
Hooker Jacob Liddle gets his first game since a horror knee injury last year, allowing Moses Mbye to return to centre and Tommy Talau to the wing.
Luke Garner is recalled in the back row and Josh Reynolds returns on the bench following the season-ending injury to Billy Walters. Wests Tigers are aiming for two wins in a season against the Bulldogs for the first time since 2005.
Bulldogs: Reimis Smith replaces Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, who was dropped by Canterbury coach Steve Georgallis. Matthew Doorey is on the bench after Chris Smith was also left out.
Kerrod Holland starts at centre for Jake Averillo, who picked up a hip injury in the loss to the Storm, while Jack Cogger replaces the suspended Lachlan Lewis at halfback.
The Bulldogs have lost their past four games at Bankwest Stadium.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam DoueihiFullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Nick Meaney
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Bulldogs is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph LeiluaCentre for Bulldogs is number 3 Tim Lafai
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses MbyeCentre for Bulldogs is number 4 Kerrod Holland
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy TalauWinger for Bulldogs is number 17 Reimis Smith
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke BrooksFive-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji MarshallHalfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Jack Cogger
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh AloiaiProp for Bulldogs is number 8 Ofahiki Ogden
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob LiddleHooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Russell PackerProp for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew EisenhuthLock for Bulldogs is number 13 Luke Thompson
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Josh ReynoldsInterchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Jeremy Marshall-King
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Sam McIntyreInterchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Aiden Tolman
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Alex SeyfarthInterchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Sauaso Sue
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 21 Elijah TaylorInterchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Matt Doorey
Adam Doueihi v Nick Meaney. After a very tough week, Doueihi will be hoping all he has to worry about this week is rugby league.
He has proven a great pick-up from the Rabbitohs. Over the past few weeks Meaney has arguably enjoyed his best run of form since joining Canterbury.
The Bulldogs have reached 20 points in a match just twice this year – both times against the Dragons. In brighter news, the Tigers have scored at least 20 points eight times.