This match may signal a changing of the guard. Before the season commenced nobody predicted the Doggies to play finals or tipped them to defeat the Cats in Geelong, but both are real possibilities.
Perhaps it was the long break, but Geelong struggled against the Kangaroos last week and must find form in front of their home crowd if they wish to stay in contention for finals. Defeating the Dogs will be much harder without Selwood, but the surprise return of Mitch Duncan may help alleviate the loss of their captain.
The Doggies were shocking in the first half of last week’s game, but once they managed to kick-start their running game they mowed down the ailing Suns in one quarter. The Doggies will need to replicate that form to win this game as they haven’t beaten the Cats in years.
Congratulations to Dale Morris on 200 games.
Thommo’s tip: Western Bulldogs by 12 points.
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