Venue: Spotless Stadium at 3:20pm AEST
Last 5 times:
R9, 2015, Western Bulldogs 16.17 (113) d Greater Western Sydney 11.2 (68) at Etihad Stadium
R23, 2014, Greater Western Sydney 18.7 (115) d Western Bulldogs 15.19 (109) at Etihad Stadium
R4, 2014, Western Bulldogs 17.8 (110) d Greater Western Sydney 12.11 (83) at Manuka Oval
R15, 2013, Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87) d Greater Western Sydney 12.11 (83) at Manuka Oval
R5, 2012, Western Bulldogs 15.14 (104) d Greater Western Sydney 9.8 (62) at Manuka Oval
Top SC scores from last match:
GWS: Shaw 144, Greene 111, Whitfield 97
Western Bulldogs: Wallis 153, Boyd 128, Dahlhaus 125, Picken 110
Out: Steele (Om.)
In: Collins, Stevens, Jong
Out: Redpath (Susp.), Boyd (Susp.), Dale (Om.)
Game Notes: Two of the league’s most exciting young sides square off at Spotless today. GWS is flying, their list full of talent across all lines and getting better every week, while the Doggies have a midfield that has more depth than any other team.
On paper, the edge must go to GWS based on defence alone. The Doggies have so few defenders left they have turned to first gamer, Kieran Collins. A tough ask against the likes of Patton, Lobb and Cameron! If the Western Bulldogs don’t dominate the clearances again, they won’t be able to prevent the Giants from kicking a winning score.
The 6 Points
1. The Bulldogs dominated the Giants the last time the sides played; they had 20 more scoring shots and 22 more inside 50s, with Mitch Wallis best on ground with 36 disposals and seven tackles.
2. GWS remain the worst tackling side in 2016 after round eight, averaging only 62 per game, while the Bulldogs are 12th despite Luke Dahlhaus and Tom Liberatore both being ranked inside the top 20.
3. This is the sixth time these two sides have clashed, with the Giants’ only win coming in the final round of 2014 at Etihad Stadium.
4. The Western Bulldogs travel to Spotless Stadium for the first time, and they don’t have a good recent history in Sydney, losing seven of their last nine games.
5. GWS are the highest-scoring side in the League this season, averaging 114 points per match, and in their two games at Spotless Stadium have kicked a combined 46 goals, compared to their opponents’ 21.
6. Western Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli is his club’s highest-ranked player in the AFL Player Ratings at number seven, with likely opponent Callan Ward (20th) leading the way for the Giants.
Thommo’s Tip: Giants by 24 points.
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