Venue: Etihad Stadium at 4:20pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R20, 2016, Western Bulldogs 9.7 (61) d North Melbourne 7.5 (47) at Etihad Stadium
R6, 2016, North Melbourne 9.7 (61) d Western Bulldogs 6.9 (45) at Etihad Stadium
R22, 2015, Western Bulldogs 14.12 (96) d North Melbourne 10.13 (73) at Etihad Stadium
R21, 2014, North Melbourne 17.9 (111) d Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) at Etihad Stadium
R2, 2014, North Melbourne 12.11 (83) d Western Bulldogs 8.6 (54) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: The Western Bulldogs have won nine of their past 11 matches, including a long-awaited flag, but last week’s loss to Fremantle was their second in that period to Ross Lyon’s Dockers. They split their two 2016 clashes with next opponent North Melbourne. This week’s match takes on special significance as the first AFL game scheduled on Good Friday. The Dogs will be keen to redeem themselves for the shock loss in Perth and no players more so than quiet performers Travis Cloke, Easton Wood and Toby McLean. But the Roos are desperate to open their winning account. North was competitive in all its three losses to date, particularly against Geelong in round two, but an inability to prolong the effort has hurt Brad Scott’s men. Jack Ziebell needs more support in the midfield from the likes of Ben Cunnington and Andrew Swallow. Will the Kangaroos lift for Lindsay Thomas’ 200th match?
Thommo’s Tip: Western Bulldogs by 20 points
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