Venue: Etihad Stadium, Friday 7:50pm AEST
Last 5 times:
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
R7, 2013, North Melbourne 22.19 (151) d Western Bulldogs 15.7 (97) at Etihad Stadium
R19, 2012, North Melbourne 18.7 (115) d Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) at Etihad Stadium
Top SC Scorers from last match:
- North Melbourne: Tarrant 127, Goldstein 102, Higgins 101, Waite 98
- Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli 153, Hunter 121, Wallis 117, Dahlhaus 114
- No change
- In: Fletcher Roberts
- Out: Suckling (Ankle/Knee)
Game Notes: Woo hoo! Two good Friday night games in a row!
The Kangaroos and Bulldogs are arguably the form sides of the competition yet lingering doubts remain about both sides. The Kangaroos defeated Adelaide in Round 1 but since then they haven’t taken any big scalps and likewise the Bulldogs are yet to defeat any current top 8 teams after falling agonizingly short against the Hawks (Fremantle no longer count!).
So tonight is their chance to make a statement… and only 15 years after their last Friday night match-up! Can the Bulldogs’ under-sized and under-manned back-line hold up against the dominant Kangaroos’ talls? Can the slower Kangaroos’ midfield keep up with the blistering pace of the Bulldogs’ midfield at Etihad Stadium?
This has all the hallmarks of a Friday night special! So who wins, speed or size?
The 6 Points
1. The Western Bulldogs lead the AFL in disposals, averaging 454.2 per game. The Kangaroos are a lot further down the list, ranked 12th with 363.8 per game.
2. Nothing separates these teams with 76 wins each and three draws from 155 contests. Since 2009, it’s six wins to five in the Bulldogs’ favour.
3. North Melbourne is the highest scoring side after five games, averaging 122 points per game. The Roos have registered more than 100 points in all five matches.
4. Another win for the Kangaroos and it will be the first time since 1979 the club has won their first six games of the season.
5. It’s a rare Friday night blockbuster between these two teams. The most recent was in round 10, 2001, while the Bulldogs haven’t played any Friday night games at all since early in 2012.
6. Revitalised Roo Jarrad Waite has climbed 55 places up the Schick AFL Player Ratings to 74th overall after a stellar five rounds, including 18 majors.
Thommo’s Tip: Bulldogs by 18 points.
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