WHERE AND WHEN: Mars Stadium, Sunday, July 29, 3.20pm AEST
Everything seemed to be pointing towards a top-four finish a fortnight ago, but disappointing losses to Fremantle and Greater Western Sydney now have Port Adelaide just a game inside the top eight. Errant ball use has been the Power’s downfall of late, but if they can see off an early pressure onslaught from the young Bulldogs, Ken Hinkley’s men should find the going easier as the game progresses. One area of the game where the struggling Dogs could have an advantage is in the ruck, with the Power badly missing All Australian big man Paddy Ryder through injury. But if powerful forward Charlie Dixon continues his good form against the home side (18 goals from eight games), and gives Port some solid assistance in the ruck, the visitors should easily make it two wins from two appearances in Ballarat.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R13, 2018, Port Adelaide 20.12 (132) d Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) at Adelaide Oval
R22, 2017, Port Adelaide 14.12 (96) d Western Bulldogs 11.13 (79) at Mars Stadium
R12, 2016, Western Bulldogs 15.10 (100) d Port Adelaide 14.13 (97) at Adelaide Oval
R19, 2015, Western Bulldogs 19.14 (128) d Port Adelaide 9.10 (64) at Etihad Stadium
R10, 2015, Port Adelaide 16.4 (100) d Western Bulldogs 9.8 (62) at Adelaide Oval
FD’s Tip: Port by 30 points
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