WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Sunday, April 1, 1.10pm AEST
SUMMARY: There was much optimism around the Bulldogs’ fortunes this year despite their underwhelming premiership defence last season, but all that hopefulness appears to have disappeared after they were smashed by Greater Western Sydney in the opening round. While the effort was there for most of the game, the Dogs’ notoriously poor use of the footy once again shot them in the foot. Injuries have once again hampered Luke Beveridge’s men, but only a strong showing against West Coast on their home deck will give the red, white and blue faithful hope that last year was a one-off flag hangover. The Eagles were honourable last week without really ever threatening Sydney. Nic Naitanui made a successful recovery from 18 months out with a ACL tear, and the star big man will be better for the run. Josh Kennedy has been a constant thorn in the home team’s side, but with goal machine missing through injury, the Dogs should do enough to get the win.
LAST FIVE TIMES:
R15, 2017, West Coast Eagles 12.15 (87) d Western Bulldogs 11.14 (80) at Etihad Stadium
R8, 2017, West Coast Eagles 9.15 (69) d Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) at Subiaco Oval
2EF, 2016, Western Bulldogs 14.15 (99) d West Coast Eagles 7.10 (52) at Subiaco Oval
R11, 2016, Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) d West Coast Eagles 11.9 (75) at Etihad Stadium
R21, 2015, West Coast Eagles 25.12 (162) d Western Bulldogs 13.7 (85) at Subiaco Oval
Father Dougal’s Tip: Bulldogs by 10 – I think playing at home will make the difference. If the Eagles were hosting, I’d tip them.
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