WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad at 7:50pm AEST
SUMMARY: With the Bulldogs and Blues both struggling to score and floundering near the bottom of the ladder, the clash doesn’t fit the description for a Friday night marquee match. However, with both teams trying to employ an attacking brand of footy, the fast deck of Etihad Stadium may produce an entertaining shootout. While their possession game plan fell apart against Fremantle last week due to poor skills, the Dogs proved in the narrow round four loss to Sydney they can match it with the top teams. Winless and sitting bottom of the ladder, Carlton gave league leaders West Coast a fright last week in a much improved performance. Harry McKay had a day out with four goals and the young key forward will get the chance to replicate that performance against an inexperienced Bulldog defence. With so much uncertainty surrounding the combatants, the clash looms as one of the harder games to tip in round six.
LAST FIVE TIMES:
R17, 2017, Western Bulldogs 12.10 (82) d Carlton 9.8 (62) at the MCG
R4, 2016, Western Bulldogs 13.7 (85) d Carlton 7.7 (49) at Etihad Stadium
R14, 2015, Western Bulldogs 9.10 (64) d Carlton 7.11 (53) at Etihad Stadium
R5, 2014, Carlton 18.11 (119) d Western Bulldogs 13.13 (91) at Etihad Stadium
R20, 2013, Western Bulldogs 16.21 (117) d Carlton 13.11 (89) at Etihad Stadium
Thommo’s Tip: Bulldogs by 30 points.
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