WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Saturday, July 7, 7.25pm AEST
Sitting out of the eight on percentage, this Saturday night encounter looms as a must-win danger game for Hawthorn, as a young Bulldogs outfit have found encouraging form over the past fortnight. The Hawks were disappointing in the loss to Greater Western Sydney last week, copping a hammering in contested possession and clearances. Tom Mitchell had another 50-possession game, and Dogs coach Luke Beveridge is likely to send in-form youngster Josh Dunkley to go head-to-head with the prolific midfielder. The Dogs have looked much better with the inclusion of key defenders Marcus Adams and Dale Morris, with the duo set to perform important roles on dangerous Hawk forwards Jarryd Roughead and Jack Gunston. Another interesting subplot will be how Tom Boyd fares in the ruck against twin towers Ben McEvoy and Jon Ceglar.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R23, 2017: Hawthorn 15.9 (99) d Western Bulldogs 13.12 (90) at Etihad
2SF, 2016: Western Bulldogs 16.11 (107) d Hawthorn 12.12 (84) at the MCG
R3, 2016: Hawthorn 14.9 (93) d Western Bulldogs 13.12 (90) at Etihad
R3, 2015: Hawthorn 19.13 (127) d Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) at UTAS
R19, 2014: Hawthorn 16.11 (107) d Western Bulldogs 6.9 (45) at UTAS
Hutta’s Tip: Hawthorn by 12 points
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