Venue: Etihad Stadium, Saturday, May 6, 7.25PM AEST
Last Time They Met: R16, 2016, Western Bulldogs 12.13 (85) d Richmond 11.9 (75) at Etihad Stadium
R2, 2015, Western Bulldogs 12.13 (85) d Richmond 9.12 (66) at the MCG
R3, 2014, Western Bulldogs 15.10 (100) d Richmond 15.8 (98) at Etihad Stadium
R13, 2013, Richmond 17.19 (121) d Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) at Etihad Stadium
R3, 2013, Richmond 20.15 (135) d Western Bulldogs 10.8 (68) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: The Bulldogs look to have finally got their groove back against Greater Western Sydney last week despite going down by two points. Luke Beveridge would have been pleased his side’s intensity around the ball was back to its ferocious best and ball movement from defence to attack is steadily improving. What would have frustrated him was the Dogs’ ongoing wayward kicking in front of goal, but if the premiers fix up that problem, Richmond might encounter a ‘perfect storm’ for the second week running. The Tigers went into the clash with Adelaide last week high on confidence and undefeated, but left with a 76-point drubbing and plenty of questions over their finals aspirations. The Crows blew them away with exquisite ball movement on a lightning fast Adelaide Oval deck – something the Dogs are capable of in the benign conditions of Etihad Stadium.
Father Dougal’s Tip: West Coast by 12
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