Where and When: Etihad at 1:45pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R13, 2017, Melbourne 17.11 (113) d Western Bulldogs 8.8 (56) at Etihad Stadium
R8, 2016, Western Bulldogs 17.12 (114) d Melbourne 12.10 (82) at the MCG
R20, 2015, Western Bulldogs 24.9 (153) d Melbourne 8.7 (55) at Etihad Stadium
R8, 2015, Melbourne 15.13 (103) d Western Bulldogs 9.10 (64) at the MCG
R15, 2014, Western Bulldogs 14.7 (91) d Melbourne 13.7 (85) at Etihad Stadium
While Melbourne doesn’t have the best record at Etihad Stadium, the free-scoring Demons will like their chances against a young Bulldogs side that has had its problems kicking goals. The Dees have amassed 48 goals in the past two weeks, compared to the Dogs’ paltry return of 11. After booting five majors against Adelaide last start, Jesse Hogan looms as a huge threat to an inexperienced Dogs defence, but the star spearhead has kicked just seven majors from three outings against them. The Dogs’ best chance of upsetting Simon Goodwin’s men is by dominating the midfield battle, with in-form ball winners Jack Macrae and Toby McLean needing to lead the way. Dees tagger Bernie Vince is most likely to be assigned the task of stopping the prolific Macrae. Or the Dogs could hope the old Demons show up and lose a game they were expected to win.
Thommo’s Tip: Melbourne by 35 points
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