Venue: Yo Gabba GABBA at 4:35pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R5, 2017, Western Bulldogs 17.20 (122) d Brisbane Lions 14.6 (90) at Etihad Stadium
R5, 2016, Western Bulldogs 17.18 (120) d Brisbane Lions 10.7 (67) at Etihad Stadium
R23, 2015, Brisbane Lions 19.16 (130) d Western Bulldogs 19.8 (122) at the Gabba
R12, 2015, Western Bulldogs 22.14 (146) d Brisbane Lions 11.8 (74) at Etihad Stadium
R12, 2014, Brisbane Lions 14.11 (95) d Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: After three straight wins, there’s a feeling the Western Bulldogs have started to turn the corner, but if they come to the Gabba expecting an easy four points from the bottom-placed Lions they might be in for a rude shock. The reigning premier has righted its season with victories over Carlton, Gold Coast and Essendon in the past three weeks to find themselves sitting outside the top eight on percentage alone. With Marcus Bontempelli and Jason Johannisen among a host of Bulldogs stars finding their best form, they would expect to beat Chris Fagan’s young Lions. The home team has eyed this game off as one it could win though, resting youngsters Eric Hipwood, Jarrod Berry and Hugh McCluggage from the long trip to Perth last week. The Lions showed earlier this year they could test the Dogs, and their quick ball movement should be a good challenge for the visitors.
Thommo’s Tip: Western Bulldogs by plenty.
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