Venue: MCG at 7:50pm AEST
Last Time They Met: R21, 2016, Western Bulldogs 14.11 (95) d Collingwood 14.8 (92) at Etihad Stadium
Game notes: As much as the Bulldogs insist they are as hungry as ever after their phenomenal premiership, it’ll be interesting to gauge their motivation levels in what should be an entertaining clash between what Champion Data rates as two of the top-three midfields in the AFL. Adding further edge to the contest, it will be new Bulldogs forward Travis Cloke’s first game against his former club. The Dogs will also be excited by the inclusion of skipper Bob Murphy after a knee reconstruction and forward Stewart Crameri after a season-long doping suspension. Meanwhile, the Pies are desperate for an early scalp after missing the finals in each of the past three seasons and will welcome some newcomers of their own, the candidates including ex-Docker Chris Mayne, former Giant Will Hoskin-Elliott, ex-Demon Lynden Dunn and former Sun Henry Schade.
Thommo’s Tip: Western Bulldogs by 12 points.
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