Where and when: GABBA, Saturday 4th September at 7:20pm (AEST)
Last time they met: Rd 4, 2021: Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73) def Brisbane 8.6 (54) in Ballarat.
At a windy Eureka Stadium in Ballarat, the Doggies ground out a win to make it four straight wins to start the season. English was dominant up forward, kicking 3 goals in difficult conditions while Macrae, Treloar and Dunkley controlled the midfield battle.
Sadly, Hipwood was Brisbane’s most damaging forward with two goals but otherwise, they struggled to kick goals in the conditions.
Last five: Lions 3-2, Bulldogs 2-3
Match Preview: Neither Brisbane nor the Dogs have been in great form late in the season but both teams showed improvement late in last week’s matches. The Bulldogs were very poor in the first half against Essendon but increased their midfield pressure in the second half to pull away and win comfortably. It is the first time in weeks that they have demonstrated that sort of intensity so hopefully, they have rediscovered their mojo.
While the Lions obviously lost to the Dees, they also showed signs of life after halftime. They pulled the 34-point half-time deficit back to 20 points in the third quarter and their midfield looked dangerous for a time before Melbourne steadied. Against quality opposition, the Lions were far from disgraced.
If both teams can retain their form, this should be a better spectacle than last night’s match. Even though Brisbane have the home ground advantage – a rare commodity these days – the Bulldogs have the midfield to match with most teams. Both forward lines are down an important player, two if you include the loss of McStay last week, so expect a tight, low-scoring tussle early.
This is a very tough match to call and, even though I rate the Dogs as the more talented team, I just don’t like the game-plan Bevo brings to the yard. I am sticking with Fagan’s milkshake.
Thommo Watch: There is so much to watch tonight.
- The midfield battle: Neale, Macrae, Lyons, Treloar, McCluggage and the Bont. That’s a lot of talent right there.
- The Ruck battle: English vs Big O.
- The full-forwards: Daniher and Naughton can’t afford an off-night.
- Cody Weightman: Flea is fast becoming a fan favourite at the Kennel.
Thommo’s Tip: Brisbane by 10 points (tipping record 40.5/69).
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