WHEN: Sunday June 17, 4.40pm
WHERE: Etihad Stadium, VIC
LAST TIME: Western Bulldogs 24.13 (157) d Port Adelaide 15.7 (97), round 22, 2011 at AAMI Stadium
B: Easton Wood, Brian Lake, Ryan Hargrave
HB: Robert Murphy, Mark Austin, Dylan Addison
C: Daniel Cross, Matthew Boyd, Mitchell Wallis
HF: Adam Cooney, Liam Jones, Tory Dickson
F: Daniel Giansiracusa, Ayce Cordy, Luke Dahlhaus
Foll: William Minson, Ryan Griffen, Liam Picken
I/C: Shaun Higgins, Jordan Roughead, Christian Howard, Patrick Veszpremi, Thomas Liberatore, Clay Smith, Fletcher Roberts
In: Liam Jones, Christian Howard, Clay Smith, Fletcher Roberts
Out: Daniel Pearce (Hip)
New: Fletcher Roberts (Sandringham Dragons)
B: Jackson Trengove, Alipate Carlile, Jacob Surjan
HB: Danyle Pearce, Troy Chaplin, Hamish Hartlett
C: Darren Pfeiffer, Domenic Cassisi, Kane Cornes
HF: John McCarthy, Justin Westhoff, Matthew Broadbent
F: Chad Wingard, Jay Schulz, Brett Ebert
Foll: Brent Renouf, Bradley Ebert, Matt Thomas
I/C: Paul Stewart, Matthew Lobbe, Jarrad Redden, Tom Logan, Andrew Moore, Cameron Hitchcock, Ben Jacobs
In: Matt Thomas, Matthew Lobbe, Tom Logan
What our experts say:
Western Bulldogs vs Port Adelaide
After being touted as a more competitive outfit for a number of weeks the Western Bulldogs received a nasty wake-up call with a horrendous loss to Sydney. If the Bulldogs go missing when the going gets tough they’re in for a tough second half of the season.
Port Adelaide last week came up against a Hawthorn side in possibly its best form all year and was comprehensively smashed. They’ve improved though, thanks to a more committed midfield and a resurgent Kane Cornes.
Not many people will care who wins this game of football, and few are expecting it to be eye-catching stuff to watch. But the Bulldogs’ pride was hurt last week and they need to show some fight.
Bulldogs by 28
SC – Matthew Boyd (WB), Kane Cornes (PA)
Western Bulldogs ($1.47) vs. Port Adelaide ($2.07):
Whilst level on the AFL ladder, the Bulldogs have had the measure of the Power winning their last 5 contests by an average of 53 points. They too come off the bye and provided this is a positive and does not cause lethargy, I suspect they may prove too string in the end. The Power have been in pretty good form having won three on the trot before succumbing to the Hawks last week. If they can reproduce that form they can give this a shake.
Suggested bet: Bulldogs to win @ $1.47