WHEN: Sunday July 8, 2.40pm
WHERE: Patersons Stadium, WA
LAST TIME: Western Bulldogs 15.17 (107) d Fremantle 8.13 (61), round 24, 2011 at Patersons Stadium
B: Antoni Grover, Luke McPharlin, Adam McPhee
HB: Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, David Mundy
C: Michael Barlow, Ryan Crowley, Clancee Pearce
HF: Tendai Mzungu, Christopher Mayne, Stephen Hill
F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Greg Broughton
Foll: Jonathon Griffin, Matthew de Boer, Nick Lower
I/C: Paul Duffield, Kepler Bradley, Nick Suban, Michael Walters, Dylan Roberton, Lachie Neale, Cameron Sutcliffe
In: Paul Duffield, Antoni Grover, Kepler Bradley, Stephen Hill, Michael Walters, Cameron Sutcliffe
Out: Zachary Clarke, Alex Silvagni, Jayden Pitt
New: Cameron Sutcliffe (Woodville West Torrens)
B: Lukas Markovic, Brian Lake, Christian Howard
HB: Shaun Higgins, Mark Austin, Easton Wood
C: Daniel Cross, Matthew Boyd, Justin Sherman
HF: Clay Smith, Tory Dickson, Mitchell Wallis
F: Luke Dahlhaus, Ayce Cordy, Tom Campbell
Foll: William Minson, Ryan Griffen, Liam Picken
I/C: Lindsay Gilbee, Ryan Hargrave, Jordan Roughead, Jason Tutt, Nathan Djerrkura, Thomas Liberatore, Daniel Pearce
In: Lindsay Gilbee, Ayce Cordy, Jason Tutt, Nathan Djerrkura, Mitchell Wallis, Daniel Pearce, Mark Austin
Out: Dylan Addison (Jaw), Adam Cooney (Soreness), Robert Murphy (Hip), Liam Jones
What our experts say:
Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs
Fremantle currently sits 13th on the ladder, but remarkably they are only one win off the top eight. What is hurting them is their poor percentage, just 90.8%, the result of heavy losses to Hawthorn and West Coast.
Here though they get a chance to score a decisive victory against a Western Bulldogs outfit that is well down on confidence and form. Big losses to Sydney, Brisbane and Essendon in recent weeks have caused them headaches, and aside from the bottom three, they have by far the worst percentage in the league.
With only one win from its past six games it is imperative Fremantle get a win in Perth if they want to remain in touch with the top eight. Expect them to move quickly out of the Bulldogs backline.
Fremantle by 33
SC – Matthew Pavlich (Frem), Daniel Giansiracusa (WB)
Fremantle ($1.20) vs. Western Bulldogs ($4.80):
The Dockers must win this game if they are to remain in the hunt for a finals berth – ditto the Dogs. The Dogs were horrible last week, admittedly against a pretty good team (Essendon) but they are struggling in certain areas of the ground and the loss of creative types like Murphy, Cooney and Jones will make it challenging to say the least.
Suggested bet: Dockers at the margin (1-39) @ $2.20