The Bulldogs will try to get within one game of the top eight when they face the Giants on Saturday night! It’s no secret that these two sides don’t like each other, and there could be another fiery clash on the map.
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GWS vs Western Bulldogs Preview & Betting Tips
Giants Stadium, Saturday, April 18, 7:25 PM AEST
Injuries: Leek Aleer, Jack Buckley, Finn Callaghan, Brent Daniels, Matt de Boer, Josh Fahey, Bobby Hill, Jacob Hopper, Daniel Lloyd, Harry Perryman, Will Shaw, Connor Stone
GWS is forced to make at least two changes after Matt de Boer suffered a concussion and Harry Perryman suffered a blow that broke four ribs. Phil Davis will play in the AFL or VFL after overcoming a serious hamstring injury that occurred in round 2. Tim Tarranto will be a test this weekend after missing the last three games with a back injury.
The Giants took their second win in three games to start the Mark McVeigh era, beating North Melbourne in a convincing outing. GWS led from start to finish and completely dominated the Kangaroos in a 49 point win. The Giants won the takedown tally by 128, the market tally by 80, and had a removal efficiency of 83% – 8% above the AFL average.
GWS has made a number of successful shifts that have resulted in massive improvements in the three games under Mark McVeigh. The Giants have been much more aggressive with their ball moves, leading to them hitting scores of 136, 96 and 102 in the past three weeks. In nine games under Leon Cameron this season, the Giants have scored more than 96 points only once. By putting Harry Himmleburg on the defensive and getting Lachie Whitfield in the ground, the two stars have seen form after struggling to start the season.
Injuries: Riley Garcia, Mitch Hannan, Stef Martin, Toby McLean, Laitham Vandermeer, Bailey Smith (delay)
For the second week in a row, headlines were about young star Bailey Smith, after a headbutt against Geelong that resulted in a two-game suspension, Smith is likely to be banned for another two weeks after using illicit substances over the course of his career. the week came out. The AFL has yet to finalize the investigation, but Smith is unlikely to play again before Round 18. Good news for the Dogs is that Josh Bruce and Lachie Hunter are returning via the VFL this weekend.
The Bulldogs had the bye in Round 13, with their last game a 13-point defeat to Geelong in Round 12. The Dogs trailed 40 points early in the second quarter before scoring seven of the next eight goals to finish in. five points to come in the previous quarter. The Bulldogs have shown that their best is almost as good as any other team in the league, but their worst is also as bad as any team in the league.
Despite missing some key players, the Bulldogs are finding ways to score, averaging 101 points per game over the past six weeks. With Josh Bruce returning in the coming weeks, the Dogs will only get better for the ball. The Bulldogs could clinch a top eight game with a win this weekend and with their injury roster getting shorter, the Dogs have a chance to make a big push in the second half of the season.
The Bulldogs have prevailed in this rivalry for the past three years, winning three of the last four encounters between the two sides. The Dogs have built a solid block of form, winning four of their last six games leading up to this one. While GWS has improved since Mark McVeigh, their two wins are against the two worst teams in the league in North Melbourne and West Coast.
Tim English is ready to give the Bulldogs’ star-studded midfield a huge advantage in the middle of the ground. If the Dogs can gain the upper hand in the scavenger hunt, then it’s hard to see the Giants finding a way to win. Despite not being home, the Bulldogs should have no issues in this clash, given the quality gap between the two sides. The dogs are an excellent value in this clash.
Western Bulldogs H2H
$1.87 (2 units)
Stephen Coniglio has had a resurgence under new coach Mark McVeigh, who moved the Giants skipper to midfield after getting stuck halfway forward under Leon Cameron. Coniglio has had sales returns of 36, 25 and 34 since McVeigh took over, which were three of his top four games with the highest number of players this season.
Stephen Coniglio 25+ Divestments, $1.55 at Ladbrokes
With Bailey Smith out of midfield, Marcus Botempelli expects to spend more time in the middle of the field on Saturday night. Bontempelli has had a habit of being a dominant force in recent years, especially in the second half of the season. In the ten games to close the home and away season after the Bulldogs bye in 2021, Bontempelli reached the 25+ removal mark eight times. In 2019, Bontempelli reached the 25+ elimination mark in nine of Dogs’ last 11 games after the bye.
Marcus Bontempelli 25+ Divestments, $1.73 at Ladbrokes
Aaron Naughton continued his excellent start to his career and, at just 22 years old, firmly established himself as one of the top key players in the league. Naughton is seventh in the Coleman Medal race with 30 goals this season, having reached the 3+ mark in four of his last five games. Naughton had five goals the last time these two teams met, and will be confident against the Giants
Aaron Naughton 3+ goals, $2.10 with Ladbrokes