AFL Round 16 Preview & Betting – Western Bulldogs Vs Port Adelaide

Surely one of the easy picks of round 16 is Saturday night’s fixture at the TIO Stadium between the top four hopefuls Western Bulldogs and the wooden spoon contenders Port Adelaide.

The Dogs are at short odds of $1.17 at Ladbrokes.com.au for a win, and while the payout may seem too small to wager on, an almost certain win makes them a lucrative proposition.

The Dogs’ last five fixtures point to two losses, however the defeats were both acceptable, dealt by Collingwood and the newly reformed Hawthorn. While the wins over the Lions and the Eagles may not imply impressive form, the demolition of Carlton– fellow top four hopefuls last round – certainly implies the Dogs are on top form.

However, Rodney Eade’s men must deal with the loss of pivotal player Barry Hall, and as a result will look to potential NAB AFL Rising Star candidate Jarrad Grant who has been consistent for the Dogs up front.

Brad Johnson is another maybe, although Eade has confirmed the forward is travelling and will start.

Port Adelaide are having a difficult time of it lately, with eight consecutive losses to their name along with some off-field issues, and so are at long odds of $5 to nab an unlikely victory.

All eyes will be on the coaching box with Matthew Primus under pressure for his first game as the main man, and with many placing incredibly high expectations on the former assistant, it is up to him to prove his side has what it takes.

Port’s last win came over Essendon in round seven, and even that was a scrape being a three point win, which was followed by losses to the likes of Richmond and North Melbourne. They are currently at $6.50 to grab the wooden spoon.

Our tip of the match is to go with the odds and back the Dogs to claim a substantial 30-39 point win at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

AFLRules Tip Of The Match:

This one suggests just one outcome – a Dogs win. With Port Adelaide not even able to pull out all the stops for the legendary Power coach Mark Williams’ last game in charge last weekend, disregarding the opening quarter, the off-field action seems too much for the team to handle and whether or not they will sink or swim in Darwin is something we will have to wait and see.

Our tip of the match is to go with the odds and back the Dogs to claim a substantial 30-39 point win at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au, but do not be surprised to see them sit back and hold the lead once the win is confirmed, as they will want to save energy for the crucial round 17 game against Freo.