Bouncing off Sunday afternoon’s action is the bumper fixture of the weekend as the fifth-placed Western Bulldogs welcome the fourth-placed Fremantle to Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium as they fight for a place in the top four.
The winner of this match will emerge from the weekend in fourth place – whether it be the Bulldogs leapfrogging the Dockers, or Freo maintaining their position but either way it is set to be a thriller.
The Dogs are favourites for the win at $1.33 with Ladbrokes.com.au but having had a draining fixture last round in Darwin, could feel the exhausted legs of the pointy end of the season set in.
The home side have the better percentage of the two and so four points are necessary for Mark Harvey’s men to progress, but they will need to focus on the job at hand to win despite the distraction of the sacking of Jason Akermanis dominating the headlines.
Daniel Cross was strong for the Dogs last round finishing on 33 possessions with Jarrod Harbrow and Ryan Hargrave two more strong players with 32 and 30 respectively – three players Freo will need to keep an eye on.
The Bulldogs certainly present a tough challenge to Fremantle especially with the almost certain return of the pivotal Barry Hall and Jordan Roughead to the dominant outfit.
The Dockers are at $3.35 for the win and this will be a real test of their mental ability as the toughest part of the season rolls around.
The visitors will be pleased with Chris Tarrant returning – perfect timing to deal with the unenviable task of handling Hall, while skipper Matthew Pavlich needs to turn on his throttle after some unconvincing performances to lead his side to a crucial win.
Our tip of the match is to back a Bulldogs win by 30-39 points at $8 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match
Yes this is a game to watch for all AFL fans with a crucial outcome at the top of the ladder, but considering the last time the Dockers ran out at the Etihad saw them lose to Richmond, it seems the Dogs are in a better position entering this fixture.
If the Dogs manage to overcome the Akermanis hype they have the ability to move into the top four and set up a strong September campaign, and so our tip of the match is to back a Bulldogs win by 30-39 points at $8 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
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