AFL Round 18 Preview & Betting – Western Bulldogs Vs North Melbourne

The Etihad Stadium will come to life on Sunday afternoon when the fourth placed Western Bulldogs welcome North Melbourne – a team fighting to get into the top eight on the ladder.

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The home side seem to be gathering steam as the weeks roll by with even the distraction of Jason Akermanis’ sacking not affecting their mental attitude as they ran out 82-point winners over Fremantle to claim fourth place.

The Bulldogs are at $1.18 to claim this one with Ladbrokes.com.au and it is hard to see the result go anyway other than in their favour – although could overconfidence become a factor in this one?

They are in a good position at this point in the season with just Callan Ward likely to miss the weekend, but with goals being kicked from all over the oval last round eyes will turn to Barry Hall to continue his form after booting four against Freo.

Adam Cooney was another pivotal player finishing on 36 disposals and the 2008 Brownlow medallist will be looking to cause rifts among the Roos’ defence.

While a win for North Melbourne would not see them straight into the top eight even if Sydney lose, it will send them one step closer and they have odds of $4.92 to victor this weekend.

They need to up their percentage, and fast – a tough challenge against the in-form Bulldogs this weekend, and missed out on a pivotal opportunity last round against the Bombers.

A key player for the Roos is Scott Thompson as the defender is one of the few in the AFL able to cause Hall trouble, and will be a crucial match-up this weekend, while Aaron Edwards’ four goals in last rounds loss would also be useful for North Melbourne this round.

Our tip of the match is to go for a Bulldogs win by 40-49 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

AFLRules Tip of the Match

While making the top eight will be on the forefront of Norths minds the skill and confidence the Bulldogs present is an incredibly tough challenge. The Western Bulldogs will not be giving up their top four spot easily, instead eyeing up a move higher up the ladder, and so our tip of the match is to go for a Bulldogs win by 40-49 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.