Could not ask for a better way to bring in Round 11 of the AFL season when the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne do battle from Marvel Stadium.
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May 28th 7:50pm
Western Bulldogs and Melbourne go head to head in a top of the table clash at Marvel Stadium with only percentage separating both teams.
The Demons were undefeated until a one-point loss against Adelaide last weekend and now face a Bulldogs squad who dealt a sickening 111-point defeat to St Kilda.
The last two fixtures between the Demons and Bulldogs have gone the way of the Bulldogs.
It was a 28-point win at Metricon Stadium in Round 13 last season and a narrow eight-point victory back in Round 17 2019.
Both teams have been the benchmark by a long way this season with the Dogs building their game on handball chains and an incredible midfield, while the Demons have relied heavily upon their fortified defence.
Jake Lever and Steven May will have the assignment of quelling Aaron Naughton and Josh Bruce.
The midfield battle is also intriguing with the Dogs now missing Adam Treloar who will be sidelined for up to two months with ankle injury.
Even though two of the important cogs in the Dogs midfield are missing in the form of Treloar and Josh Dunkley, there is still plenty of depth in there.
Luke Beveridge’s men should be able to make it 10-1 in front of the Bulldogs’ faithful.
Prediction: Western Bulldogs by 18 points.
Western Bulldogs -6.5 at $1.90
FIRST GOAL SCORER
Rory Lobb & Hayden McLean
Sam Weideman managed the first goal of the game when these two teams last met but his form thus far this year is nothing to get too excited about.
That being said, the Western Bulldog backline do not particularly have a gun key position back who can lock down a genuine tall forward, so the door may open up for Weideman.
Tom Liberatore hit the scoreboard early for the Bulldogs last week but it’s hard to see this Melbourne defence letting a midfielder slip forward to kick an easy major.
From a Dogs perspective, it might pay to lean the way of a small forward who is quick enough to pick up the crumbs if Lever and May quell Naughton and Bruce.
Cody Weightman may just be that person and he represents good value at longer odds.
Sam Weideman first goal scorer at $13
Cody Weightman first goal scorer at $15
total points scored
Melbourne conceded 90+ points for the first time in the 2021 season last week.
That should mean Demons coach Simon Goodwin puts a particular focus on defence when his men hit the training track.
Both the Bulldogs and Demons have conceded the least amount of points this season, highlighting how well their defensive structures stand up.
This could be a game of cat and mouse where both teams hold fort defensively and attempt to absorb the pressure.
Hard to see this being a shootout and last year, albeit with shortened quarters, the game only manufactured 132 points.
Suggested Bet: Total points under 164.5 points at $1.90