Dogs Out To Break Losing Streak

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The Bulldogs will look to get their season back on track with a win over Melbourne. Image courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au/Wayne Ludbey/Herald Sun

Melbourne v Western Bulldogs
MCG
Saturday May 10, 7.40pm (AEST)

Form:
Bulldogs:
WWLLL
Demons: LWLLW

Having lost three in a row, the Western Bulldogs are hoping for some 'Saturday Night Fever' when they tackle the Demons at the 'G'.

The Bulldogs put up a brave effort against the Bombers last time out but fell just short, losing by 8 points. It was a tight and cagey affair for most of the match, with the Bulldogs managing to eke out to 14-point lead at half-time. Luke Dahlhaus starred in that match, scoring 14-points and 32 disposals. Fletcher Roberts and Mitch Wallis both put in impressive performances in their VFL loss to North Ballarat, but both will feel a call up to the first team is on the cards.

The big news in the AFL this week surrounded the 2-match ban given to Jay Viney after a stray shoulder was picked up in the Demons' match against the Crows. Melbourne appealed what appeared to be a very harsh decision and not surprisingly the AFL Appeals Board upheld the protest on Thursday night, allowing Viney to play on Saturday. His inclusion in the squad this weekend is significant. He was one of Melbourne’s best players last week, with 23 disposals and a goal. Collin Garland is expected to make his return to the first team, but James Frawley and Jack Riley remain under injury clouds with toe and back problems respectively.

The Demons will fancy their chances of stringing rare back-to-back wins this weekend, especially after their impressive upset over Adelaide last week. They face a Bulldogs side that has performed well this season, but hasn't been able to close out matches. The Bulldogs should get the job done over the Demons in what is shaping up to be a tight contest at the MCG. 

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