The Magpies are ready to rip into the Bulldogs on Sunday. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Collingwood v Bulldogs
Sunday June 15 – 3:20 PM (AEST)
It used to be a match to mark on your calendar. The Collingwood Magpies up against the Western Bulldogs . These two clubs always had epic encounters which left fans wanting more. But over the past few years the teams have gone in very different directions. The Pies won a Premiership back in 2010 and the Bulldogs have finished at the bottom of the table three years in a row.
Collingwood are sitting pretty in the top 8. They have been playing well without being fantastic. Teamwork seems to be what gets them over the line. Continually keeping the ball moving is their recipe for success. It’s so simple, yet so effective. But they can’t rest on their laurels because the Bulldogs are a team that can turn their form at the drop of a hat. Jesse White returns to the starting side, pushing Jarrod Witts to the bench. Taylor Adams, Ben Kennedy and Tim Broomhead make up the rest of an extended bench.
The Bulldogs are struggling to find any consistency. With only three wins this year, it is looking like another long season for Dogs fans. They're started to show some form against the Demons in Round 8, but have fallen badly, losing three straight. The Bulldogs maybe in a rebuilding phase, but if they don’t start performing soon, the crowds will start getting smaller and smaller. Matthew Boyd returns up front, with Liam Jones and Jason Johannisen added to the bench.
This one will be a lot tighter than most think. The Bulldogs are not travelling all that well, but always seem to step up when the face the Pies. Expect Collingwood to come away with this one, but not by much.