Bulldogs Try To Bite Back Against Melbourne

Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Michael Klein
Ryan Griffen has become an out and out star this year. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Michael Klein
Last Five Matches

Round 14, 2013 – Melbourne 103 d Western Bulldogs 100 at MCG
Round 4, 2012 –Western Bulldogs 88 d Melbourne 67 at MCG
Round 15, 2011 – Western Bulldogs 127 d Melbourne 63 at Etihad Stadium
Round 7, 2010 – Western Bulldogs 70 d Melbourne 66 at MCG
Round 8, 2009 – Western Bulldogs 104 d Melbourne 97 at MCG


Form

     Rd 18       Rd 19       Rd 20       Rd 21       Rd 22   
Western Bulldogs    W  L  W  W  L
Melbourne    L  L  L  L  L


Ins and outs

(Bulldogs) – The Bullodgs have been able to bring back the in-form Adam Cooney, who has recently re-signed, with Dylan Addison omitted.

(Demons) – After a disappointing season, experienced recruits David Rodan and Cameron Pedersen have been left out of Melbourne’s team.


Prediction

Watching these teams the past few weeks, you really have to ask yourself how the Demons managed to beat the Bulldogs last time they met. Even when they were down by 53 in the second quarter against Brisbane last weekend, the ‘Dogs kept fighting and almost pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in recent history. Tom Liberatore keeps improving and Will Minson has almost locked up an All-Australian spot with some outstanding ruck work, while Ryan Griffin has established himself as one of the most potent ball-winners in the AFL. Melbourne has now lost eight on the trot and only against the two Queensland teams have they looked competitive in that streak. Western Bulldogs by 39 points .