AFL Round 19: Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles Betting Preview – Saturday 30 July, 2011. When and Where: 2.10pm at Etihad Stadium
Western Bulldogs – 14
West Coast Eagles – 26
Draws – 1
Last Time They Met:
West Coast Eagles 26.19 (175) defeated Western Bulldogs 8.4 (52), Round 9, 2011, at Patersons Stadium
Western Bulldogs – WWWLL
West Coast Eagles – WBWLW
Current Ladder Positions:
Western Bulldogs – 12th (7-10)
West Coast Eagles – 5th (11-5)
Rob Murphy wrote a fascinating article in The Age on Thursday, detailing how much of a struggle it was to watch his teammates play Sydney on television last weekend. However the 29-year-old has recovered from his groin injury and is fit to play on Saturday. Murphy is one of the most versatile players in the game, but has had to spend the majority of his time down back this season, due to key injuries to key defenders. He’s done a great job though, averaging career-high number sin disposals (21) and tackles (two). If Murphy can execute a lock-down job, as well as give great drive off half-back, the Dogs are a chance.
Matt Rosa has been one of West Coast’s unsung heroes over the past five to six years. The 24-year-old has missed just two games in the past three seasons and has been one of his team’s most consistent performers. Rosa has taken his game to a new level this season, averaging a career-high 22 disposals per game. He’s been one of a number of players to benefit from the return to form of Dean Cox and Daniel Kerr. Rosa accumulated 29 touches against the Bulldogs in Round 9 this season, so expect him to replicate those numbers on Saturday.
Western Bulldogs Team Changes:
IN – Ryan Hargrave, Robert Murphy, Brennan Stack, James Mulligan, Jordan Roughead, Justin Sherman and Ed Barlow
OUT – Dylan Addison, Adam Cooney (Knee), Lindsay Gilbee, Shaun Higgins (Knee), Jarrad Grant, Lukas Markovic and Nathan Djerrkura (Achilles)
West Coast Eagles Team Changes:
IN – Thomas Swift and Scott Lycett
OUT – Josh Kennedy (Eye) and Nic Naitanui (Soreness)
WEST COAST EAGLES – Scott Lycett (19, Port Adelaide Magpies)
Western Australia’s in-form team has another opportunity to prove it can beat good sides away from home.
If the Kangaroos hadn’t blown out Western Bulldogs’ September candle out in Round 17, then Sydney certainly did last weekend. The Bulldogs failed to hit contests with great tenacity, especially in the first 15 minutes of the game, as the Adam Goodes-inspired Swans romped home to win by 39 points. Whether it’s fitness or form, both Adam Cooney and Ryan Griffen – clearly the Bulldogs’ two biggest barometers – can’t string two good games together and it’s reflecting in their team’s output. However it was great to see the retiring Barry Hall in good touch, booting 5.3 in a sign he’s keen to finish his outstanding career on a high.
West Coast was part of the most memorable western derby we’d ever seen last weekend, however it could’ve been less exciting if it hadn’t of surrendered so early in the final term. With seven minutes to go and a four-goal lead, the Eagles tried to take the steam out of the contest by chipping the ball around, but only succeeded in allowing Fremantle to get within one point. However there were still plenty of positive signs. Dean Cox cemented his spot as the All-Australian ruckman, Luke Shuey gathered 16 contested possessions and eight clearances, Andrew Gaff produced his second consecutive good game and Beau Waters showed courage and poise in defence while accumulating 23 touches and nine marks.
The season’s basically over for the Bulldogs, while it’s only just beginning for the Eagles. Expect West Coast to produce a fast start and have too much prowess up forward for a vulnerable Bulldogs backline.
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West Coast Eagles by 25+ ($2.60 – Sportsbet)
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