The Bulldogs will take on the Demons in a massive top of the table clash this Friday night to open up Round 11 in the AFL! PuntingInDanger went 3-1 on his best bets last weekend and he is back to preview the Friday night clash below.
A Melbourne player has recently been found to be exposed to COVID-19 through the week leading up to the game. The status of this game is currently unknown, but we'll continue to keep you posted as more news comes to light.
AFL Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Betting Tips
Marvel Stadium, Friday 28th May 7.50pm (AEST)
The winner of this Friday night clash will take a full game lead atop the ladder after the Dees lost their first game of the season in Round 10, squandering 1st place to the Bulldogs. No fans will be in attendance due to the recent 7-day lockdown imposed on Victorians, but it is still set to be a fantastic clash.
The Dogs were outstanding in Round 10 against a lacklustre Saints. They showed the damage they can do on a slick Marvel Stadium, booting 21.18 and piling on a monster 144 points in the win. Aaron Naughton was dominant, kicking five goals while Marcus Bontempelli piled on 26 disposals and four goals as well. The Dogs moved to 9-1 on the season, with their only loss so far coming at the hands of the Tigers at the MCG back in Round 7.
Melbourne were looking unbeatable and were strong favourites when they travelled to Adelaide to take on the Crows in Round 10. One of the upsets of the year occurred, however, as the Crows claimed a 1 point win on the back of a controversial deliberate out of bounds decision missed in the dying seconds. The bubble-bursting loss had been in the works for a while for the Demons, the question is, can they bounce back?
The Dogs are still battling some injuries but it hasn’t looked to affect them in the past few weeks, with their outstanding depth coming to the forefront. They are still without Josh Dunkley, Lin Jong, Ed Richards, Easton Wood and Adam Treloar but could get ruckmen Tim English and Stefan Martin back this week, which will be massive as they go up against arguably the No.1 ruckman in the league in Max Gawn.
The Demons are looking a little more settled on the injury front, likely to only be missing Adam Tomlinson, and Jack Viney in from their best 22 this week. Their defence has been absolutely outstanding this season, allowing the 2nd fewest points per game in the competition.
The bookies have opened this one with the Dogs as slight 6.5 point favourites and it’s no wonder with the game being played at Marvel Stadium where the Dogs have been fantastic this season.
These two teams have had the best two defences in the league this season, allowing just 65.6 and 63.8 points per game respectively. The roof was going to be open due to the COVID concerns in Melbourne but with the recent news coming out that fans wont be in attendance, that will most likely change. Regardless, I think this is a bit of a defensive slugfest between the two stingiest teams in the AFL. Happy to take the under here.
Under 166.5 (1.5 Units)
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Bailey Dale has been electric for the Doggies over the last few weeks. He has surpassed the 25 disposal mark in four of his last six games including a massive 34 disposal, 2 goal game against the Saints last week. Bailey Fritsch has played all 10 games for the Dees this season and has booted 22 goals including six games of 2+ getting great odds to do so again on Friday night. Taking a much safer leg for the third and final in Jack Macrae to rack up at least 25 touches. Has done so by a mile in every game this season, so this one is an absolute lock.
Bailey Dale 25+ Disposals
Bailey Fritsch 2+ Goals
Jack Macrae 25+ Disposals
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