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Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Predictions & Tips: AFL Round 17 2024

July 5th 2024, 5:06pm, By: Jake Smit

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Super Saturday in AFL Round 17 sees two 1:45pm (AEST) fixtures kickstart the day. One of those will see Port Adelaide play host to the Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval in a juicy matchup. We bring you our full preview and betting tips for that match below!

Also, Before You Bet will be providing free previews and betting tips for EVERY game in the 2024 AFL season, so make sure to head over to out our AFL Tips regularly to keep up to date with all of our free content.

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2024 AFL Round 17 Preview & Betting Tips

Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs

Saturday 1:45pm AEST, July 6th, Adelaide Oval

Port Adelaide were under pressure to perform in their clash against the lowly Saints last weekend and while they certainly didn’t set the world on fire, they managed to secure the all-important four points (62-60).

Under fire coach Ken Hinkley’s relief after the win was visible as he got emotional in the immediate post-game interview. However, he’ll know one good win doesn’t make a season, and his boys will need to get the job done again this weekend.

The Power will be without luckless former first round pick Josh Sinn who suffered yet another injury last outing. Will Lorenz, who made his debut as the sub against the Saints, will return to the SANFL, while Jase Burgoyne and Francis Evans are the two inclusions.

The Power remain without talls Ivan Soldo (3 weeks), Charlie Dixon (1 week), and Esava Ratugolea (1 week), while defender Ryan Burton is also a couple of weeks away.

The Western Bulldogs have banked wins on either side of their Round 15 bye and head into Round 17 looking to win three in a row for the first time this season. They destroyed the lethargic Dockers at Marvel Stadium two starts back (149-82) and took care of the last-placed Kangaroos at the same venue last weekend.

In a move not many saw coming, coach Luke Beveridge sent Rory Lobb down back a couple of weeks ago to avoid dropping him back to the 2’s; and it’s been so far so good for Lobb as an intercept defender, although his job will become more difficult with lockdown defender Liam Jones out with injury this weekend.

In positive news for the Dogs, Nick Coffield will make his long-awaited return from injury, which somewhat helps the loss of Jones. Buku Khamis also gets his chance back in the seniors and has shown the ability to play a solid role in defence.

Match Prediction: Although the Power are the higher ranked club on the ladder and also have home ground advantage on their side, it’s the Bulldogs who are currently listed as the narrow favourites in this crucial encounter. 

The Dogs are clearly in the better form of the pair and should be too good for the current version of the Power, providing they bring the same intensity they’ve been playing with since turning their form around in Round 8.

Western Bulldogs to Win

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Sam Darcy 2+ Goals – Has had a breakout year and has hit the scoreboard in all 12 of his games. He’ll get plenty of looks against the Power’s vulnerable defence.

Aaron Naughton 2+ Goals – Key forwards have had a good time against the Power in recent weeks and I expect that trend to continue here. Naughton should be kicking at least two in this one.

Zak Butters 25+ Disposals – The Dogs rarely tag and that’s great news for a ball hunter like Butters. I’m expecting him to be up around the 30-disposal mark here.

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Based on the South-West coast of Victoria, Jake has been an avid sports fanatic since he could walk. Aussie Rules, basketball, and soccer are his main three loves, but he's also got a soft spot for countless other sports.

Besides being a major contributor to our sports and fantasy content since 2017, Jake is our Content Manager & Editor and helps to plan and coordinate our team of writers every week. He's also one of the unlucky ones that is a keen Port Adelaide and Phoenix Suns fan, so go easy on him.

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