Brisbane Lions: $7.50 at Sportsbet
Western Bulldogs: $67
Brisbane Lions: 3rd, 13-5, 116.2%
Western Bulldogs: 9th, 9-9, 96.7%
Brisbane Lions: WWWWW
Western Bulldogs: WWWLW
Brisbane Lions: Won over Hawthorn, 60-87
Western Bulldogs: Won over Fremantle, 113-66
Two of the most watchable AFL teams will go head-to-head at the Gabba in this week’s Sunday afternoon timeslot.
The Brisbane Lions have won their last six matches and sit third on the ladder, a massive change from last season.
At the kennel, the Bulldogs are starting to build enough momentum to make a charge up the ladder, where they currently sit ninth by percentage.
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The Dogs toppled Brisbane at Marvel Stadium earlier in the season, but this time the Lions are at the Gabba where they have won seven of their eight games in 2019.
Key defender Harris Andrews returns from suspension this week to boost the defensive stocks for Brisbane, whilst the Bulldogs lose veteran Dale Morris through another ACL.
Even though the Dogs have decided to bring in Josh Schache against his old club, he may not make the cut after the extended bench goes from eight to four.
Marcus Bontempelli has been named to start at full forward for the visitors, but whether or not he stays there for long is up in the air.
Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs Round 20 player disposals odds
Lachie Neale to get 30 disposals @ $1.57 with Sportsbet
Neale has been one of the most consistent ball-winners in the competition this year, leading him to $3 favouritism in the 2019 Brownlow Medal betting. The former Fremantle star has been heavily tagged in recent weeks, but the Dogs may struggle to find a matchup for him.
Jack Macrae to get 30 disposals @ $1.30
It has been eight weeks since Macrae did not get over 30 disposals in a game. He has tallied well over 35 multiple times and had 38 last week, so there is no disputing his form. Macrae finds the ball both inside and outside, making him a very good ball-winner in all conditions.
Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs Round 20 goalscorer tips
Cameron Rayner to kick two goals @ $3.60 with Sportsbet
Brisbane’s young superstar-in-the-making has been playing much better in the second half of this season. He is back at full forward now and playing very deep, allowing him to use his speed and power to kick goals. If the Dogs do not play a genuine key defender on Rayner, he could tear them apart.
Aaron Naughton to kick two goals @ $1.67
If anyone is going to kick a bag of goals for the Bulldogs, it will more than likely be Naughton. The second-year star has impressed with his contested marking this year and should have a good tussle with Harris Andrews, but his endurance and agility can also create scoring chances out the back.
Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs Round 20 margin betting
Brisbane Lions by 1-39 points @ $2.10 with Sportsbet
If the Lions win this match, it will not be by a large margin. The Bulldogs have become a very capable side since putting Josh Dunkley into the midfield, which has allowed Marcus Bontempelli to push ahead of the ball and make an impact in the forward half. There should be plenty of good footy both ways.
Lions vs Bulldogs AFL Round 20 match predictions
Match result: Brisbane Lions to win @ $1.35 with Sportsbet
Line betting: Western Bulldogs +18.5 @ $1.90
Despite how much we are loving the Bulldogs right now, the Lions are the better side and relatively free of injury. It could be close, but Brisbane will win it.
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