Western Bulldogs: 14th
Hawthorn Hawks: 10th
Western Bulldogs: NIL
Hawthorn Hawks: $34.00
Western Bulldogs: LLLLW
Hawthorn Hawks: LWWWL
Round 15 Result:
Western Bulldogs: Win over Geelong, 103 – 101
Hawthorn Hawks: Loss to GWS, 95 – 84
A confident, young and in-form Western Bulldogs outfit will host a desperate Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium this Saturday.
With the Bulldogs suddenly become a dangerous opponent, this match has become a must-win clash for the finals-hopeful Hawks.
The shock announcement that came through during the week was in regards to the retirement of the extremely talented small forward Cyril Rioli, who will go down in history as one of the best to ever play the great game. This announcement will light a fire in the bellies of his Hawthorn teammates and could be a factor in this match.
How on Earth did the Bulldogs pull off that miraculous victory against the strong Geelong Cats last week? What an inspirational performance it was. If Luke Beveridge can get his Bulldogs to play that well again this week, then the Hawks may be in for a shock come Saturday night.
Hawthorn head coach Alastair Clarkson has plenty of thinking to do in the wake of this clash. Clarkson will be waking up in cold sweats every night thinking about how influential Marcus Bontempelli can be on a football field. If Clarkson cannot come up with a solid answer to Marcus, he could pay the ultimate price and lose that match.
Once again we have ourselves an interesting match between two teams in a tough position, as they both are playing good football. Her are the tips we have found for this important clash between the Hawks and the Bulldogs.
Western Bulldogs vs. Hawthorn Hawks Round 16 – Disposals Tips
Lachlan Hunter is enjoying a good season. Although the Bulldogs are on the lower end of the ladder, Lachlan Hunter can hold his head high as he has been a standout in the middle. When Lachie plays the Hawks this week he will be in the running to get 30 disposals. Since the injury to Jack Macrae, the other Bulldogs midfielders have stepped up to fill in for him, Lachie is one of those midfielders.
Tom Mitchell to get 40 disposals @ $2.25
The best accumulator our game has ever seen will run out for the Hawks this Saturday and hopefully find the footy a massive 40 times against the Bulldogs. Tom Mitchell has had over 50 touches more than any other player and also has the record for the most touches in a match in the history of the game. If the Bulldogs let Tom Mitchell run rampant, he will have one of the best games in his career, but that would be very unlikely. We think the Bulldogs will pressure him around the contest but not have an individual following him at all times, meaning he will still be able to get out the back for a few cheeky handball receives.
Western Bulldogs vs. Hawthorn Hawks Round 16 – Total Points Tips
Western Bulldogs 77.5 Over/Under
Over @ $1.86
The Doggies kicked a massive 103-points against the best defence in the league last week and we think they could do it again. No, we do not think they will score triple digits for the second week consecutively, but we do think they will go overs on the 77-points mark. The Hawks still have a young developing backline who often leak goals they shouldn’t, meaning the crafty and mischievous forwards the Bulldogs possess will be able to get under their skin and take advantage of them.
Hawthorn Hawks 93.5 Over/Under
Under @ $1.88
If the Hawks will score over 93-points, we would be extremely surprised. They do play a good brand of football and can score heavily, but the likes of Marcus Adams and Hayden Crozier have helped the Bulldogs immensely in the last few weeks, especially last week when they were excellent, although they did not hold the Cats back to a low score, they were still impressive enough to convince us to go unders on the Hawks.
Western Bulldogs vs. Hawthorn Hawks Round 16 – Quarter by Quarter Tip
Western Bulldogs / Hawthorn Hawks / Hawthorn Hawks / Hawthorn Hawks @ $9.00
We think the youth that the Bulldogs contain will play a crucial role in the beginning of this match. They will get the jump on the Hawks and be able to hold a lead out until quarter time, but as you can see, we think the genius coaching of Alastair Clarkson will get the Hawks back into the contest where they will take control for the remainder of the encounter. The likes of Jarryd Roughead, Jack Gunston and Luke Bruest are too classy to let the Bulldogs lead for more than one quarter.
Bulldogs vs. Hawks Match Predictions
Match Result: Hawthorn Hawks to win @ $1.45
Line Betting: Western Bulldogs +15.5 @ $1.92
The Hawks will win, but not as easily as you may have originally thought. The Bulldogs play exciting football and are capable of beating anyone on their day, as they showed last week in the massive upset over Geelong.
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