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AFL Round 22: Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs Betting Preview – Sunday 21 August, 2011

Fri, Aug 19, 4:44pm by Kevin Pitstock

When and Where:

2.40pm at AAMI Stadium

Overall Head-To-Head:

Port Adelaide – 11
Western Bulldogs – 8
Draws – 0

Last Time They Met:

Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) defeated Port Adelaide 7.5 (47), Round 16, 2010 at TIO Stadium

Recent Form:

Port Adelaide – LBLLL
Western Bulldogs – LLLBL

Current Ladder Positions:

Port Adelaide – 17th (2-17)
Western Bulldogs – 12th (7-12)

Key Players:

Kane Cornes is a legend of Port Adelaide, but he’s been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past week. There was strong word coming out of South Australia that the 28-year-old had been told he won’t be a required player for the Power next season. Both Cornes and the cllub have denied the allegation. Hard to see why the Power would get rid of Cornes, seeing he rans first at the club for handballs and uncontested possessions, second in disposals, third in effective kicks and sixth in tackles.

Easton Wood has been touted as a future star, and while he’s shown glimpses of his potential, that’s all they’ve been – glimpses. The 21-year-old is averaging 13 disposals in 2011, but it’s been his ability to read the play which has impressed most pundits. Since Round 15, Wood has grabbed 12 marks from opposition kicks – ranked No. 1 at the club in that time. Against a confidence-sapped Port Adelaide, he has the perfect opportunity to produce a big game and prove his worth.

Port Adelaide Team Changes:

IN – Daniel Motlop, Daniel Stewart and Tom Logan
OUT – Kane Cornes, Matthew Broadbent and Nick Salter (Calf)

Western Bulldogs Team Changes:

IN – Ayce Cordy, Jason Tutt, Patrick Veszpremi and Ed Barlow
OUT – Dale Morris (Leg), Ryan Hargrave, Brennan Stack and Ben Hudson

New Players:

WESTERN BULLDOGS – Ayce Cordy (21, Geelong U18), Jason Tutt (20, Ainslie/ACT Rams), Patrick Veszpremi (21, Sydney Swans)

Who Wins?

These two clubs won’t be featuring in September, but they’ve featuring in the news for a variety of reasons over recent weeks.

Can anyone think of anymore negative adjectives to describe Port Adelaide? I’m out of them. The Power have managed 13 scoring shots over their past two games. They’ve lost both matches by an aggregate margin of 303 points. Coach Matthew Primus believes his team’s attitude is the issue, not talent – and he’s right. Going on the players’ body language and attack on the footy, it’s clear they’re not playing for their coach. The only exception is skipper Domenic Cassisi, who continues to fight on. John Butcher was mightily impressive in his debut match, but that was the only positive.

It will be fascinating to see how Western Bulldogs respond to the sacking of senior coach Rodney Eade during the week. Eade has coached the club for seven years and took it to three consecutive preliminary finals. But the Bulldogs’ board decided he wasn’t the right man to take the club forward from next season onwards. On the field, the Dogs are playing exciting footy but have been forced to come-from-behind on numerous occasions. Retiring forward Barry Hall has kicked 25 goals from his past five matches, raising the question of whether he’s retired to early. With finals out of reach and some key personnel injured, expect the Dogs to play more kids over the remaining three weeks.

Despite Eade’s sacking, he will coach out the rest of the season. Unlike their opposition, the Bulldogs players are most definitely still playing for their coach. Expect the motivated Dogs to win comfortably.

Best Head-To-Head Bet:

Western Bulldogs by 40+ ($2.25 – Sportingbet)

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