Thu, Mar 22, 12:50pm by Staff Writer
The Western Bulldogs and Brisbane Lions will do battle for the second AFLW Premiership on Saturday afternoon at Ikon Park in Melbourne.
The Lions have returned to the Grand Final after a nailbiting six-point loss to Adelaide last season.
Brisbane needed a huge win against the Giants to be a chance of making the Grand Final, as well as the Magpies to beat the Crows on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions were 40 point victors against the Giants on Friday night, with the Crows losing by 21 points on Sunday.
The Dogs start the Grand Final as $1.80 favourites, with the Lions priced at $2.01.
All of the media surrounding the match this week has surrounded around the suspension of Dogs captain Katie Brennan.
She was suspended for one match by the match review panel for a dangerous tackle. With Brennan’s appeal failing, the Bulldogs have sought a higher level of appeal on Wednesday in the hopes that their captain is available for the clash.
These two teams met in Brisbane in round 2 this season, where the Dogs prevailed in a low scoring match.
On that afternoon, Brisbane were goalless at half-time and the Bulldogs had notched up an almost match-winning 19 point lead.
Despite a courageous Lions comeback in the second-half, they fell nine points short.
The Western Bulldogs have been the most consistent team in the AFLW this season and are justified favourites.
There is little value in backing the 1.5 point handicap at $1.90, with the Big Win Little Win markets also favouring a close match, with 1-39 points almost mirroring head-to-head odds.
The either team under 15.5 points Tri Bet market has been popular with punters, priced at $1.67 at Sportsbet, but close to a sure thing for this contest.
Brisbane showed last weekend how dominant they can be, with forward Sabrina Frederick-Traub booting four goals.
The Dogs have their own key forward in Brooke Lochland and the battle of the forwards could well decide this contest.
With plenty of Lions fans expected at Ikon Park before the men’s team face St Kilda on Saturday afternoon, it should make for a great atmosphere.
It is hard to back against the Bulldogs who have been the best team in the competition all season, but anything can happen on Grand Final day.
Best bet- Western Bulldogs to win at $1.80
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