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West Coast set to end Western Bulldogs’ brave 2016 season

Wed, Sep 7, 5:23pm by Head Editor

Preview: Second Elimination FinalWest Coast v Western Bulldogs

Date and Time: Thursday September 8, 8.10pm AEST

Venue: Domain Stadium

TV:  Live on Channel 7, Fox Footy

The 2016 Finals series begins with a history making Thursday night final in Perth. The Dogs are also chasing history when they attempt to win a final interstate for the first time. They’ll have to be at their very best though as they come up against the in-form team of the competition.

All the money has been with the Eagles at home, Sportsbet has moved them into $1.21, with the Bulldogs outsiders at $4.50.

For the home side, the bye came at the worst possible time as they are coming off their best month of the season in which they defeated three of the top five teams. It was their aerial supremacy that stood out in their most recent upset win in Round 23 against the Crows. This is all without their number one ruckman Nic Natanui.

The latter is out for the rest of the season and all of a sudden his replacement, Jonathan Giles is becoming a great story – he is now at his fourth club and has only managed 57 games. Giles had 29 hitouts and 15 possessions in the win against Adelaide and was more than serviceable.

The Dogs have to overcome a deplorable recent record in the west. They’ve lost their past seven games at this venue by an average of 57 points, with four of those seven against the Eagles.  There is plenty to discuss on the selection table with Easton Wood and Jordan Roughead set to return along with Jake Stringer, while Tom Liberatore and Jack MacRae are also expected to play their first game since Round 19.

WATCH: Our AFL Finals Preview

Coleman Medallist Josh Kennedy has been in imposing form, kicking 20 goals in the past four weeks and averaging eight marks per game. He has combined with Jack Darling for 122 goals so far this year and the pair of them will stretch an underdone Dogs defence.

The Dogs have won plenty of friends this year with their determination and style of play, but this looms as their exit point for their season. They will need a brilliant and disciplined performance from their young midfield to starve the Eagles’ superior attacking threats if they are to be a shot of an upset.  They will be up for a fight, however, and we can’t resist a little go at them at $1.92 at the +27.5 line.

BEST BET: Western Bulldogs (+27.5): $1.92

Sportsbet Full Market:

Head to Head
West Coast $1.21
Western Bulldogs $4.50

Big Win Little Win
West Coast 1-39 $2
West Coast 40+ $2.50
Western Bulldogs 1-39 $4.50
Western Bulldogs 40+ $31
Draw $76

West Coast (-27.5) $1.92
Western Bulldogs (+27.5) $1.92

1st Goal Scorer
Joshua Kennedy (WC) $6.50
Jake Stringer $11
Jack Darling $11
Tory Dickson $13
Mark Lecras $12
Jamie Cripps $15
Josh Hill $17
Mark Hutchings $17
Marcus Bontempelli $18
Thomas Boyd $21
Clay Smith $21
Nathan Hrovat $23
Elliot Yeo $21
Zaine Cordy $23
Scott Lycett $23
Lin Jong $23
Lewis Jetta $26
Luke Dahlhaus $31
Jonathan Giles $31
Koby Stevens $36

Total Game Points – Over/Under
Over (162.5) $1.90
Under (162.5) $1.90

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