NAME: Hawthorn Hawks – Western Bulldogs
DATE: March 31, 2019
TIME: 04:20 UTC
VENUE: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne , Australia
My prediction for the match Hawks vs Bulldogs
Both teams won their matches in Round 1 and ready to get 4 points in Round 2. But who will get this points? Very interesting question.
Hawks and Bulldogs both lost 2 of 2 pre-season games, but show another level of footy in Round 1. Both teams are experienced and have good results on Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Bookies show that Hawks are the favorite of the match with odds from 1.36 to 1.44 and give asian handicap -17.5 with odds 1.91 to both sides
I think it is too much and we can bet on Western Bulldogs in this match.
Asian handicap +17.5 for Western Bulldogs with odds 1.91 in williamhill
Also you can read match preview by flashscore
The penultimate match of the round sees two undefeated teams square off as the Hawthorn Hawks and Western Bulldogs lock horns in a Sunday afternoon (local time) MCG match-up.
What a coach Alastair Clarkson has been for a little over a decade and what a juggernaut Hawthorn Football Club still is, having missed the finals action just twice in that time while winning the flag on four occasions.
And after their classy display last week in their 32-point victory over the Crows, which saw the likes of James Worpel (27 disposals), Jaeger O’Meara (24) and Blake Hardwick (22) fill the void of Tom Mitchell’s absence, it seems once again the Hawks have a squad that will be fighting well into the latter weeks for a finals berth.
Two years on from their improbable Grand Final victory, is this finally the season that sees the Bulldogs wake up from their Premiership hangover and revisit the ‘gun and run’ days of that 2016 journey? If so, it will be a fun year to be watch them play.
The Dogs struggled last year when it came to inside 50s – averaging 52 per game. Already there is a huge improvement in 2019, with 68 against the Swans in the opening round seeing them lead the competition.
The last time the Bulldogs beat the Hawks was in a semi final of that 2016 season, and even though Hawthorn have won nine of the last ten H2H matches, this contest shapes as a beauty.
Players to watch: James Sicily (Hawks) is fast becoming his team’s most important defender, last week he kept one of the best forwards in the game (Taylor Walker) goalless when playing on him. His duel against young gun Billy Gowers (Bulldogs) looms as a important factor this week.
Stat attack: Hawthorn have covered the line in 15 of their last 25 matches.
The Bulldogs had just 20 hitouts last week, ranking them last in the competition.
Luke Breust kicked a career-best six goals in the corresponding match last year, four of those where in the first term.