Start date: 23. Mar 2019, 10:25
Location: Melbourne Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Shaun Ryan
NAME: Western Bulldogs – Sydney Swans
DATE: March 23, 2019
TIME: 08:25 UTC
VENUE: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne , Australia
My prediction for this game
Western Bulldogs are very good at the Etihad Stadium but their pre-season was very weak.
Bulldogs lost 2 of 2 games against mid-table teams
After winning the Title in 2016 Bulldogs has big problems and didn’t play in playoffs for 2 years.
Sydney Swans are more stable team and Swans was in top 8 in 2017 and 2018 (both times they were 6th).
Also Sydney has better pre-season (1-1)
My prediction for this game: match will played on the Etihad Stadium, but Sydney Swans are much better team now and they will win the match.
My bet: Swans to win with asian handicap -11.5 in Bet365 for @1.91
Match preview and statistical info
Perennial finals campaign participants for the last decade the Sydney Swans, begin their season with an away contest when they journey south to take on the Western Bulldogs under the cover of the Marvel Stadium roof.
The Swans enter 2019 with a Premiership window fast closing and having seven players on the list over the age of 30. Such a factor surely was a key reason why off season recruitment focused on young blood, including the steal of the draft in 18-year-old Nick Blakey.
The biggest problem, however, is the majority of those older players are still in the club’s best 22, therefore it is highly likely that it will be another year at least before there is any real changing of the guard from the old to the new.
After their 2016 success, last season was another year of disappointment for the Bulldogs (like in 2017) as they struggled to find the form, consistency and the mental aptitude that took them to a Premiership just two years earlier.
With the club having made little impact during the trade period, it seems coach Luke Beveridge is resting his faith in a team of youngsters (the Bulldogs are one of the youngest teams in the competition) to bring the club back up the ladder.
While fans know what they can expect from the likes of Lachie Hunter, Jack McCrae and Marcus Bontempelli, if the club’s younger, less experienced names do not step up to the plate, another losing year awaits.
Players to watch: At 32 years of age and with still four years of his nine-year contract remaining, Lance Franklin (Swans) will be under even extra scrutiny each and every match to see if father time is catching up with him faster than expected. His match-up against Bulldogs captain Easton Wood looms as a key contest for both team’s game plan.
Stat attack: The Swans have not missed finals action since 2009.
Not once in the last ten H2H matches have both teams scored above 100 points.
The Bulldogs have not finished the regular home and away season in the top four since 2010.
Sources: www.flashscore.com and www.sofascore.com