It does not get more lopsided than the reigning premiers against the wooden spoon favourites.
After an upset win against Gold Coast in Round 1 the Brisbane Lions are making it clear why they are favourite to win the ‘Wooden Spoon’ in 2017.
Brisbane has subsequently lost by 27, 31 and 52 points and alarmingly is already starting to look like a disinterested side not prepared to tackle or run hard when they don’t have the ball.
They run into a Bulldogs side who will be keen to blow out a few cobwebs after a workmanlike come –from-behind victory against North Melbourne last week where Luke Dahlhaus collected 32 touches, the most of any Bulldogs player.
Dahlhaus is again listed in Group B this week and looks a wise bet.
The sides met once last season in Round 5 at Etihad Stadium with the Bulldogs slamming home 20 goals to win by 53 points.
During the Dogs big win they dominated the midfield with Koby Stevens, Mitch Wallis, Lachie Hunter and Matthew Boyd all recording over 30 disposals.
The Bulldogs are expected to win the game handsomely and rack up plenty of touches while doing so. Feel free to take advantage of the Sportsbet 30/3 market where you can back a player to get 30 or more touches into a player to kick three goals or more.
The one we think represents the best value is Lachie Hunter/Jake Stringer, although as plenty of Dogs players promise to get 30 touches or more, mix and match with the forwards.
Brisbane has really struggled outside of Victoria since the start of last season and have won just one game from 10 and that one victory came against an Essendon side who were missing most of their key players through suspension.
The Bulldogs will win this game comfortably and as a result there are some solid betting opportunities, particularly with bookmakers who give you the option of moving the line.
When the sides met last Marcus Bontempelli had 20 possessions, kicked two goals and had 80 Dream Team points. He is in better form this time around and should cover the over 88.5 points with Crownbet at $1.88.
UNDER 189.5 points.
LACHIE HUNTER MOST DISPOSALS (GROUP B)