This is the highly anticipated clash between last year’s grand finalists.
The teams that clashed in the 2016 decider kick things off in Round 12 with a vital game for both clubs at the SCG.
Sydney were touted as premiership fancies this season, but they have been horrendous and currently sit 16th on the ladder with just three victories to their name.
We are surprised the Swans are favourites ($1.93 @ bet365) on the back of a horrible loss to Hawthorn in Round 10 where they could only manage to score 75 points in perfect conditions.
If the Sydney Swans are going to charge into the finals they simply cannot put a foot wrong between now and the end of the season; losses to Collingwood and Hawthorn at home by a goal or less and losing to Carlton may mean that it is too far back for them.
The worst thing for the Swans is that their elite players are playing well.
Lance Franklin has been in golden touch lately kicking four goals against St Kilda and five against Hawthorn. In the loss to Hawthorn Dan Hannebery had a game high 35 disposals with Josh Kennedy getting 33.
The fact that their stars are shining and they are still losing is a huge cause for concern.
If you fancy Sydney to charge into finals contention they are $4.50 and $34 to win the premiership with the Bulldogs $7.50 to go back-to-back.
The Western Bulldogs come into this game back in the top 8 after dismantling a highly touted St Kilda team by 40 points, holding the Saints to just 50 points as their pressure looks to be back to the level it was last year.
The Dogs are building momentum and we give them a tremendous chance of causing the upset and beating Sydney and then with matches coming up against Melbourne, North Melbourne and West Coast all at Etihad Stadium they should string together a five-game winning streak.
Sydney is favourite due to their reputation and not form, but alarmingly for the Swans is that the Bulldogs have won four straight games against them and are starting to hit form with Sydney going the other way.
Look for the Bulldogs to suffocate the slow Sydney midfield. Off the back of that the Total Points Under 172.5 ($1.50 @ bet365) looks good.
Power forward Lance Franklin kicked five goals against Hawthorn last match and looks a good bet to be right in the mix for a bag of goals again.
WESTERN BULLDOGS +4.5 LINE
WESTERN BULLDOGS 1-39 WINNING MARGIN