Its danger signs as the reigning premiers are in danger of missing the finals this season.
The Western Bulldogs provided a true sporting fairytale when coming from nowhere to win the 2016 premiership, just the second in the club’s history.
This season though reality is hitting home for the Dogs and they are in grave danger of missing the finals.
Last week the Bulldogs put in their worst performance since coach Luke Beveridge took over against the Sydney Swans when eventually losing by 47 points. It is amazing the Bulldogs are favourite for this game looking at the recent form of both sides.
The Dogs have lost three of their last four matches; the only win in that time was against perennial underachievers St Kilda.
Melbourne has won two in a row and three of their past four matches and is only getting better.
The Dogs are not playing with the same chemistry as last season and their best player Marcus Bontempelli is either injured or out of form OR maybe even both.
We are anticipating the rising Demons will cause an upset to conclude Round 13 and love them at the Line where they are given as much as a 12.5 point start.
The Demons entered Round 13 sitting pretty in sixth place, but they have so much upside with the best ruckman in the competition Max Gawn returning from injury next week and health permitting, star forward Jesse Hogan will have a big second half to the year.
Going through the Melbourne fixtures for the rest of the season they are a great chance to make the finals and are still $1.85 @ bet365 to do so.
There is no limit on how far the Demons can go this season if they gel at the right time. For those punters who like making a premiership book, Melbourne is still $34 for the flag with Crownbet.
Christian Petracca booted three goals on Monday against Collingwood and looks a good bet to kick the most majors at big odds.
MELBOURNE +12.5 LINE
CHRISTIAN PETRACCA MOST GOALS