The Dogs need to win to keep their season alive.
The reigning premiers haven’t got warm this season but kept their hopes alive at another finals tilt with a workmanlike performance against Carlton last week, eventually getting over the line by 20 points.
Gold Coast were again spineless last week against Collingwood and showed they are not prepared to fight for a win when a game is on the line. The competition’s most irrelevant club has now lost back-to-back matches and four of their past five.
If this game was at Etihad Stadium then we would be tipping the Bulldogs to win by around 60 points, but after selling the game to Cairns it does somewhat even up the two sides due to the conditions and the fact the Bulldogs lost their home ground advantage.
These sides have played three times at the venue (Cazaly’s Stadium) with the Dogs winning on all three occasions. The most recent clash saw the Bulldogs prevail by 48 points and we are anticipating a similar score line here.
Marcus Bontempelli had 29 disposals in this fixture and showed a return to his best last week against Carlton with 30 touches and two vital goals. Remember the Bulldogs finished seventh last season at the end of the home and away season before winning their first premiership since 1954.
If the Dogs can manage to sneak into the finals they could again prove more than nuisance value and will have the confidence and belief to do so.
The Bulldogs are now $51 to win the flag with Luxbet and $3.10 to make the finals with Crownbet.
Jackson Macrae had 31 disposals against Carlton last Sunday and looks a good bet to rack up the touches again. He is a juicy $5.50 @ Sportsbet to notch up 35 or more.
BULLDOGS -18.5 LINE
JACKSON MACRAE 35 DISPOSALS OR MORE