A For the first time in a long time Geelong find themselves are the outsiders.
It is so rare in fact that it has not been the case in any of their past 31 matches, but after losing three straight games and looking most lacklustre in the process, that is now the case for this vital clash to start Round 9.
The Cats started the year with a bang winning their first give game of the season before losing their way and they simply must rebound in front of their fanatical home crowd.
There is no denying that Geelong finds a length at Simonds Stadium where they went 7-1 at the ground last season and have won 11 of their past 12 matches.
Cats fans will be excited by the fact they have a magnificent record against the Bulldogs having won 10 straight against them.
The Dogs, however, have been a totally different side since Luke Beveridge took charge and after winning the flag last season, the Dogs look primed for another tilt at September.
These teams played a classic in this fixture last season with the Cats eventually prevailing by 25 points but the Bulldogs suffered several key injuries in the game which was detrimental to their winning chances.
Although injuries have once again interrupted their campaign, Western Bulldogs have depth to their squad and have the capacity to cover for injuries like no other side in the competition.
This will be a fiercely contested game which will suit the Geelong midfielders and that is where we anticipate they will find the ascendency and get their season back on track with a win.
Patrick Dangerfield was amazing when these sides played last.
Dangerfield had a game high 33 disposals and kicked three goals and looked to have returned to form last week against the Bombers in an inspirational final quarter which nearly carried the Cats to a come from behind victory.
We will know much more about the Geelong after this clash but they are irresistible odds on a ground they have made a fortress.
Dangerfield had 30 disposals last week and booted a couple of goals and should be good for that tally once again.
GEELONG UNDER 39.5