The reigning premiers must win to keep their season alive.
A mini final to be played at Mars Stadium in Ballarat that is of vital importance to both clubs.
After losing to Greater Western Sydney last Friday night by 48 points the Western Bulldogs must win both their remaining games this season if they are to make the finals.
The Bulldogs have Port Adelaide this week and Hawthorn in the final week of the season and are in serious danger of going from chocolates to boiled lollies and becoming the first team in a decade to win a premiership and then miss the finals the following season.
Last week the Bulldogs performance summed up their season. They dominated the first half but simply could not convert their chances into goals which ultimately came back to haunt them.
Unlike last season, teams are scoring against the Bulldogs on the counter attack and that is a strength of Port Adelaide so expect Robbie Gray and Ollie Wines to both get plenty of opportunities as the Power look to move the ball quickly through the midfield and give these electric small forwards scoring opportunities.
Port Adelaide has been a strange case study this season, having not won a single game against a top eight side but are reliable coming up against the sides outside the eight. The latter has seen them win 12 games and look a good chance to officially end the Bulldogs season and keep their slim top four chances alive.
There is never much in the margin when these teams play each other and they have split their past four encounters.
We are surprised the Power are a betting outsider for this clash and are happy to be on them head to head or at the line where they are given a small start.
If you anticipate the Power can provide nuisance value they are $17 to win the flag with William Hill.
Chad Wingard had a game high 32 disposals last week and looks a good bet for the most.
PORT ADELAIDE AT THE LINE
CHAD WINGARD MOST DISPOSALS