Australian Football League Live Western Bulldogs vs Fremantle Dockers Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 07 math will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Sunday 17 May 2015 online, 13.10pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The undefeated Fremantle Dockers take on the surprise packets of the 2015 season in the game that has caused the A-League headaches all year. The Dogs looking to bounce back after a horrific capitulation against St Kilda in round 6.
The Dogs are without Tom Liberatore and the unlucky Clay Smith from their best 22 whilst the Dockers welcome back Luke McPharlin to only be missing Zac Dawson from their best side.
The Dogs are amongst a host of teams at 4-2 ranking second in tackles but 14th in disposals per game. They rank 8th in attack and 9th in defence this season having beaten all finals contenders Sydney, West Coast, Richmond and Adelaide. The Dockers are 6-0 and rank 4th in scoring and 1st in least points conceded this season conceding a measly 62-points per game in 2015. They’ve beaten finals chances Port Adelaide, West Coast, Geelong, Sydney and Essendon this season.
The Dogs and Freo have played each other 25 times with the Bulldogs leading 14-11. Fremantle have won four of the last five games but before that the Bulldogs had won six in a row. Freo is 4-2 both head to head and against the line vs the Bullodgs, since 2010. The Dockers are 20-15-1 (21-15 against the line) when playing away from Perth under Ross Lyon. The Bulldogs are 12-19 (but 17-14 against the line) at Etihad Stadium since the start of 2013. The Dockers are 7-2 (6-3 against the line) at Etihad Stadium under Lyon. Four of the past five match-ups have totalled under 169.5 points. Matthew Boyd average 38.3 possessions per game in his last three matches against the Dockers.
The Dogs have a manic approach to pressure and that will have to be through the roof to contend against Fremantle. The Dockers have a dominant recent record both at Etihad and against the Dogs and if they bring their current form on Sunday, then this line is simply too small. Their midfield has a physical advantage over the young Bulldogs whilst the Dogs won’t be able to move the ball as they like due to Fremantle’s full ground press.
B Matthew Boyd, Jordan Roughead, Easton Wood
HB Robert Murphy, Michael Talia, Jason Johannisen
C Tory Dickson, Liam Picken, Koby Stevens
HF Mitch Honeychurch, Jake Stringer, Mitch Wallis
F Stewart Crameri, Tom Boyd, Luke Dahlhaus
FOLL Ayce Cordy, Lin Jong, Marcus Bontempelli
I/C FROM Lachie Hunter, Jack Macrae, Nathan Hrovat, Fletcher Roberts, Lukas Webb, Bailey Dale, Brett Goodes
IN Matthew Boyd, Mitch Wallis, Lin Jong, Bailey Dale
OUT Clay Smith (knee)
NEW Bailey Dale
B Cameron Sutcliffe, Luke McPharlin, Lee Spurr
HB Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, Stephen Hill
C Clancee Pearce, Nat Fyfe, Danyle Pearce
HF Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Michael Walters
F Zac Clarke, Chris Mayne, Matt Taberner
FOLL Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Lachie Neale
I/C FROM Michael Barlow, Paul Duffield, Alex Pearce, Nick Suban, Matt de Boer, Tommy Sheridan, Hayden Crozier
IN Luke McPharlin, Tommy Sheridan, Hayden Crozier