Australian Football League Live Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 23 math will be kick off at The Gabba Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Saturday 05 September 2015 online, 13.45 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Western Bulldogs look to lock in a home final with a win over the embattled Lions who are likely to win their first wooden spoon.
The Lions have as many as eight of their best 22 out with injury with Jack Redden likely to have played his last game for the embattled club. Ruckman Matthew Leuenberger could return from a knee injury this weekend. The Bulldogs have just three of their best 22 on the injury list and could rest some stars ahead of the finals.
The Lions are last on the ladder and must pull off an unlikely upset in order to avoid winning the wooden spoon. They have lost their last two games by a combined total of 159-points. Brisbane is 0-8 (4-4 against the line) vs top eight teams this year. The Dogs have won five of their last six games including an impressive display against the Roos last weekend. They are sixth on the ladder and hopeful of maintain that position in order to have a home final. The Bulldogs are 9-4 (8-5 against the line) vs bottom ten teams this year.
The Bulldogs and Brisbane have played 32 times since the merger with the Lions leading 17-15. Since 2010, Brisbane is 5-4 (4-5 against the line) vs the Bulldogs though the Doggies did beat them by 72-points in round 12 this year. Brisbane has won four out of the last six games between the pair. The Lions are 5-15 (9-11 against the line) at home in 2014-15. The Bulldogs are 8-16 both at the line and head-to-head when playing interstate from 2012-2015. They have lost four of their last five games in Brisbane. The last five match-ups between these two sides have all totalled over 181.5 points. Bulldogs forward Jake Stringer has kicked 18.8 in his last five games whilst Lachie Hunter averages 31 disposals per game in his last six matches. Tom Rockliff is averaging 35 disposals per game in the past five weeks. The Bulldogs are the only team in the league to have no player kick the first of the game more than once (10-players tied with one instance). Teams favoured by 30-points or more are 35-6 (20-21 against the line) in 2015.
The Lions are the only team in the league to have failed to win a game after leading at quarter-time (0-9). They are also a league-worst 2-2 when leading by 24-points or more during a game. The Bulldogs have won three times that they have been behind at half-time which is an equal second-best in the league.
The Dogs should tune up for finals with a thumping of a severely depleted Brisbane side. Their willingness to play on at all costs has been the catalyst for their recent big wins and as one of the best front running sides in the competition and they should have too much speed for the Lions. They have flogged Essendon, Port and Melbourne in the past six weeks and forwards Jake Stringer, Stewart Crameri, Tory Dickson and Jack Redpath should have a field day. After flogging the Lions, the Dogs will head into the finals full of confidence.
B: L.Dawson, D.Merrett, M.Paparone
HB: S.Mayes, H.Andrews, D.Rich
C: D.Zorko, A.Christensen, L.Taylor
HF: P.Hanley, D.McStay, J.Freeman
F: J.Green, B.Staker, J.Adcock
Foll: S.Martin, M.Robinson, T.Rockliff
Inter: R.Bewick, J.Clarke, T.Cutler, B.Evans
Emer: J.Watts, Z.O’Brien, H.Beasley
In: R.Bewick, B.Staker
Out: L.McGuane (knee), H.Beasley
B: J.Hamling, F.Roberts, Z.Cordy
HB: S.Biggs, E.Wood, J.Johannisen
C: T.Dickson, J.Macrae, S.Crameri
HF: L.Dahlhaus, J.Redpath, C.Daniel
F: L.Hunter, J.Stringer, L.Picken
Foll: J.Roughead, M.Wallis, M.Bontempelli
Inter: J.Grant, M.Honeychurch, L.Webb, B.Goodes
Emer: T.Campbell, L.Jong, D.Pearce
In: F.Roberts, C.Daniel, B.Goodes
Out: M.Boyd (general soreness), R.Murphy (general soreness), D.Morris (general soreness)