AFL Live St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 02 Match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 02 April 2016 online, 07.25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
St Kilda were brave in defeat over at Port Adelaide, but they’ll need more than gallantry to fight with against the most impressive team from Round 1, the Western Bulldogs.
The Saints have dropped two young runners, Eli Templeton and Blake Acres, replacing them with former number one draft pick Paddy McCartin and small forward Jack Sinclair. Big man McCartin kicked seven goals in a VFL practice match last week.
The Western Bulldogs have made no change after their win against the Dockers, persisting with a fleet-footed line-up containing only three genuine talls – a full-forward, a full-back and a ruckman.
The Bulldogs couldn’t have been any more exciting in their Etihad Stadium domination of Fremantle in Round 1, which was the first of seven games in a row for them to open the season there. They attacked without fear, particularly in the first half, but were stout in defence too, only conceding five goals. St Kilda was involved in an old-fashioned shoot-out with Port in Adelaide, but ran out of legs in the last term, perhaps as a by-product of missing a NAB Challenge hit-out. They won six matches last year, but only one of their last nine.
These two teams split their matches, both at Etihad Stadium last season. In Round 6, St Kilda staged a remarkable comeback from being 55 points down in the third quarter to ultimately win the game. In the Round 13 re-match, the Saints held a half-time lead before being overrun. The Western Bulldogs have now won their last 10 matches at Etihad Stadium, building an imposing record. St Kilda had three wins from 12 starts there in 2015.
Jack Steven racked up 36 touches last week and is sold value ($4.50) to lead his group once again. The Bulldogs love chipping the ball around and maintaining possession. Matthew Boyd ($5.50) took eight marks last weeks because of this and presents as top value to lead the most marks. Another option to triple your money ($3.15) would be Lachie Hunter to have 30+ disposals. He had 31 last week and should tick over the 30 mark once again.
St Kilda has proven that the match up well against the Bulldogs, and their two matches last year were notable for significant momentum swings. They’re not an overly tall side, but have added an extra key position player, which is a surprise against their “run and gun” opposition. Will the emotion of Nick Riewoldt’s 300th game have any tangible effect?
The Saints were involved in a bruising, high-intensity encounter last week, while the Bulldogs were able to play the game on their terms. That may be telling late.
St Kilda Saints:
B Jarryn Geary, Sam Fisher, Dylan Roberton
HB Jack Newnes, Sean Dempster, Jimmy Webster
C Leigh Montagna, David Armitage, Shane Savage
HF Maverick Weller, Nick Riewoldt, Jack Billings
F Jack Lonie, Josh Bruce, Paddy McCartin
FOL Tom Hickey, Sebastian Ross, Jack Steven
I/C Luke Dunstan, Sam Gilbert, Jade Gresham, Jack Sinclair
EMG Eli Templeton, Blake Acres, Tom Lee
In: P.McCartin, J.Sinclair
Out: E.Templeton, B.Acres
B Matthew Boyd, Marcus Adams, Dale Morris
HB Matthew Suckling, Easton Wood, Shane Biggs
C Lachie Hunter, Tom Liberatore, Jason Johannisen
HF Liam Picken, Marcus Bontempelli, Jake Stringer
F Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Boyd, Robert Murphy
FOL Jordan Roughead, Jack Macrae, Mitch Wallis
I/C Toby McLean, Josh Dunkley, Koby Stevens, Caleb Daniel
EMG Tom Campbell, Joel Hamling, Jed Adcock