AFL Live Western Bulldogs vs Adelaide Crows Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, AFL Round 4 Match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Sunday 26 April 2015 online, 16.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The ladder-leading Crows are riding high after three straight wins and will be looking to make it four against a determined Bulldogs outfit to finish round 4.
The Bulldogs have added Matthew Boyd, Easton Wood, Marcus Bontempelli, potential debutant Bailey Dale and feel-good-story of the weekend Clay Smith to their extended squad with Dale Morris (pectoral) and Mitch Wallis (back) both out. The Crows have included Mitch Grigg, Jarryd Lyons and Matt Crouch on their extended bench with no early omissions.
The Crows are 3-0 and lead the league in kicks and tackles per game, ranking second in points and second in least opponent inside 50s per game – a stat that shows just how dominant their full-ground press has been in their wins over North Melbourne, Collingwood and Melbourne. The Bulldogs are ninth on the ladder at 2-1 with wins over West Coast and Richmond before losing to Hawthorn in round 3. They rank second in tackles per game and 16th in kicks.
Patrick Dangerfield v Marcus Bontempelli – this would be a dream match up – seeing two of the most dynamic players in the league go head-to-head. In his second year, ‘The Bont’ is averaging 24.5 touches and 10 tackles per game whilst Danger is at 23.3 and over a goal per game. He will be looking to bounce back after a dirty day against Melbourne. Both of these players are genuine match-winners.
The Bulldogs lead the head-to-head match-up against Adelaide 21-18 in their 38 games. The Dogs have won five of their last eight against the Crows, including five of their last six games at Etihad Stadium dating back to 2005. Overall the Bulldogs are 6-2 vs Adelaide at Etihad. The Bulldogs are 11-18 (but 16-13 against the line) at Etihad Stadium since the start of 2013. The Crows are 4-3 both head-to-head and against the line at the venue since the start of 2012. Since 2010, the Bulldogs are 4-3 (4-3 against the line) vs Adelaide.
Full steam ahead for the Crows in this one. Their pressure has been second to none in 2015, have a class advantage in every area of the ground and play Etihad Stadium quite well (won four of their past six at the venue). The Bulldogs lack quality tall defenders so expect one of Jenkins or Walker to propel Adelaide to an easy win. Only complacency will stop them from winning this by over 40-points.
Western Bulldogs :
B Matthew Boyd, Jordan Roughead, Easton Wood
HB Robert Murphy, Michael Talia, Jason Johannisen
C Tory Dickson, Liam Picken, Jack Macrae
HF Luke Dahlhaus, Koby Stevens, Nathan Hrovat
F Jake Stringer, Tom Boyd, Stewart Crameri
FOLL Ayce Cordy, Lin Jong, Marcus Bontempelli
I/C Jarrad Grant, Clay Smith, Lukas Webb, Mitch Honeychurch,
EMG Will Minson, Bailey Dale, Brett Goodes
IN Matthew Boyd, Easton Wood, Marcus Bontempelli, Clay Smith
OUT Dale Morris (pectoral), Mitch Wallis (back), Will Minson (omitted), Brett Goodes
B David Mackay, Daniel Talia, Luke Brown
HB Jake Kelly, Kyle Hartigan, Rory Laird
C Ricky Henderson, Patrick Dangerfield, Brodie Smith
HF Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Nathan Van Berlo
F Richard Douglas, Taylor Walker, Tom Lynch
FOLL Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson
I/C Matthew Jaensch, Matthew Wright, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Jarryd Lyons
EMG Mitch Grigg, Charlie Cameron, Matt Crouch
IN Jarryd Lyons
OUT Charlie Cameron