Australian Football League Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Western Bulldogs Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 06 match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Docklands, Victoria, Australia, Friday 29 April 2016 online, 19.50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
AFL Round 6 gets underway on Friday night when the competition’s ladder leaders, North Melbourne, take on the 2nd placed Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.
The top of the table clash should be a beauty as the two sides seem to be very evenly matched and both play an attractive style of football. The bonus for the winner is that they will sit atop the ladder at the conclusion of the round.
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North Melbourne is the only unbeaten side in the competition this year and come off a 38 point win after defeating the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium in Round 5.
The Bulldogs have dropped just the one game, which was a thriller against the 2015 premiers, Hawthorn, by three points. Luke Beveridge’s side has since won their last two in comfortable fashion against both Carlton and the Brisbane Lions.
The Dogs are the best in the competition at finding the ball and are ranked No.1 in the competition for total disposals and uncontested possessions. They are also clean users of the footy and hit their targets 77% of the time, the greatest percentage of any side in the comp.
Mitch Wallis, Jackson Macrae and Lachie Hunter have been getting plenty of it, while the Dogs backline have set up a number of forward moves. However, the back six will be without Robert Murphy and Jason Johannisen, who have both gone down with injury in recent weeks, while Matt Suckling is in doubt.
The Bulldogs can trouble North Melbourne with their high possession game, but the Kangaroos should have an advantage in the middle. The All Australian ruckman, Todd Goldstein, will give his side first use and the Roos should get on top in the centre clearance count, an area where they are ranked No. 1 in the comp, compared to the Dogs, who are seventh.
Another feature of the Friday night clash will be the battle in North Melbourne’s forward half. The Roos have scored more than any side this year and average 122 points per game. Their tall timber including Jarrod Waite, Ben Brown and Drew Petrie will be dangerous overhead, but it the Dogs can bring the ball to ground level they have the ability to clear the ball quickly.
While the Roos have scored the most points in the competition thus far, the Bulldogs have conceded the least, a very impressive 57 points per game.
Ben Cunnington escaped suspension after kneeing Gary Ablett last weekend and is available, meaning that the Kangaroos shouldn’t be making too many changes to their lineup.
Matt Suckling will miss the next month of footy for the Dogs, while Caleb Daniel won’t return after missing last week with a calf complaint. Lukas Webb and Josh Dunkley are among those that could come into the Dogs 22.
The Western Bulldogs broke a run of seven straight losses to the Kangaroos when they knocked them over in Round 20 of last season by 23 points. Lachie Hunter and Jackson Macrae got plenty of the ball for the Dogs in that game, while Todd Goldstein was a massive presence for North and had 54 hitouts.
While the large amount of injuries at the kennel is some cause for concern, I am marking the Bulldogs on top in what should be one of the best games so far in 2016.
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B: M.Firrito, R.Tarrant, L.McDonald
HB: S.Wright, S.Thompson, S.Atley
C: S.Gibson, D.Wells, N.Dal Santo
HF: B.Brown, J.Waite, L.Thomas
F: B.Harvey, D.Petrie, S.Higgins
Foll: T.Goldstein, B.Jacobs, J.Ziebell
I/C: A.Swallow, B.Cunnington, J.Macmillan, K.Turner
EMG: L.Hansen, A.Mullett, M.Wood
B: M.Boyd, M.Adams, D.Morris
HB: J.Adcock, E.Wood, S.Biggs
C: L.Hunter, T.Liberatore, T.Dickson
HF: L.Picken, T.Campbell, K.Stevens
F: L.Dahlhaus, J.Stringer, T.McLean
Foll: J.Roughead, J.Macrae, M.Bontempelli
I/C: M.Wallis, F.Roberts, B.Dale, L.Jong
EMG: M.Honeychurch, K.Collins, J.Redpath
OUTS: M.Suckling (knee)