Australian Football League Live Western Bulldogs vs West Coast Eagles Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 01 match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 04 April 2015 online, 19.20pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Western Bulldogs vs West Coast Eagles Both sides missed the eight in 2014 with the Eagles poised to have a finals tilt this season. The Dogs are in a rebuilding phase and will have to find a way to win without their two best midfielders of last year.
The Eagles will unveil debutants Jackson Nelson and Tom Lamb against the Bulldogs with fellow youngster Dom Sheed also likely to play. They will be without key position stalwarts Jack Darling and Eric Mackenzie. The Bulldogs will have Tom Boyd make his debut for the club
The Bulldogs lost to Richmond and Melbourne before beating Collingwood in their final pre-season hit out whilst the Eagles beat Carlton before losing to Port Adelaide and Fremantle.
Josh Kennedy v Jarryd Roughead – the Eagles forward had a field day against the Bulldogs in recent times, kicking 26 goals in his last five matches including bags of 10 and 7. The 27-year old is one of the most accurate kicks for goal in the league, slotting 61.33 in 2014 and will need to be stopped if the Bulldogs are to win.
West Coast have an imposing recent record against the Dogs, having won five of their last seven encounters overall (6-1 against the line). The Bulldogs have won only one of their past five (1-4 against the line) Round 1 matches. The Eagles have gone 3-2 (2-3 against the line) since 2010 in Round 1. The Eagles are 5-5 (4-6 against the line) at Etihad Stadium since the start of 2012. Matthew Boyd has traditionally shredded Round 1 opponents, averaging 32 disposals in his opening match since 2009. Matthew Priddis averages 27 disposals against the Bulldogs in his last six games.
The Bulldogs are a tough team to judge with many experts expecting them to regress this season. They will struggle to fill the void left by Griffin and Liberatore in the midfield whilst are relying on the inexperienced Tom Boyd to do the bulk of the work up forward. That should pay off in the long run but potentially not tonight. Expect the Bulldogs to try to exploit West Coast’s lack of size and strength down back but The Eagles should have too much class in the middle and firepower up forward to get the job done.
B: Easton Wood, Jordan Roughead, Dale Morris
HB: Robert Murphy, Michael Talia, Matthew Boyd
C: Lin Jong, Jack Macrae, Liam Picken
HF: Tory Dickson, Jack Redpath, Stewart Crameri
F: Jake Stringer, Tom Boyd, Luke Dahlhaus
Fol: Will Minson, Mitch Wallis, Marcus Bontempelli
I/C: Jarrad Grant, Mitch Honeychurch, Jason Johannisen, Brett Goodes
Emg: Nathan Hrovat, Koby Stevens, Ayce Cordy
New: Tom Boyd
West Coast Eagles:
B: Samuel Butler, Jeremy McGovern, Brad Sheppard
HB: Shannon Hurn, Mitchell Brown, Matt Rosa
C: Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo
HF: Chris Masten, Tom Lamb, Mark LeCras
F: Jamie Cripps, Josh J. Kennedy, Scott Lycett
Fol: Nic Naitanui, Matt Priddis, Sharrod Wellingham
I/C: Jackson Nelson, Patrick McGinnity, Scott Selwood, Dom Sheed
Emg: Jamie Bennell, Kane Lucas, Simon Tunbridge
New: Tom Lamb, Jackson Nelson