AFL 2014 Live Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne,Sunday 24 August 2014 online, Time 15:20 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The charging Swans head to Melbourne to meet a Bulldogs side who should be looking to atone from a disappointing loss to North last weekend.
The Dogs have struggled in recent weeks losing three of their last four games (all against finals-bound teams). They’re 14th on the ladder and are perhaps tiring towards the end of the year. They have a 0-9 record (4-5 against the line) vs top-eight sides this year. The Swans, on the other hand, are on top of the ladder with a 16-4 record having bounced back from their loss to Hawthorn with three straight wins. They’re 9-1 (7-3 against the line) vs non-top eight sides this year.
The Dogs put up a gallant effort in round 19 last year when these two sides met last. Kieren Jack had 30 disposals and two goals to earn the three Brownlow votes whilst Kurt Tippett kicked six goals to get a solitary Brownlow vote. Ryan Griffen did as he pleased for the Dogs with 41 touches in the 35-point defeat.
The Bulldogs and the Swans have met 153 times with the Doggies holding a 77-75 advantage with one draw. The Swans have had the wood over them recently having won six in a row and their only two meetings at Etihad Stadium. The Bulldogs are 10-16 (but 15-11 against the line) at the venue since the start of last year. Sydney is 5-1 (4-2 against the line) under the roof since the start of 2012. The Dogs haven’t beaten the Swans since the 2010 semi-final. Lance Franklin averages a tick over 3 goals per game as a Swan and has kicked 20 goals in his last four games – including nine last week. The Bulldogs defense does not have a great record against tall forwards this year conceding a few bags of goals; Carlisle (8), Cloke (6), Henderson (5), Lynch (4), Riewoldt (4), Darling (4).
B Liam Picken, Jordan Roughead, Mark Austin
HB Robert Murphy, Dale Morris, Shaun Higgins
C Jason Johannisen, Matthew Boyd, Adam Cooney
HF Marcus Bontempelli, Stewart Crameri, Koby Stevens
F Luke Dahlhaus, Jake Stringer, Daniel Giansiracusa
FOL Tom Campbell, Ryan Griffen, Tom Liberatore
I/C Jack Macrae, Nathan Hrovat, Lin Jong, Ayce Cordy
EMG Jason Tutt, Lachie Hunter, Sam Darley
IN Jack Macrae, Nathan Hrovat, Lin Jong, Ayce Cordy
OUT Jarrad Grant (omitted), Will Minson (omitted), Lachie Hunter, Sam Darley
B Dane Rampe, Ted Richards, Nick Smith
HB Jarrad McVeigh, Heath Grundy, Gary Rohan
C Nick Malceski, Luke Parker, Lewis Jetta
HF Adam Goodes, Lance Franklin, Jake Lloyd
F Sam Reid, Kurt Tippett, Harry Cunningham
FOL Mike Pyke, Dan Hannebery, Kieren Jack
I/C Shane Biggs, Jeremy Laidler, Tom Mitchell, Rhyce Shaw
EMG Tim Membrey, Toby Nankervis, Dean Towers
IN Nick Smith, Tom Mitchell, Rhyce Shaw
OUT Craig Bird (Knee), Josh Kennedy (Hamstring), Dean Towers