After being heavily raided in the off-season two years in a row, you might expect the Lions to be a shambles with very few good players left. Yet somehow they look to have accumulated one of the strongest midfields in the country.
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The Western Bulldogs squeezed past the Brisbane Lions by a margin of 14 points on Saturday night.
Western Bulldogs 16.11.107
Brisbane Lions 14.9.93
The Western Bulldogs will be hoping to send the Brisbane Lions to an 0-8 record so far in 2018 when the two teams meet in Round 8. Join The Roar for live scores from the match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, starting from 7:25pm AEST.
The Dogs have been an interesting team to follow so far in 2018 – they’re fielding the youngest side on average by a large way, but despite this have been relatively competitive.
Their first two weeks were atrocious football but they bounced back to win their first match of the season over Essendon in Round 3 but have been relatively competitive since.
The end result is a 3-4 record and they find themselves in the lower half of the ladder. Finals seems unlikely, but they’re doing well given the youth of the side.
Brisbane on the other hand have played some really good footy at times but generally not all together in one game and as a result they’ve had a winless start to the year.
They’ve lost two games by less than a goal, and then last week by seven points against Collingwood, a series of heartbreaking results.
Carlton’s win earlier today now makes Brisbane the only side in the league who are yet to win a game in the 2018 AFL season.
Marcus Bontempelli and Lukas Webb are in for the Bulldogs this week to replace Lin Jong and Tom English who have been dropped.
Nick Robertson is in for Brisbane after Jacob Allison was dropped.
Brisbane have a legitimate chance here but the return of Bontempelli plus the home ground advantage makes the Bulldogs favourites.
Western Bulldogs by 12.
Join The Roar for live scores from the match between the Western Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions in Round 8 of the 2018 AFL season at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, starting from 7:25pm AEST.