Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Grand Final Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Tips

Melbourne battles it out against the Western Bulldogs for the 2021 AFL premiership on Saturday evening at Optus Stadium.

Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Tips, Preview & Predictions 

Melbourne Demons vs Western Bulldogs free AFL tips, predictions and preview – The last time Melbourne won the minor premiership they won the flag (1964).

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Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Tips


  • Marcus Bontempelli has had 25+ disposals in 19 games this season, including twice against the Demons
  • Bayley Fritsch has kicked 2+ goals in seven of his last 10 matches, he’s also kicked at least 2 goals in both matches against the Dogs this season

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Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Match Details


🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Saturday September 25
⏰ Time: 5:15pm (AWST) | 7:15pm (AEST)
🏟 Stadium: Optus Stadium    

Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs 2021 Form (last five matches)


Demons (WWWWW)

  • RD 21: West Coast 63-72 Melbourne
  • RD 22: Melbourne 104-63 Adelaide
  • RD 23: Geelong 77-81 Melbourne
  • QF:       Melbourne 93-60 Brisbane
  • PF:        Melbourne 125-42 Geelong

Dogs (LLWWW)

  • RD 22: Hawthorn 64-37 Western Bulldogs
  • RD 23: Western Bulldogs 64-66 Port Adelaide
  • EF:        Western Bulldogs 86-43 Essendon
  • SF:        Brisbane 78-79 Western Bulldogs
  • PF:        Port Adelaide 45-116 Western Bulldogs

Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Head to Head (last five matches)


  • R19 2021: Demons 65-85 Dogs
  • R11 2021: Dogs 59-87 Demons
  • R13 2020: Dogs 80-52 Demons
  • R17 2019: Dogs 74-66 Demons
  • R17 2018: Demons 119-69 Dogs

Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Preview


The 2021 AFL Grand Final is finally upon us. Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs clash at Optus Stadium on Saturday the 25th of September in a do or die encounter.

The Demons dominated the Cats in one of the most one-sided preliminary finals of all time.

Melbourne ran over the top of Geelong in virtually every facet of the match. They dominated the scoreboard with 18 more scorings shots in an 83-point triumph.

Although, it would have been the defensive stability and pressure from Simon Goodwin’s outfit that would have pleased him the most, keeping the Cats to a mere 26.2% efficiency when going inside 50.

One of the most dangerous threats that the Demons possess is their incredible raw talent and depth in the midfield. Not only do they win the ball and provide excellent service, but they also contribute with goals of their own.

Much of Melbourne’s scores last week against the Cats were generated from stoppages. Captain Max Gawn contributed with five of his own, whilst Christian Petracca finished with three scoring shots.

In the most previous meeting between the two sides in Round 19, it was the Dogs who capitalised the most on their chances in their 20-point victory to then go to the top of the ladder.

Melbourne will be eager to win their first Grand Final since 1964, which is currently the longest premiership drought of any side in the AFL (57 years). However, history is on their side. The last time they won a minor premiership, they went on to win the flag, which is also their latest premiership.

Similarly, the Bulldogs cruised past Port Adelaide in a power outage at Adelaide Oval.

Despite not being able to train in Adelaide for the lead up of their biggest game of the season due to South Australian COVID-19 restrictions. The Doggies set the standards from the first bounce, kicking the first five goals of the match, and never looked back. Can the midfield depth of Luke Beveridge’s side limit the influence of the Demons midfield?

The Western Bulldogs have seemed to hit form at the right time, winning all their finals matches in style. After the injury to leading goalkicker Josh Bruce, it looked like they struggled to deal with the forward line mix and structure.

Following Bruce’s injury, they suffered losses to Essendon (13 points), Hawthorn (27 points) and Port Adelaide (two points) to finish the home and away season.

It should be mentioned that the Western Bulldogs are the only team to win a premiership after finishing the season outside the top four since 1998. They like being the underdog and will have to repeat that feat on Saturday.

The bye break before the big dance will come in handy for the injured Bulldog players. Alex Keath looks likely to be in contention for the clash following his hamstring injury, as well as the return of Cody Weightman from concussion. However, Laitham Vandermeer looks unlikely after suffering a hamstring injury against the Power.

Although both teams possess great qualities throughout every nook and cranny of their team, I believe it’s the Demons time in the spotlight after many years in the dark. However, it looks to be a tight contest, unlike the preliminary finals.

Demons vs Dogs Team News


Melbourne have named an unchanged line-up from the side that dominated the Cats in the Preliminary Final for Saturday’s match.

The Bulldogs have made two changes, with Alex Keath and Cody Weightman both returning from injuries. Laitham Vandermeer and Ryan Gardner are the ones to miss out on the 2021 Grand Final.

The two sides last met in Round 19, which saw the Dogs win by 20 points.

Demons vs Dogs Stats


  • Melbourne have won their last six matches
  • The last time Melbourne won the minor premiership they won the flag (1964)
  • The Dogs last premiership was in 2016
  • Marcus Bontempelli has had 25+ disposals in 19 games this season, including twice against the Demons
  • Bayley Fritsch has kicked 2+ goals in seven of his last 10 matches, he’s also kicked at least 2 goals in both matches against the Dogs this season

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