Melbourne is set to kick start the 2022 AFL Premiership season in a Grand Final replay against the Western Bulldogs on Wednesday night at the MCG.
Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Tips, Preview & Predictions
Melbourne Demons vs Western Bulldogs free AFL expert tips, predictions and preview – Melbourne defeated the Dogs in the Grand Final by 74 points.
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Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: AFL
🗓 Date: Wednesday March 15
⏰ Time: 7:10pm (AEST)
🏟 Stadium: MCG
Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs 2022 Form (last five matches)
- PS: Carlton 98-93 Melbourne
- PS: Western Bulldogs 80-86 Brisbane
Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Head to Head (last five matches)
- GF 2021: Demons 140-66 Dogs
- R4 2021: Demons 65-85 Dogs
- R11 2020: Dogs 59-87 Demons
- R20 2019: Dogs 80-52 Demons
- R8 2019: Dogs 74-66 Demons
Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Preview
The 2022 AFL Premiership season has finally returned. The Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs clash at the home of footy on Wednesday to kick-start the season in the inaugural Grand Final replay to begin the season.
The Demons will be looking to go back-to-back in this campaign, something they haven’t been able to say since their premiership triumph in 1964. They enter the season the favourites and for good reason.
They have managed to recruit extremely well in the off-season, without losing any of their starting team that faced the Dogs in last year’s Grand Final. In fact, it has only been bolstered by the free signing of Luke Dunstan from St Kilda.
Although they fell short in the AAMI Community series match against the optimistic Blues, I wouldn’t look too much into it. They did show plenty of good signs and tore apart Carlton in the second half to almost salvage a result after being down by nine goals.
Similarly, the Dogs also lost their pre-season match by a kick in a highly competitive match at Marvel Stadium against fellow premiership contenders Brisbane.
The retirement of Easton Wood at the conclusion of last season is set to raise a few eyebrows on who is going to lead that defence in the tough patches throughout the match. Meanwhile, you’d think that Aaron Naughton will have to have a big influence if the Dogs are of any chance to kick a winnable score.
Melbourne won two of the three meetings between these sides last season, although they lost the only match at the MCG. However, I do believe it will be the reigning premiers that come out on top in this encounter on Wednesday night.
Demons vs Dogs Stats
- Melbourne have won their last eight premiership matches
- Melbourne defeated the Dogs in the Grand Final by 74 points
- Both sides lost their pre-season matches
- Jake Lever has had 15+ disposals in all three games against the Dogs last year
- Marcus Bontempelli has had 25+ disposals in his last seven at the G’
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