Geelong Cats v Western Bulldogs Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Cats to win at home

Trent Orwin 15 May 2019
  • Geelong host Western Bulldogs on Saturday
  • The Cats are a game clear on top of ladder

Ladder-leaders Geelong Cats host the Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.

The Round 9 match will be broadcast live on Fox Footy with the first bounce scheduled for 4:35pm AEST.

Match Preview


Geelong enter Round 9 one-game clear of Collingwood with seven wins and one loss for the season. Their percentage is 145.6%. The Western Bulldogs sit 10th on the ladder with four wins and four losses. 

The Cats were 24-point victors over North Melbourne last round. They have been dominant at home with a 58-point demolition of the West Coast Eagles in Round 6. They did lose to GWS Giants in Round 4, but smashed Melbourne by 80 points in Round 2.

The Dogs come off a 16-point win over the Brisbane Lions at Mars Stadium last week. Their recent record against the Cats isn’t good reading, except for last year. 

Geelong are playing a controlled brand of footy at the moment and they have threats at both ends of the ground, as well as the middle. Key forward Tom Hawkins has kicked nine goals from his last three games, including four against the Kangaroos. Tim Kelly has put together back-to-back 30+ possession games and kicked two goals in both of them. 

The Cats depth all over the ground looks the key to success and while the Dogs have some star players of their own, they don’t have the depth to match the Cats. 

Team News


Geelong captain Joel Selwood will need to pass a fitness test after missing the last two rounds with leg soreness. Sam Menegola will also need to pass a fitness test. Gary Rohan suffered a concussion against North Melbourne and will be assessed before a decision is made. 

Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English will need to prove that he is right to play. Not much else to report for the Dogs at the moment.

Match Odds


Geelong Cats $1.20
Western Bulldogs $4.60

* Correct at time of writing

Stats


Last 5: Geelong 4, Western Bulldogs 1
Bulldogs defeated the Cats by two points in 2018
Geelong average 14 more hit-outs than the Dogs for 2019

Prediction and Tips


Geelong are in red-hot form and should easily account for the Western Bulldogs at home.


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