GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs Elimination Final Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Giants to keep hopes alive

Adam Cusworth 30 Aug 2019
  • The Giants and the Bulldogs face each other in a sudden death finals clash. 
  • Here is our preview of the Saturday afternoon Elimination Final. 

The GWS Giants take on the Western Bulldogs in the second of the AFL Elimination Finals. 

The Saturday September 7 encounter gets underway at 3.20pm AEST at Giants Stadium and all the action can be seen on Channel 7 and Foxtel. 

Match Preview


GWS finished the home and away season in 6th position with 13 wins, while the Western Bulldogs ended in 7th with 12 victories. 

However, it is the Bulldogs with the superior recent form. The 2016 premiers head in with a three game winning streak and have averaged a whopping 128 points in those games. They come off a 34 point victory over Adelaide in Round 23, while the week prior they defeated GWS at Giants Stadium by 61 points. . 

Following the loss to the Dogs, the Giants have since registered a 72 point victory over the lowly Gold Coast. Jeremy Cameron starred with nine goals in that win and subsequently took out the Coleman Medal for most goals by a player in the season. Cameron was absent fro the Giants line up in the Round 22 match against the Dogs. 

For the home side to turn the tables on the Dogs they will need to restrict their scoring. Leon Cameron will need his side to nullify the Dogs inside 50 dominance as they conceded 63 of these in the Round 22 outing. 

Look for Toby Greene, Lachie Whitfield and Tim Taranto to have a say on proceedings in the middle. That trio will need to match the likes of Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae, who were rewarded for their fine seasons with All-Australian selection.

Selection News


Toby Greene and Jacob Hopper are likely inclusions for GWS. Nick Haynes is in doubt with a throat injury that was sustained the last time the two sides met. Brett Deledio is unlikely to return from a calf strain, while Stephen Coniglio remains on the sidelines. 

Tory Dickson is a chance to return for the Western Bulldogs, while it remains to be seen if Tom Liberatore can come up in time as he recovers from a knee injury. 

Match Odds


GWS Giants $2.05
Western Bulldogs $1.77

*correct at the time of writing


Stats


The two sides met as recently as Round 22 this season and in that game the Bulldogs piled on 10 goals to none in the last half to win by 61 points. Josh Dunkley and Jack Macrae were among the better performers for the winners. That game was held at Giants Stadium. 

Prior to that, GWS won the last three games between the two sides. The two sides featured in a memorable 2016 Preliminary Final that saw the Dogs win by six points at the venue. GWS have won six of their eight Giants Stadium games in 2019. The Bulldogs have registered just two wins from five interstate appearances this season. 

Prediction and Tips


GWS can bounce back from their Round 22 loss. 


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