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North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Predictions & Tips - Dogs to feast on Kangaroos

  • North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs predictions for Friday's AFL Round 3 match
  • The match is being played at Marvel Stadium (6.20am BST)
  • North Melbourne have lost both games this season by 52 and 59 points
  • The Bulldogs are tipped to cover a huge handicap
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gary Emmerson 01 Apr 2021
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North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Predictions

North Melbourne have suffered two 50+ point defeats in the opening two weeks and another beckons. The Kangaroos are in for a long season and the Good Friday showdown with Western Bulldogs could get ugly.

The Dogs beat North by 49 points last season can be repeat that wide margin win.

  • North Melbourne have lost 16 of their last 17 matches.
  • North Melbourne have lost both games this season by 52 and 59 points.
  • Western Bulldogs have won 2 of their last 3 matches against North Melbourne. 
  • Western Bulldogs beat North Melbourne by 49 points last season.
  • Western Bulldogs have won 5 of their last 6 matches.

Head to Head

Western Bulldogs hold a 6-4 head to head record against North Melbourne over the last 10 clashes.

The Dogs handed out two heavy defeats on North last year, the first by 44 points in the pre-season Community Series and then by 49 points in the home and away season.

North Melbourne Form

North Melbourne have stuck their hand up as prime wooden spoon candidates in the opening two rounds.

The Kangaroos have gone down by 52 points to Port Adelaide in Round 1 and 59 points to Gold Coast Suns last weekend in Round 2.

North will welcome hosting a first home game, but their losing run spans greater than just this season. With just one win in the last 17 matches, the problems run deep.

North Melbourne Team News

Ben Cunnington will provide a big boost for North Melbourne as he returns. Cunnington hasn't played since the Roos lost to Western Bulldogs in Round 5.

Top draft pick Will Phillips is also named in the Kangaroos side as he makes his AFL debut.

Aiden Corr and Aiden Bonar are both ruled out through injury. Dom Tyson has been dropped.

North Melbourne Team List

B: B.Scott, B.McKay, S.Atley
HB: J.Ziebell, La.Young, J.Polec
C: C.Lazzaro, L.Davies-Uniacke, T.Powell
HF: K.Turner, J.Walker, J.Anderson
F: C.Zurhaar, N.Larkey, J.Stephenson
FOLL: T.Goldstein, B.Cunnington, J.Simpkin
I/C: J.Mahony, T.Thomas, W.Phillips, A.Hall
EMG: A.Bosenavulagi, D.Tyson, K.Hayden, T.Campbell

Western Bulldogs Form

Western Bulldogs have started the season in the fashion that was expected of them, with two wins in the bag for the premiership hopefuls.

The Dogs kicked things off by beating Collingwood by 16 points in Round 1.

The Bulldogs followed that last week with a thrilling come-from-behind victory at home to West Coast Eagles. 

Trailing by 13 points in the final quarter, they stormed home to win 100-93.

Western Bulldogs Team News

Last year's leading goalkicker Mitch Wallis has been dropped by the Bulldogs. Patrick Lipinski has also been left out.

Easton Wood returns from injury and is named on the interchange bench along with Jason Johannisen, who made his first appearance of the season as a substitute last weekend. 

Western Bulldogs Team List

B: B.Williams, R.Gardner, C.Daniel
HB: T.Duryea, A.Keath, B.Dale
C: L.Vandermeer, B.Smith, L.Hunter
HF: A.Treloar, A.Naughton, J.Dunkley
F: T.English, J.Bruce, M.Bontempelli
FOLL: S.Martin, J.Macrae, T.Liberatore
I/C: A.Scott, J.Johannisen, L.McNeil, E.Wood
EMG: Le.Young, R.West, P.Lipinski, L.Jong

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This should be a case of the Bulldogs by how many. There is a big gulf in class between the Dogs and the Roos and that should be evident on Friday. 

Back the Bulldogs to cover -44.5 and take the value for a winning margin of 49-60 points.

Best Bet: Bulldogs -44.5 Handicap @-109.89 at Unibet - 3 Units
Value Bet: Bulldogs by 49-60 Alternative Winning Margin @450.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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