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Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Predictions & Tips - Power to make home advantage count

  • Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs predictions for Saturday's AFL Round 9 match
  • The match is being played at Adelaide Oval (10.40am BST)
  • Port Adelaide have won 4 of the last 5 matches against Western Bulldogs
  • Power are tipped to edge the 2nd vs 3rd clash
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Port Adelaide are tipped to edge the Western Bulldogs in a blockbuster (Getty)
Freetips staff 14 May 2021
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Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Predictions

It is 2nd vs 3rd this Saturday as the third-placed Power host the second-placed Bulldogs in Adelaide. Port Adelaide are tipped to edge a blockbuster with a strong record against the Dogs. 

  • Both sides bounced back from Round 7 defeats with victories last weekend.
  • Port Adelaide have won 4 of the last 5 matches against Western Bulldogs.
  • Port Adelaide won the last match 55-42 against the Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval.

Head to Head

This will be the third year in a row that the Bulldogs have had to travel to Adelaide to face Power, but they have split the last two meetings at Adelaide Oval.

Western Bulldogs were 66-41 winners in 2019 before losing 55-42 last year. That victory in 2019 is the Dogs' only win in the last five head to heads.

Port Adelaide Form

The Power are coming off a comfortable win 87-38 against cross town rivals Adelaide Crows in the Showdown last weekend. 

After a heated first quarter, Port Adelaide simply overpowered the Crows and put themselves back into the winner’s column after a Round 7 loss to Brisbane Lions.

Port are strong across the field in various statistics and figures, the problem is that the Bulldogs play a similar brand of football and are also leading the competition in the same categories. 

Port Adelaide Team News

Scott Lycett misses the game through suspension after being sent straight to the tribunal.

Dan Houston is sidelined with injury, meaning Peter Ladhams and Riley Bonner, has been a leader in the SANFL, come back in.

Luckless veteran Tom Rockliff has been hospitalised with a deep vein thrombosis. 

Port Adelaide Team List

B: R.Burton, T.Clurey, A.Aliir
HB: H.Hartlett, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones
C: W.Drew, O.Wines, K.Amon
HF: O.Fantasia, T.Marshall, S.Motlop
F: C.Rozee, C.Dixon, R.Gray
FOLL: P.Ladhams, T.Boak, S.Powell-Pepper
I/C: M.Bergman, R.Bonner, K.Farrell, M.Georgiades
EMG: M.Frederick, S.Hayes, T.McKenzie, S.Mayes

Western Bulldogs Form

The Bulldogs rallied in the final quarter to runaway as the 107-91 victors against a surprisingly competitive Carlton side last week.

The Dogs kicked eight goals in a row to stun the Blues and hold onto second place, with a 7-1 record and only one win behind the undefeated Melbourne Demons.

The Bulldogs have become one of the most explosive midfields in the competition and lead all teams in disposals, clearances, goals and marks inside 50. 

Western Bulldogs Team News

Lachie Hunter is a major out after hand surgery this week.

Ruckman duo Stefan Martin and Tim English missed last match and are both still ruled out this week.

Bailey Williams, Cody Weightman and Roarke Smith all come into the side, with Adam Treloar, Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and Tom Liberatore all surprisingly named on the bench.

Aaron Naughton is listed to start at half back and Easton Wood at half forward in a unforeseen move by Luke Beveridge.

Western Bulldogs Team List

B: B.Smith, A.Keath, B.Williams
HB: J.Johannisen, A.Naughton, P.Lipinski
C: C.Weightman, B.Dale, R.Smith
HF: M.Hannan, E.Wood, L.McNeil
F: A.Scott, J.Bruce, J.Sweet
FOLL: Z.Cordy, C.Daniel, T.Duryea
I/C: A.Treloar, M.Bontempelli, J.Macrae, T.Liberatore
EMG: Le.Young, R.West, L.Butler, H.Crozier

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This has the capabilities of being a real blockbuster. Power have a strong head to head record against the Dogs and are tipped to win.

Best Bet: Port Adelaide Win To Win @-147.06 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Port Adelaide by 1-39 Winning Margin @115.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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