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Richmond Tigers vs Western Bulldogs Predictions & Tips - Dogs to maintain perfect record

  • Richmond Tigers vs Western Bulldogs predictions for Friday's AFL Round 7 match
  • The match is being played at the MCG (10.50am BST)
  • Richmond Tigers have lost 3 of their last 4 matches
  • Western Bulldogs are 6-0 for the season and tipped for another win
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Western Bulldogs are tipped to beat Richmond Tigers (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 29 Apr 2021
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Richmond Tigers vs Western Bulldogs Predictions


Western Bulldogs are the team to beat this season and a misfiring Richmond Tigers won't be up to the task. The reigning premiers aren't travelling with any real confidence and lose star man Dustin Martin for this one.

Although the Dogs are also injury hit, they are tipped to come through with a 1-39 point margin predicted.

  • Richmond Tigers have lost 3 of their last 4 matches.
  • Western Bulldogs have won 5 of their last 7 matches against Richmond Tigers.
  • Western Bulldogs are 6-0 for the season.
  • Western Bulldogs have won 9 of their last 10 matches.
  • Western Bulldogs have scored most points (631) and conceded fewest points (360) this season.

Head to Head


Western Bulldogs have won five of the last seven matches against Richmond Tigers since 2014.

The Dogs were 47-point winners in 2019, but did lose last year's clash by 41 points as the Tigers won 90-49 at Metricon Stadium. 

Richmond Tigers Form


Reigning premiers Richmond Tigers are 3-3 and bidding to avoid their worst start to a season since 2016.

Richmond were no match for the undefeated Melbourne Demons as they were beaten 82-48 at the MCG last weekend.

The Tigers have lost three of their last four matches having gone down to Sydney Swans and Port Adelaide over the last month.

Damien Hardwick's side did defeat St Kilda 134-48 following the loss to Power in Adelaide.

Richmond Tigers Team News


Dustin Martin and Kane Lambert both suffered injuries in the defeat to the Melbourne Demons.

Martin, who was marking his 250th game, is ruled out with concussion. A calf injury will sideline Lambert for a number of weeks.

The pair join Dion Prestia and Nick Vlastuin on the list of injury absentees.

Riley Collier-Dawkins comes into the Tigers side for his debut, two years after being Pick 20 in the 2018 draft.

Richmond Tigers Team List


B: D.Astbury, N.Balta, D.Grimes
HB: N.Broad, R.Mansell, J.Short
C: K.McIntosh, T.Cotchin, M.Pickett
HF: D.Rioli, S.Edwards, J.Aarts
F: T.Lynch, S.Bolton, J.Riewoldt
FOLL: T.Nankervis, J.Ross, J.Graham
I/C: B.Houli, R.Collier-Dawkins, J.Castagna, L.Baker
EMG: P.Naish, W.Martyn, C.Coleman-Jones, M.Rioli

Western Bulldogs Form


The Bulldogs made it 6-0 for the season with another impressive victory last weekend, this time in Canberra against the GWS Giants.

It was a physically tough night at the office for the Dogs as they came out battered and bruised from a 104-65 victory over GWS.

Luke Beveridge's side have notched up wins over Collingwood, West Coast Eagles, Essendon Bombers, Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast Suns and the Giants.

The Dogs lead both the scoring and fewest points conceded stats this season and there should be no stopping them.

Western Bulldogs Team News


The Bulldogs' win over the Giants came at a cost with Josh Dunkley (shoulder) and Lin Jong (hamstring) set for lenghty spells on the sidelines.

Tim English will also miss Friday's game through concussion suffered in friendly fire from Aaron Naughton. Laitham Vandermeer is also out and Lachlan McNeil is given a rest.

Patrick Lipinski, Josh Schache, Mitch Hannan and Rhylee West come into the Dogs side.

Number 1 draft pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan will have to wait for his debut after being listed among the emergencies.

Western Bulldogs Team List


B: T.Duryea, A.Keath, E.Wood
HB: C.Daniel, Z.Cordy, B.Dale
C: B.Smith, M.Bontempelli, L.Hunter
HF: A.Treloar, A.Naughton, R.West
F: J.Schache, J.Bruce, M.Hannan
FOLL: S.Martin, J.Macrae, T.Liberatore
I/C: A.Scott, J.Johannisen, H.Crozier, P.Lipinski
EMG: J.Ugle-Hagan, B.Khamis, L.McNeil, R.Smith

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Verdict

You simply can't go past the Western Bulldogs at present. With Richmond Tigers not quite at their best and missing Dustin Martin, the Dogs can continue winning ways.

Best Bet: Bulldogs Win Match Result @-192.31 at BetMGM - 5 Units
Value Bet: Bulldogs by 1-39 Winning Margin @105.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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