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Western Bulldogs vs Geelong Cats Tips & Preview - Dogs tipped to edge past the Cats

02 Jun 2023
Ben Darvill 02 Jun 2023
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  • Western Bulldogs vs Geelong Cats predictions for Saturday's AFL Round 12 match (19:25 AEST)
  • Can the Cats get back to winning ways?
  • Or will the Dogs bounce back from last weekend's loss?
Geelong Cats and the Western Bulldogs (Getty Images)
Geelong Cats and the Western Bulldogs (Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs vs Geelong Cats Predictions

The Western Bulldogs were consigned to a shock 84-77 defeat at the hands of the struggling Gold Coast Suns to see their winning-run brought to an end. 
  • Western Bulldogs vs Geelong Cats Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Western Bulldogs Form 
  • Western Bulldogs Team News
  • Western Bulldogs Team List
  • Geelong Cats Form
  • Geelong Cats Team News
  • Geelong Cats Team List

The Geelong Cats have now gone three without a win following their 81-74 loss to the GWS Giants in their last clash, but can they bounce back and quieten the Dogs' bark? 

Head to Head

The Cats have won eight of their last 10 against the Bulldogs including their last four matches in a row. The Dogs have only won twice in the last 10 matchups between the sides.

Western Bulldogs Form 

The Western Bulldogs will have been hugely frustrated to have seen their five-game winning run brought to an end in a tight 84-77 loss to the Gold Coast Suns. 

While a single defeat will not define the Bulldogs and their season, the Suns were hardly a side they thought would end such a positive run of form. 

Now, the Bulldogs need to lean on their excellent home form in the AFL that has seen them win their last three in a row in front of their own fans. 

Western Bulldogs Team News

The Bulldogs see Adam Treloar return from a hamstring issue, with Lachlan McNeill and Mitch Hannan left out.

Western Bulldogs Team List

B: T.Duryea, L.Jones, T.O’Brien
HB: B.Dale, R.Gardner, E.Richards
C: A.Scott, M.Bontempelli - C, B.Williams
HF: J.Macrae, A.Naughton, C.Daniel
F: C.Weightman, J.Ugle-Hagan, R.Lobb
FOLL: T.English, A.Treloar, T.Liberatore
I/C: J.O’Donnell, A.Jones, O.Baker, B.Smith
EMG: L.McNeil, A.Keath, L.Vandermeer, M.Hannan

Geelong Cats Form

The Geelong Cats are enduring another torrid run of form that has seen them slip down to 10th on the ladder with six defeats in 11 games. 

Defeats at the hands of the Richmond Tigers, Fremantle Dockers and GWS Giants means a five-game winning run now feels like a long time ago.

With four defeats in five away games this term, it does not feel like the Cats are set up to win this one. Of course, standing victorious in eight of their last 10 against the Bulldogs means the Cats have something to lean on. 

Geelong Cats Team News

The Cats are without Esava Ratugolea after he sustained a hamstring injury. In better news, Gary Rohan (hamstring) returns although Patrick Dangerfield (hamstring) isn't quite ready yet.

Geelong Cats Team List

B: M.O’Connor, S.De Koning, O.Mullin
HB: Z.Guthrie, J.Kolodjashnij, T.Stewart - C
C: Z.Tuohy, T.Atkins, I.Smith
HF: B.Close, G.Rohan, T.Stengle
F: T.Hawkins, J.Cameron, J.Henry
FOLL: J.Ceglar, M.Blicavs, T.Bruhn
I/C: J.Bews, M.Knevitt, G.Miers, O.Henry
EMG: S.Simpson, B.Parfitt, J.Bowes, O.Dempsey


I am backing the Bulldogs to edge past the Cats as they get back to winning ways. While I predict the home side will win, I do not think it will be a comfortable one. 

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