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Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons Predictions & Tips - Dogs to edge top of the ladder clash

  • Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons predictions for Thursday's AFL Round 11 match
  • The match is being played at Marvel Stadium (10.50am BST)
  • The top two rivals have 9-1 records for the season
  • A close contest is predicted with Aaron Naughton the difference for the Dogs
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Aaron Naughton is tipped to kick Western Bulldogs to victory (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 27 May 2021
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Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons Predictions


Both sides have identical 9-1 records for the season after the Demons' unbeaten start ended last week in controversial fashion. How will they respond on Friday night?

The Dogs have won the last two matches between the sides and their scoring prowess can get them home in a tight one. Aaron Naughton's goals can prove the difference.

  • Both teams have won 9 of their 10 matches this season.
  • Western Bulldogs are ranked first in both attack and defence this season.
  • Western Bulldogs' Aaron Naughton has kicked 2+ goals in all 10 matches this season.
  • Western Bulldogs have won the last 2 matches against Melbourne Demons.
  • Melbourne Demons have the third best attack and second best defence this season.

Head to Head


The last eight matches since 2015 have been shared equally with four wins each. 

The Bulldogs made it two wins in a row when winning last year's only contest 80-52 at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Western Bulldogs Form


Western Bulldogs enjoyed another wide-margin win last weekend as they brushed St Kilda in Round 10.

The Dogs were 144-33 winners at Marvel Stadium, with in-form Aaron Naughton adding another five goals to his tally for the season.

Since losing their unbeaten record to reigning premiers Richmond Tigers a month ago, the Bulldogs have reeled off three wins in a row.

They defeated Carlton 107-91, won 96-77 against Port Adelaide away and then proved much too good for the Saints last weekend.

Western Bulldogs Team News


Midfielder Riley Garcia will make his AFL debut for the Dogs, two years after being drafted.

Patrick Lipinski and Tim English are also come back into the Dogs this week.

Mitch Hannan and Adam Treloar are both ruled out through injury.

Easton Wood remains out for another three weeks, and Ryan Gardiner has not been named to return this week.

Western Bulldogs Team List


B: Duryea, Keath, Crozier
HB: Williams, Cordy, Daniel
C: Dale, Liberatore, Johannisen
HF: Hunter, Bruce, Weightman
F: English, Naughton, Bontempelli
FOLL: Sweet, Macrae, B.Smith
I/C: Lipinski, McNeil, R.Smith, Garcia
EMG: Le.Young, West, Butler, Gardner

Melbourne Demons Form


Melbourne Demons lost their unbeaten record and top spot on the ladder after a controversial 96-95 defeat at the Adelaide Crows last weekend.

Having been pushed all the way by the Crows, the Dees were denied a kick at goal in the final minutes following a dubious deliberate out of bounds calls. AFL officials have since admitted the umpires got it wrong.

Melbourne had started with a perfect nine wins in a row before coming unstuck in Adelaide.

The Demons turned the ball over 76 times against the Crows and will need to improve on that stat if they are to get the better of the Bulldogs.

Melbourne Demons Team News


Melbourne Demons make one change with Christian Salem available after being a late withdrawal last week. 

Neville Jetta replaced him, but drops back out of the side.

Jack Viney is still a couple of weeks away from a comeback, and Nathan Jones also remains sidelined.

Melbourne Demons Team List


B: Hunt, May, Lever
HB: Salem, Petty, Hibberd
C: Brayshaw, Petracca, Langdon
HF: Jordon, McDonald, Melksham
F: Fritsch, Weideman, Spargo
FOLL: Gawn, Oliver, Pickett
I/C: Harmes, Jackson, Rivers, Neal-Bullen
EMG: Bowey, Sparrow, Chandler, Brown

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Verdict

Western Bulldogs have outscored Melbourne Demons by 103 points so far this season. That scoreboard pressure can prove the difference with Aaron Naughton tipped to kick the Dogs to victory.

Best Bet: Western Bulldogs Win Match Result @-142.86 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Goalscorer Tip: Aaron Naughton To Score 3+ Goals @125.00 at Unibet - 2 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Aaron Naughton First Goalscorer @750.00 at Unibet - 1 Unit

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