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Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans Tips & Preview - Swans to take out the Dogs in AFL R11

Last updated: 21 May 2024
Jeremy Darke 21 May 2024
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  • Western Bulldogs vs Sydney expert predictions for Thursday’s AFL game
  • Sydney Swans expected to cover the 8.5-point line 
  • The ladder leaders should also surpass 87.5 points in the game
Isaac Heeney and Errol Gulden
Isaac Heeney and Errol Gulden powering the Swans midfield. (Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans Predictions

Sydney Swans lead the way in 2024 and that can remain the case against the Western Bulldogs on Thursday. The Swans can surpass 875 points in the fame and cover the 8.5 point line too.  
  • Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans Predictions
  • Head to Head 
  • Western Bulldogs Form
  • Western Bulldogs Team News
  • Sydney Swans Form
  • Sydney Swans Team News

  • Sydney have a percentage of 154.7, which is 28.6% more than any other club in the league. 
  • Sydney averages 103 points per game and have scored over their Team Total of 87.5 in 7 of 10 games this season.
  • Sydney are ranked in the top 4 in Inside 50’s (56.6), Marks Inside 50 (12.8) and Shot at Goal Accuracy (53.4).
  • The Western Bulldogs have conceded over 87.5 points in 3 of 4 matches against current top-eight teams.

Head to Head 

The Sydney Swans have proven to be a handful for the Western Bulldogs over the past three seasons, winning three of four matches. That includes a two-point thriller in round 18 last season. 

Western Bulldogs Form

The Western Bulldogs got a big upset win against GWS in Round 10, beating the Giants 70-43. The sheer weight of having 21 more Inside 50’s was the key to victory for the Bulldogs, who could consider themselves lucky to escape with the win after kicking 8.22 in the match. 

The Dogs also dominated in the Stoppage Clearances, pounding the ball out of danger 41 times compared to the Giants 28. 

It was an important win for the Bulldogs who are now on a two-game streak after losing a couple against the Hawks and the Dockers which they were expected to win. 

The Doggies have been playing better when they have been firing as much as  possible at goal, which is just what they did on the weekend. 

The Western Bulldogs take the third-most amount of Shots On Goal  (27.7/G) while ranking also third in the AFL with a 50.2 Shot Efficiency.

Western Bulldogs Team News

Bulldogs defender Jason Johannisen will be out for over a month with a hamstring strain. Ryan Gardner will also be missing for an extended period, injury his wrist at training last week, 

Sydney Swans Form

Sydney marked their authority at the top of the ladder with a monster 117-65 win over Carlton in Round 10. 

After letting the Blues get out to a quick 26-point lead in the first quarter, the Swans took control of the match, kicking on to a 52-point victory.

It was another consistent performance for the Swans star midfielders Isaac Heeney, Chad Warner and Errol Gulden all putting in 24+ Disposals in the match as they set up the run of play from the stoppages to give the Swans the clear edge. 

The stats are simple for the Swans who lead the league averaging 103 points for per game and concede the least at 66.6 per game. 

Sydney Swans Team News

The Swans could be unchanged for Thursday's game.


The Swans should have no problems getting past the Dogs, scoring over 87.5 points and covering the 8.5 points as favourites.

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