Thursday Night Football for Round 8 of the 2020 AFL Season and we have the Gold Coast Suns hosting the Western Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium.
A good round of football last week and the Power continue to lead the way on top of the AFL Ladder after their Narrow after the siren victory over Carlton.
Check out some of the Top Plays from Round 7 of the 2020 Australian Football League Season.
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Tipping Results So Far
Last Week – 7/9 = 77.8%
Season – 40/62 = 64.5%
Gold Coast Suns vs Western Bulldogs
The Gold Coast Suns made the most of a Sydney Swans side ravaged by injuries and were too good in a 32 Point Victory.
The Bulldogs bounced back from a significant loss and smashed the Bombers by 42 points on the back of a big performance from their big ruckman Tim English.
The Suns have decided to go into this match with no changes to their line-up, the Bulldogs have decided to rest Lachie Hunter and lose Bailey Dale through injury. Billy Gowers comes back in, and versatile young midfielder Callum Porter will make his debut for the Bulldogs.
Wet conditions are expected for this clash with a strong chance of rain. The Western Bulldogs don’t have a fantastic record when conditions are greasy.
Round 3, 2019 Western Bulldogs 9.14 68 – Gold Coast 10.13 73
(Gold Coast by 5 Points)
Last 5 Meetings
Gold Coast – 1 Win
Western Bulldogs 4 Wins
Current Head to Head Odds
Gold Coast – $2.20
Western Bulldogs – $1.70
Why the Suns Can Win
The Suns have been impressive this season, and they did manage to beat the Western Bulldogs in a close encounter early last year. Former Adelaide Crow Hugh Greenwood and former Tiger Brandon Ellis are beginning to play some good football, and the emergence of their top pick in the Draft, Izak Rankine is welcoming to Suns fans. This will be a test against the Bulldogs, but they are at home and playing confident footy. Always a chance if they keep up their current form.
Why the Bulldogs Can Win
The Bulldogs managed to turn around a poor performance in Round 6 and found some form. Tim English is dominating the Ruck and tapping the footy to his midfielders on a regular occurrence. A bit of a tougher opponent this week in Jarrod Witts, but the Bulldogs looked very good last week, and the Suns will have a tough time trying to contain some of their star midfielders.
Despite the Wet Conditions The Bulldogs are the more experienced side here and should take care of the Suns, although the Suns may continue to surprise.
Western Bulldogs – (Win)
Bailey Smith + 76.5 Fantasy Points
Smith is a good in and under player and scored over 90 comfortably in their last wet weather match. Some of the other Dogs midfielders may get a tag, so this will give the young Bulldog plenty of chances for Disposals.
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