North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs Friday 7:50pm AEST Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
The undefeated North take on the masters of Etihad, the Bulldogs, in the match of the round.
Selection Notes North makes no change to a winning side, while the Bulldogs bring in a key position player in Fletcher Roberts for a runner in Matt Suckling, in order to combat the Kangaroo tall forwards.
Form It doesn’t come much hotter than being the only unbeaten team left, like North are, but the steadier is their last four wins have been against teams that are almost certain not to play finals this year. The Roos are coming only 10th on the “line ladder”, suggesting they are mid-table against expectations so far.
The Bulldogs are similar to North, having only played one likely finalist in compiling a 4-1 record to open the season. They’ve done what they have to against Brisbane and Carlton in recent weeks, and are ready for a proper challenge now.
It’s Friday night and this game should be a cracker. Let’s start off with Koby Stevens. “Koby who?” you might ask. We’ll, Stevens has had 25 and 34 touches in his last two games and is at great odds ($4.50) to lead group B tonight. Jack Ziebell is also worth a look at $5 to have the most tackles and if he brings his grumpy face like he did in round three where he had a career high 19 tackles. Finally, Matthew Boyd is also worth a flutter at $3.75 to take the most marks after the veteran has claimed 8 or more in all but one game this year.
Stats That Matter
The teams are split 5-5 in their last ten matches, the last nine of which have been at this ground. The Bulldogs won their only match between the sides last year.
The Bulldogs are 72% ATS at Etihad under Luke Beveridge. North are 57% ATS at Etihad since 2013. The Dogs were 67% and North 70% at the under in their night games in 2015. The Dogs haven’t played a Friday night game since Rd 9, 2012, and haven’t won one since Rd 15, 2011. North have won 50% of their Friday night games since 2012, with a 30% POT.