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Ben Darvill 25 Aug 2023
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Western Bulldogs and Geelong Cats (Getty Images)
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Geelong Cats vs Western Bulldogs Tips


The Geelong Cats saw their slim hopes of making it to the finals end last week as they were stunned 88-55 by St Kilda. 
  • Geelong Cats vs Western Bulldogs Tips
  • Head to Head
  • Geelong Cats Form 
  • Geelong Cats Team News
  • Geelong Cats Team List
  • Western Bulldogs Form 
  • Western Bulldogs Team News
  • Western Bulldogs Team List

The Western Bulldogs still have a chance of making it into the top eight, but they have to beat the Geelong Cats to have any chance of a berth in the finals. Can they do it? 

Head to Head


The Cats battled to a 97-75 win over the Bulldogs when they last met, with this seeing Geelong secure their fifth win in a row over the Dogs.

The Cats have won eight of their last 10 meetings with the Dogs, with the Bulldogs winning the other two. 

Geelong Cats Form 


The Geelong Cats have endured a torrid home and away season that has ultimately seen the defence of their Grand Final triumph end before if ever really began. 

Currently sitting in 11th on the ladder, the Cats are eliminated from finals contention with a game to spare.

While the Cats cannot defend their crown, they can still have a say in who finishes in the top eight and can ruin the hopes of the Western Bulldogs by notching their fifth win in their last six home games. 

Geelong Cats Team News


Duncan is suspended while Ratugolea, Close, Cameron, Hawkins and Bruhn are all injured. Tuohy is a sub, with the Cats calling on Knevitt, Menegola, Dempsey, Conway, Stanley and Mullin. 

Geelong Cats Team List


B: J.Bews, S.De Koning, J.Kolodjashnij
HB: M.Knevitt, T.Stewart, Z.Guthrie
C: S.Menegola, T.Atkins, M.O’Connor
HF: G.Miers, O.Dempsey, I.Smith
F: O.Henry, S.Neale, T.Stengle
FOLL: T.Conway, P.Dangerfield - C, M.Holmes
I/C: J.Bowes, R.Stanley, O.Mullin, B.Parfitt
EMG: Z.Tuohy, M.Hardie, S.Simpson, T.Clohesy

Western Bulldogs Form 


Last week's loss to the West Coast Eagles was a stunning result that has put the Western Bulldogs on the back foot in their battle for a spot in the finals.

After what was only the third win of the season for the Eagles, the Bulldogs slipped down to ninth on the ladder, a win short of the GWS Giants in eighth. 

If the Dogs are to make the finals, they have to win this one and hope the Giants lose their game.

Western Bulldogs Team News


The Dogs are without the suspended Duryea, while Smith (illness) and Macrae (injury) are out. Crozier, Liberatore and McLean come in. 

Western Bulldogs Team List


B: A.Keath, L.Jones, H.Crozier
HB: B.Dale, J.O’Donnell, E.Richards
C: C.Poulter, M.Bontempelli - C, B.Williams
HF: C.Weightman, A.Naughton, C.Daniel
F: R.Lobb, J.Ugle-Hagan, R.West
FOLL: T.English, A.Treloar, T.Liberatore
I/C: T.McLean, L.Vandermeer, A.Scott, O.Baker
EMG: L.McNeil, R.Garcia, L.Cleary, J.Sweet

Verdict

I am backing the Cats to continue their strong run against the Dogs and eliminate their opponents from finals contention.

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