Port Adelaide host the Bulldogs on Monday night as the Power look to consolidate their position on top of the ladder.
The Dogs are looking to atone after a poor performance against the reigning premiers while the Power surged to destroy the Dees.
After contrasting weeks, which team will make Monday a winning night?
Port Adelaide Form & Team News
Port Adelaide are cruising along as the best team in the competition, sitting on seven from nine games and the largest percentage in the AFL. The Power made a statement last week, dismantling the Demons by 51 points in a statement game.
The Dockers will line up without Michael Walters, who suffered a hamstring injury in the loss to the Cats but welcome back skipper Nat Fyfe after overcoming a soft tissue issue.
The Port Adelaide team for Monday can be found below:
B: S.Mayes, T.Clurey, T.McKenzie
HB: H.Hartlett, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones
C: X.Duursma, O.Wines, K.Amon
HF: S.Powell-Pepper, T.Rockliff, C.Rozee
F: Z.Butters, C.Dixon, R.Gray
FOLL: P.Ladhams, D.Houston, T.Boak
I/C: M.Georgiades, K.Farrell, B.Woodwock, J.Westhoff
Western Bulldogs Form & Team News
The Western Bulldogs' position inside the top-eight is under serious threat after a disappointing 41 point loss to Richmond. The Dogs were completely overpowered by the reigning premiers and had no answers as the Tigers ran rampant.
The good news for the Dogs is the prolific Josh Dunkley has finally overcome his long term injury and will take his place in the side on Monday.
The Western Bulldogs team for Monday can be found below:
B: Easton Wood, Alex Keath, Caleb Daniel
HB: Bailey Williams, Zaine Cordy, Hayden Crozier
C: Jason Johannisen, Jack Macrae, Pat Lipinski
HF: Toby McLean, Marcus Bontempelli, Laitham Vandermeer
F: Mitch Wallis, Josh Bruce, Cody Weightman
FOLL: Tim English, Tom Liberatore, Josh Dunkley
I/C: Bailey Smith, Ed Richards, Sam Lloyd, Roarke Smith
Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Head to Head
This has been an even fixture in the past with the matches split 3-3 across their last six.
Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs has also been a low scoring one with 100 points scored just once by a team over the last five matches.
Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Odds
Port Adelaide is the $1.45 heading into Monday night with the Western Bulldogs the $2.75 outsiders.
The Dogs get a +12.5 head start on the Power in this one.
Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Match Up
Charlie Dixon is the man the Dogs need to stop. Dixon is one of the league's top full forwards and Alex Keath is likely the man to oppose him.
Keath has been a shining light in an erratic year for the Dogs. There haven't been any forwards that have truly gotten on top of big Dog, but Dixon is a man with the size and strength to do so.
If Dixon can win this battle the Power will be hard to shut off.
Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Stats
- Only one team has scored over 100 points in the last five matches between these sides
- Jackson Macrae has gathered 36 or more touches in three of his last four matches against Port Adelaide
- Charlie Dixon is averaging 3.5 goals a game against the Western Bulldogs in his last four games