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Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn Tips - Doggies put a big score on the hapless Hawks

Last updated: 03 May 2024
Ryan Tucker 03 May 2024
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  • Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn expert predictions for Sunday’s AFL game
  • The game will be played at Marvel Stadium, with the bounce at 4:00 PM (AEST)
  • Experts predict a win for the Western Bulldogs over Hawthorn in Round 8, AFL 2024.
  • Hawthorn currently struggling, having won only one game this season.
  • Western Bulldogs known for high scoring efficiency, offering an advantage for this match.
Adam Treloar expected to get a lot of ball this weekend. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn, Round 8 2024 - Expert Prediction

The Dogs will take care of business this Sunday with a big score over the struggling Hawks.
  • Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn, Round 8 2024 - Expert Prediction
  • Head to Head 
  • Western Bulldogs Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Western Bulldogs Team News
  • Western Bulldogs Team List
  • Hawthorn Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Hawthorn Team News
  • Hawthorn Team List
  • Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn AFL 2024 Round 8 FAQ’s

Hawthorn have won only one game so far this season with 3 of their 6 losses all being by margins of 40+ which fills me with enough confidence to back the Dogs in for a large margin.

The Western Bulldogs have won by 40+ in all three of their victories this season showing that they know how to score and can create the opportunities needed to apply scoreboard pressure. 

  • The Bulldogs are 4th in the AFL for Goals from Inside 50 averaging 26% pointing to a high efficiency 
  • Hawthorn allow their opponents the 2nd highest rate of Goals from Inside 50 at 27.5%
  • The Hawks also allow the 2nd most Rebound 50’s at 80.5% per game meaning their defence has a tough time turning around
  • Adam Treloar is averaging 31.1 Disposals this season

Head to Head 

The Bulldogs own the recent head to head record against Hawthorn having won 5 of the last 7 games. It was though the Hawks that enjoyed the most recent success with a 67-64 win at UTAS Stadium in Round 22 last season. 

That Hawthorn win is the only game out of the previous 7 with a single-digit Winning Margin. 5 of the other 6 games have all finished between 19 and 36 points with a lone 42 point win for the Dogs the outlier for large winning margins.

5 of 7 games have gone Under the Game Total including the last 3 in a row. 

Western Bulldogs Form Analysis & Betting Trends

Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-3940+

The Bulldogs played their regular ANZAC Round matchup against Fremantle last weekend going down by 4 goals. Both teams had ample opportunity Inside 50 racking up over 50 entries each. The Dogs though had a tough time converting with a 44% Efficiency rate inside compared to their season average of 50.4%.

Western Bulldogs average the most Possessions of any team over the first third of the season with 379.7 per game with the usage coming both via foot and hand. 

Western Bulldogs Team News

Tom Liberatore slots back into an on-ball role following a couple weeks off. Rory Lobb and Caleb Daniel have both been dropped but are listed as emergencies. Rhylee West is suspended and Cody Weightman is expected to miss some time with a dislocated elbow. 

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan returns to the team together with Charlie Clarke. Oskar Baker is on the bench.

Western Bulldogs Team List

B: E.Richards, L.Jones, B.Dale
HB: T.Duryea, B.Khamis, J.Johannisen
C: B.Williams, A.Treloar, J.Harmes
HF: L.Vandermeer, A.Naughton, R.Garcia
F: S.Darcy, J.Ugle-Hagan, C.Clarke
FOLL: T.English, M.Bontempelli - C, T.Liberatore

I/C: O.Baker, L.Bramble, H.Gallagher, J.O’Donnell, J.Macrae
EMG: R.Lobb, C.Daniel, C.Poulter

IN: J.Ugle-Hagan, C.Clarke, T.Liberatore, O.Baker
OUT: C.Weightman (Injured), R.West (Suspension), R.Lobb (Omitted), C.Daniel (Omitted)

Hawthorn Form Analysis & Betting Trends

Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-3940+

The Hawks have struggled this season, as expected. But in the majority of games played so far they haven’t been within cooee of their opposition. Last start against the Swans they kicked the first goal of the match then it was pretty much over as Sydney went on to build a big lead, winning by 76 points.

Hawthorn had much less of the ball than Sydney with 207 Uncontested Possessions to the Swans 282. Their efficiency Inside 50 was also much lower at 42.6% compared to 58%. Hard to win with those stats.

Hawthorn Team News

Mitch Lewis will miss another week with his knee injury. Mabior Chol has been suspended and will miss this clash. Jai Serong and Max Ramsden have been dropped whilst Seamus Mitchell has been given a break. 

Nick Watson slots into the forward line with Josh Ward, Calsher Dear and Massimo D'Ambrosio all on the interchange bench.

Hawthorn Team List

B: J.Impey, S.Frost, J.Weddle
HB: J.Scrimshaw, J.Sicily - C, B.Hardwick
C: C.Nash, D.Moore, K.Amon
HF: J.Worpel, J.Newcombe, H.Morrison
F: J.Gunston, C.Macdonald, J.Ginnivan
FOLL: L.Meek, C.Mackenzie, W.Day

I/C: N.Watson, F.Maginness, M.D’Ambrosio, J.Ward, C.Dear
EMG: E.Phillips, S.Mitchell, M.Ramsden

IN: N.Watson, M.D’Ambrosio, J.Ward, C.Dear
OUT: M.Chol (Suspension), J.Serong (Omitted), S.Mitchell (Managed), M.Ramsden(Omitted)

Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn AFL 2024 Round 8 FAQ’s

How to watch Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn AFL 2024 Round 8?

You can watch the Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn AFL 2024 Round 8 game via Fox Sports or Kayo Sports. If you are watching from outside of Australia the WatchAFL app is the perfect solution.

How to buy tickets to Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn AFL 2024 Round 8?

To buy tickets to the Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn AFL 2024 Round 8 game check the AFL website or the official Western Bulldogs site.


The Hawks are stuggling this season and there is no light at the end of the tunnel for this week at least. 

The Bulldogs will put on a score here as they have done to their weaker opponents earlier this season. Adam Treloar will continue to get a lot of ball in hand as the Dogs move it around at will.
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