Hawthorn vs Western Bulldogs - AFL - Betting Tips 31-03-2019

Published: 28.03.2019

When the AFL scheduled Hawthorn to play the Western Bulldogs in round two, nobody would have expected it to be the only clash of unbeaten teams. By the time the final siren sounds at the MCG on Sunday, one of these teams will be 2-0 and equal top of the ladder.

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The Hawks led from start to finish at Adelaide Oval last week, ending up 32-point winners over the Crows. Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson looks to have done it again, devising a winning strategy for a Hawks team nobody rated in pre-season and missing Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell for the year. The Hawks had 73 fewer touches than Adelaide, but they were more efficient, with four multiple goalkickers and 27 scoring shots from 55 inside 50s.

Speaking of rejuvenated, the Dogs’ performance against Sydney in round one was as good as any they’ve put in since the 2016 grand final win over the Swans. The Dogs won the contested possession count 151-125, Tom Liberatore grabbing 28 possessions on his return from a year-long layoff to go with Jack Macrae’s 32 and Marcus Bontempelli’s 29.

Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs Betting Tips

The bookies still don’t recognise the Bulldogs as a good team, with MadBookie paying long odds of 2.95 on a Dogs win over Hawthorn. It’s hard to know whether their opening round win was a sign of things to come, but if the Dogs are about to rediscover their 2016 form then punters should grab those sorts of odds while they can.

Hawthorn have won two in a row against the Dogs, their last loss to the Bullies coming in the 2016 finals series. The Hawks beat the Dogs by 63 points last year, but the three matches prior to that were decided by an average of less than two goals. Pointsbet is paying 1.41 for a margin of 1-39 points on Sunday.

 

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