Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans - AFL - Betting Tips 23-03-2019
To fans, it probably seems like yesterday the Western Bulldogs beat the Sydney Swans in the 2016 AFL grand final. For the Bulldogs and Swans, it must seem like an eternity given the struggles both clubs have gone through since their grand final meeting.
Western Bulldogs v Sydney Preview
The Western Bulldogs go into the 2019 AFL season with plenty to prove, given their failure to make the finals in 2017 and 2018. Coach Luke Beveridge will be hoping something clicks after the Doggies went down in both their JLT games. The Doggies will be missing 2016 Norm Smith Medallist Jason Johannisen but welcome Tom Liberatore back for his first competitive match after he tore his ACL in last year’s opening round.
Sydney come in vulnerable, with superstar Lance Franklin and new forward partner Dan Menzel both set to miss with injury. Many are tipping the Swans to fall this season after they were dumped in the first round of last year’s finals by cross-town rivals GWS. Having said that, John Longmire’s men always find a way to defy the critics and make it to September.
Bulldogs v Sydney AFL Betting Tips
Neither side filled punters with much confidence during the JLT pre-season series, with the Bulldogs losing to lowly Gold Coast and St Kilda, and Sydney losing to GWS but beating Gold Coast. As much as the Dogs have potential to improve, it’s hard to see them beating a Swans side that gets the job done year after year. PointsBet is paying 1.65 for the Swans to win and 1.90 for the Swans with a -7.5-point handicap.
Interestingly, three of the last six matches between the Dogs and Swans have been decided by seven points or less. Last time they met, the Swans overcame a half-time deficit to win by seven points. Unibet is offering a generous 2.65 for a margin of 15 points or less at Marvel Stadium this Saturday night.