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You also have to keep in mind that we're the 4th highest scoring team this year (I understand a game against WCE) but scoring hasn't been an issue this year.
I think stats can be misleading. Deeper analysis involving expected goals vs actual may provide better picture. Ofc, we don't have access to such so we have to rely on our eyes.

Do bulldogs have goal kicking issue in close losses for the past 2 seasons? I don't watch enough of your games but from what I've seen, the 'wasteful' shot attempts is a big culprit.
 

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The Western Bulldogs have made one change ahead of a Friday night clash against Essendon at Marvel Stadium.

Youngster James O’Donnell comes in for his first game of the 2024 season, while Caleb Daniel has been omitted.

O’Donnell has been named on the bench alongside Ryley Sanders, Bailey Dale, Lachie Bramble and Jack Macrae.

A sub will be named one hour before the bounce.

The clash will also mark Jamarra Ugle-Hagan’s 50th game in red, white and blue, having kicked 66 goals so far in his career.

Daniel, Rory Lobb and Riley Garcia are the emergencies for the fixture.

The game will be live on Channel 7, Kayo and Fox Footy with the bounce set for 7.40pm under the roof.

AFL Team | Round 5​

Western Bulldogs v Essendon

Friday 12th April 7:40pm AEST
Marvel Stadium, Docklands • Wurundjeri
Broadcast: Channel 7, Fox Footy/Kayo

B: Ed Richards, Liam Jones, Bailey Williams
HB: Taylor Duryea Buku Khamis, Jason Johannisen
C: Oskar Baker, Adam Treloar, Harvey Gallagher
HF: Laith Vandermeer, Aaron Naughton, Rhylee West
F: Sam Darcy, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Cody Weightman
FOLL: Tim English, Marcus Bontempelli, Tom Liberatore
INT: Ryley Sanders, James O’Donnell, Bailey Dale, Lachie Bramble, Jack Macrae
EMG: Caleb Daniel, Rory Lobb, Riley Garcia

In: James O’Donnell
Out: Caleb Daniel (omitted)
 

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Like to see JOD back, a necessary move. Defense was just to small. Think with Jones, JOD, Khamis, Richards and then three smaller defenders is a really good mix.

A little weird that two weeks in a row that a defender has come in and no defender has come out. Probably signifies that Williams will be pushed up the ground. An understandable decision but thought the games against the Suns and Eagles (the easy beats to be fair) where he got moved back to defense were the best and most natural he has looked for years.

Was sort of expecting a defender to go out and then a Poulter or Garcia type to come in as the sub. Not sure who I'd choose for sub from that 23. Maybe Bramble but I've been impressed by him so far, even though last week was a struggle
 

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