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GWS GIANTS v WESTERN BULLDOGS
GIA , 3:20pm AEST Sunday, August 18, 2019
B: Adam Kennedy, Phil Davis, Heath Shaw
HB: Harry Perryman, Nick Haynes, Lachlan Keeffe
C: Lachie Whitfield, Tim Taranto, Josh Kelly
HF: Matt de Boer, Harry Himmelberg, Brent Daniels
F: Ian Hill, Adam Tomlinson, Sam J. Reid
FOL: Shane Mumford, Toby Greene, Zac Williams
I/C: Isaac Cumming, Aiden Bonar, Dawson Simpson, Jackson Hately, Aidan Corr, Zach Sproule, Jye Caldwell, Jake Stein (Four to be omitted)
IN: Josh Kelly, Matt de Boer, Harry Himmelberg, Isaac Cumming, Aidan Corr, Zach Sproule
OUT: Brett Deledio (Injured), Jeremy Cameron (Injured)
NEW: Zach Sproule
B: Taylor Duryea, Jackson Trengove, Hayden Crozier
HB: Jason Johannisen, Zaine Cordy, Easton Wood
C: Lachie Hunter, Marcus Bontempelli, Ed Richards
HF: Bailey Dale, Josh Schache, Sam Lloyd
F: Bailey Smith, Aaron Naughton, Tory Dickson
FOL: Tim English, Josh Dunkley, Jack Macrae
I/C: Matthew Suckling, Lewis Young, Rhylee West, Toby McLean, Patrick Lipinski, Callum Porter, Will Hayes, Lachie Young (Four to be omitted)
IN: Lewis Young, Rhylee West, Callum Porter, Lachie Young
NEW: Callum Porter
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Where and when: Giants Stadium, Sunday August 18, 3.20pm AEST
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What it means for GWS: Last week's loss to Hawthorn all but ended the Giants' top four hopes, but they must beat the Dogs to ensure they're a chance to host an elimination final.
What it means for the Bulldogs: Sitting outside the top eight the Dogs simply can't lose any of their final two games if they hope to sneak into September.
The stat: Star Giant Toby Greene had 20 contested possessions against the Hawks last week and played almost a lone hand in the midfield at times. If he doesn't get more support inside this week, the hungry Dogs could have too many onball options for the home side.
The match-up: Toby Greene v Josh Dunkley
Two of the game's brightest young stars could go head to head in the midfield and both are in sublime form, so the duel will be a cracker. Greene (rated No.202 overall in the Official AFL Player Ratings) and Dunkley (No.41) both relish the hard stuff and are outstanding around stoppages, but they'll also look to get forward when they can to help their teams on the scoreboard.
It’s a big week for: Shane Mumford
The veteran struggled against Jon Ceglar last week and comes up against the young and athletic Tim English on Sunday. If Mumford gets hurt around the ground the Giants will struggle to win the midfield battle.
Big call: Tagger Matt de Boer will return from injury and lock onto Doggies ball magnet Jackson Macrae, keeping him to less than 20 possessions for the first time since round 13 last year.
Prediction: Bulldogs by 8 points
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