Adelaide Oval will play host to Saturday's AFL game between Port Adelaide Power and Western Bulldogs. The game kicks off at 7:40 pm with Port Adelaide Power heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Port Adelaide Power vs. Western Bulldogs game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Saturday September 11, 2021 at 7:40 pm
Where: Adelaide Oval
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Port Adelaide Power vs Western Bulldogs Odds
Port Adelaide Power vs Western Bulldogs Preview
Port will host a Prelim for the second year in a row on Saturday night against the visiting Doggies.
The Power have enjoyed an extra week off after dismantling Geelong by 43-points two weeks ago, while the Bulldogs head south riding the highs of last week’s amazing one-point win over the Lions.
Not surprisingly, home-field advantage has left Port as the short-priced favourite, but this game has to have Power fans feeling a little antsy after the Dogs’ performance in the second half at the Gabba.
After kicking clear to lead by two goals heading into the final term, the Dogs came roaring home on the back of Bailey Smith in what was easily the best game of the season.
A rousing win like that has left the Dogs with plenty of momentum – a scary proposition for any side returning from the bye.
That said, Port has plenty of familiarity with this Bulldogs outfit after winning by a narrow two points in the final round of the home-and-away season.
Travis Boak was enormous that night with two goals and 31 disposals, while Ollie Wines also carved up through the midfield.
Last week’s win over the Lions was special, but the Dogs did have trouble containing Charlie Cameron – a worrying sign with Orazio Fantasia enjoying a big game two weeks ago against Geelong.
The status of Marcus Bontempelli is also in question after the Brownlow favourite suffered a knee injury last week.
Bont was important during the second half fight back, but if he sits on Saturday, the Dogs are obviously a lot worse off.
It’s also hard to bank on another three-goal performance from Smith, especially in another hostile environment.
Realistically, you could build a case for either side in this one, but with Bont less than 100 per cent, the Power are tough to back against at home.
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Head To Head Bet
Port Adelaide Power vs Western Bulldogs Teams
B: R.Burton, T.McKenzie, A.Aliir
HB: M.Bergman, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones
C: X.Duursma, O.Wines, D.Houston
HF: K.Amon, T.Marshall, Z.Butters
F: R.Gray, C.Dixon, C.Rozee
FOLL: S.Lycett, T.Boak, W.Drew
I/C: S.Motlop, R.Bonner, O.Fantasia, P.Ladhams
EMG: S.Powell-Pepper, S.Mayes, J.Lienert, T.Clurey
OUT: S.Powell-Pepper (sub)
B: E.Wood, R.Gardner, B.Williams
HB: C.Daniel, Z.Cordy, B.Dale
C: B.Smith, J.Dunkley, L.Hunter
HF: L.Vandermeer, A.Naughton, A.Treloar
F: J.Schache, T.English, M.Hannan
FOLL: S.Martin, J.Macrae, M.Bontempelli
I/C: J.Johannisen, T.Liberatore, T.Duryea, R.Smith
EMG: A.Scott, Le.Young, M.Wallis, E.Richards
IN: Z.Cordy, S.Martin
OUT: A.Keath, C.Weightman (both injured), Le.Young (omitted)