The Dogs' defensive pressure all over the ground dropped away badly last season and it will be interesting to see how they start 2018 against one of the premiership
WHERE AND WHEN: UNSW Canberra Oval, Sunday, March 25, 1.10pm AEST
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LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R21, 2017, GIANTS 16.9 (105) d Western Bulldogs 7.15 (57) at Etihad Stadium
R6, 2017, GIANTS 11.9 (75) d Western Bulldogs 9.19 (73) at UNSW Canberra Oval
1PF, 2016, Western Bulldogs 13.11 (89) d GIANTS 12.11 (83) at Spotless Stadium
R9, 2016, GIANTS 15.8 (98) d Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73) at Spotless Stadium
R9, 2015, Western Bulldogs 16.17 (113) d GIANTS 11.2 (68) at Etihad Stadium
THE SIX POINTS
2. GIANTS and the Bulldogs clash for the 10th time and the visitors hold a narrow advantage, having won five games to four; the Giants have won three of the last four.
3. The Western Bulldogs were one of the
4. The GIANTS have been difficult to defeat at UNSW Canberra Oval recently, winning their last six matches since late in 2015. The Bulldogs know the ACT well, playing 10 times at the venue for seven wins.
5. Defensively the Bulldogs struggled in 2017 compared to their 2016 premiership season. In 2016 they conceded just 72 points per game, which blew out to 86 in 2017.
6. After starting last season ranked fourth in the Schick AFL Player Ratings, star Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli has fallen outside the top
With gun veteran Morris (knee) and the luckless Adams (ankle) out long term, Zaine Cordy must play out of his skin as a key defender, with a likely