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Aussie Rules: Bulldogs need to find their bite

Western Bulldogs will be out to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on struggling North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium.

The Bulldogs remain in the top eight but their cause has not been helped by a poor run of form that has seen them slip to three defeats on the bounce.

But they may not get a better chance to break the sequence when they take on a Kangaroos side that has lost nine games in a row.

Only West Coast Eagles sit below North Melbourne on the ladder and they are in real danger of landing the wooden spoon unless they can string some results together.

A home clash against a Bulldogs side lacking confidence could also represent a great opportunity.

WhatNorth Melbourne v Western Bulldogs 
WhereMarvel Stadium, Melbourne
When16:40 (AEST) Sunday 18th June, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsNorth Melbourne 4.60, Western Bulldogs 1.20

Skipper back for Kangaroos

North Melbourne continue to lose games and lose them heavily. Indeed they have conceded over 100 points in four of the last five games.

Greater Western Sydney were the latest side to roll the Kangaroos over when winning 103-75 last weekend.

North Melbourne have shown glimmers of what they are capable of when giving Essendon a run for their money the week before. Yes they conceded another 105 points, but managed to score 99 of their own.

They also got to within three points of the Sydney Swans and if they are to get past the Bulldogs it is likely to be a narrow margin.

The Kangaroos are priced at 9.00 to beat the Bulldogs by 1-12 points.

Nick Larkey remains the main goal threat for North Melbourne, kicking 36 in total so far this season, and is priced at 8.50 to kick the first on Sunday.

North Melbourne are boosted by the return of skipper Jy Simpkin, while experienced duo Hugh Greenwood and Kayne Turner have been named on the interchange.

Bulldogs make changes

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has made changes to his side as they look to get their season back on track.

The Bulldogs remain in the mix for finals but they cannot afford to keep losing games like they have been doing and a win against the Kangaroos is a must.

So Beveridge has taken action by axing three players, including defender Josh Bruce. James O’Donnell and Arthur Jones have also been left out.

Tim O’Brien, Mitch Hannan, Hayden Crozier and Ryan Gardner have all been named on the extended bench.

It is no surprise that the Bulldogs do have a good recent record against the Kangaroos, winning each of the last three games.

Not only that, the Bulldogs have scored 143, 139 and 108 points in those three games.

However in 2023, the Bulldogs have only managed to score over 100 points on one occasions, and that was against Fremantle at Optus Stadium.

The venue on Sunday will of course not be an issue for the Bulldogs as Marvel Stadium is also their home ground. Indeed their last win at Marvel came when they were the away team, beating Carlton by 20 points.

The Bulldogs do have a side packed with quality, with Jack Macrae averaging 27.2 disposals a game, while captain Marcus Bontempelli remains as influential as ever.

He is averaging 6.5 score involvements, 7.5 tackles and 13.8 contested possessions per game.

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