Western Bulldogs v GWS tips, predictions and odds update; AFL rd 3 betting preview

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The Western Bulldogs and GWS Giants face off on Friday night and these two teams have developed an intense rivalry in quick time.

Famously, the Giants battered the Bulldogs players physically the last time they met in last year’s final series, when the Giants went in as outsiders but won by a whopping 58 points. That GWS win came just three weeks after the Dogs had humiliated the Giants by 61 points at Giants Stadium.

With the much hyped Bulldogs starting the season with two poor losses against Collingwood and St Kilda, and GWS being humbled by North Melbourne on Sunday, expect the heat to be on from the opening bounce.

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The Giants regained star midfielder Callan Ward last round from a year out with an ACL injury and he will be better for the run and will lead the charge against the Dogs’ much vaunted midfield.

GWS have beaten the Bulldogs in four of the past five meetings between the teams; in the match before that the Dogs shocked the Giants in a preliminary final on the way their 2016 premiership.

Below we have examined the odds ahead of the AFL round 3 clash and given you our Bulldogs v Giants tips and winner prediction.

Bulldogs v Giants odds

Start:7:50PM Local Time, June 19
Venue:Marvel Stadium
Head-to-head odds:Western Bulldogs ($2.35) v Greater Western Sydney ($1.60)
Line betting:Western Bulldogs +8.5 ($1.90) v Greater Western Sydney -8.5 ($1.90)
Premiership odds:Western Bulldogs $23; Greater Western Sydney $7.50

Bulldogs v Giants betting tips

Our AFL betting expert has scoured the odds and found some value. Here are our Western Bulldogs v GWS tips:

Western Bulldogs +8.5 points at $1.90

The Giants were just as poor in their first match after the break as the Dogs were against St Kilda. Both these teams have finals-quality lists. We expect a close one, in which case the underdogs offer the slightly better value.

Aaron Naughton to score at least three goals

The exciting young spearhead will be much improved by his first game back after the hiatus. He holds the key the Dogs’ forward line and when he is clunking marks they can look unstoppable.

Bulldogs v Giants prediction

The Dogs have already flagged in the media that they see this as a do-or-die clash and they really must quickly find some form or risk being an also-ran in this truncated 2020 AFL season. We were keen on their chances before the season began but the manner in which their up-tempo style of football has been shut down twice in two matches is concerning. We will give them one more chance against a good opposition. The Bulldogs by five points in another cracking match which cements the animosity between the teams.

Bulldogs v Giants lowdown

How can I watch the Bulldogs v Giants AFL clash?

Free to air: Seven Mate. Subscription TV: Foxtel; streaming/IPTV: Kayo; mobile: AFL Live Pass.

How can I bet on the Bulldogs v Giants clash?

All of the best betting sites will offer markets on the AFL.

What time does the Bulldogs v Giants game start?

The game starts at 7:50pm local time on June 19.

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