Four things: Dockers v Bulldogs

Here’s a look at four things that could have an impact when the Western Bulldogs play Fremantle on Sunday.

1. Home ground advantage

The Bulldogs are heading into enemy territory.

Fremantle are good on their home turf. They’re 4-0 from home games this year.

In recent years, Perth isn’t where the Bulldogs have played their best footy.

They’re yet to win at Optus Stadium from four attempts – and haven’t beaten the Dockers in Perth since 2009.

It’s time to put an end to that.

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2. Juice + Astro

Only nine players have kicked a goal in all 11 rounds this year.

That includes Josh Bruce and Aaron Naughton.

Both key forwards have been critical to the Bulldogs' 9-2 start to the season.

The Bulldogs are the competition's highest-scoring team for a reason - and both Bruce (33 goals) and Naughton (28 goals) sit towards the pointy end of the Coleman Medal standings.

Can they get the job done again?

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3. Bontempelli v Fyfe

At some point, there's no doubt Marcus Bontempelli and Nathan Fyfe will go head-to-head in the centre.

Both players have the ability to inspire and lead their teams to victory.

Bontempelli is enjoying an outstanding season, averaging 26.9 disposals and 4.5 clearances per game - as well as pushing forward to kick 15 goals.

Fyfe has been equally influential for the Dockers, with 25.9 disposals and 6.2 clearances.

It's a match up for the ages.

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Raining Day

The boys have a heavy training session in an unending downpour at the home of the Giants, Sydney Olympic Park.

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4. Back on track

Will the Bulldogs play with a point to prove on Sunday?

In last week's loss to Melbourne, the Bulldogs were caught off-guard early as the Dees opened up a four-goal lead at the opening break.

It's only time the Bulldogs have conceded a lead at quarter time in 2021.

All six of the Dees' goals in that quarter were the result of Bulldog turnovers.

The Dockers will no doubt look to apply that same heat - and the Bulldogs will be looking to get their game into gear early, particularly with a Freo-friendly crowd at Optus Stadium.

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