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Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Tips - Power to win by 1-39 points

  • Preliminary Finals 2 is scheduled at Adelaide Oval on Saturday
  • Port Adelaide have won their last 7 games
  • The Bulldogs have won 2 in a row in the Finals Week
  • The Power and Bulldogs split their 2 meetings in the regular season
  • Winner will advance to the Grand Final
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The Bulldogs and the Power face off anew in the Preliminary Finals. (Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
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.

Verdict

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.

Best Bet: Port Adelaide Winning Margin 1-39 $2.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit
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