2020 AFL preview: Western Bulldogs team guide

Optimism abounds at Western Bulldogs after a strong finish to last season. Can they challenge for another flag in 2020?


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The Western Bulldogs stunned the AFL world with their drought-breaking 2016 premiership. They then endured a couple of disappointing years when they missed the finals.

But last season they appeared to get back to some of their better football, particularly late in the year, before losing to Greater Western Sydney in the first week of the finals.

Captain Marcus Bontempelli is one of the best players in the competition and they have a versatile forward line and deep midfield. If their defence holds up, anything is possible.

How to watch Western Bulldogs AFL matches

Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and the AFL Live Pass are all showing AFL games in 2020. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.

Channel 7 uses its main and 7mate channels for games, but only shows between three and five matches per round depending on the region. So for round one in Melbourne, if you want to watch Essendon, the Demons or the all-Victorian clash between North Melbourne and St Kilda, you need a subscription.

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Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports have every game of the home and away season live and Kayo is the most affordable. A Basic subscription starts from $25/month for use on 2 devices. For $35/month you get a Premium subscription and the option of a third screen.

On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 sports on Kayo. It also has a 14-day free trial for new users and comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.

Another viewing option is AFL Live Pass, which is free for Telstra customers. You can also buy a subscription from the App Store or Google Play. Live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display, so you can't watch games on your TV, laptop or tablet.

Watch Western Bulldogs matches overseas

If you are out of Australia during the season, you can still catch all of the AFL action. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2020 AFL season from overseas.

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When do Western Bulldogs play next?

The Bulldogs' first match of the season is a Friday night blockbuster against Collingwood. The opening bounce is at 7:50pm AEDT on Friday 20 March at Marvel Stadium. The complete AFL draw is here.

Round Day Date Match Stadium Kick-off (AEST) How to watch
Round 1 Friday 20/3/20 Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7
Round 2 Sunday 14/6/20 St. Kilda vs Western Bulldogs Marvel Stadium, VIC 6:05 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
Round 3 Friday 19/6/20 Western Bulldogs vs GWS Giants Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7
Round 4 Thursday 25/6/20 Sydney Swans vs Western Bulldogs SCG, NSW 7:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7
Round 5 Saturday 4/7/20 Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7

Western Bulldogs squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
4 Marcus Bontempelli Midfield 127
17 Josh Bruce Forward 113
18 Louis Butler Defender, Midfield 0
25 Ben Cavarra Forward 0
12 Zaine Cordy Defender 71
9 Hayden Crozier Defender 108
31 Bailey Dale Forward 50
35 Caleb Daniel Defender 91
29 Tory Dickson Forward 113
5 Josh Dunkley Midfield 66
15 Taylor Duryea Defender 132
44 Timothy English Ruck 29
38 Riley Garcia Midfield 0
43 Ryan Gardner Forward 2
26 Billy Gowers Forward 30
30 Fergus Greene Forward 5
32 Will Hayes Midfield 9
7 Lachlan Hunter Midfield 128
39 Jason Johannisen Defender 126
46 Lin Jong Midfield 61
42 Alex Keath Defender 30
24 Buku Khamis Defender 0
21 Thomas Liberatore Midfield 132
27 Patrick Lipinski Forward, Midfield 32
22 Sam Lloyd Forward 80
36 Bradley Lynch Defender 9
11 Jackson Macrae Midfield 141
16 Toby McLean Forward 79
33 Aaron Naughton Forward 41
28 Callum Porter Midfield 0
20 Ed Richards Forward, Midfield 41
13 Josh Schache Forward 54
6 Bailey Smith Forward, Midfield 23
37 Roarke Smith Forward, Midfield 17
1 Matthew Suckling Defender 171
41 Jordon Sweet Ruck 0
8 Jackson Trengove Defender 185
23 Laitham Vandermeer Forward, Midfield 0
3 Mitchell Wallis Forward, Midfield 133
19 Cody Weightman Forward 0
14 Rhylee West Forward 3
34 Bailey Williams Defender 41
10 Easton Wood Defender 160
40 Lachie Young Defender 6
2 Lewis Young Defender 14

Western Bulldogs history

Since their inception in 1877, the Dogs have traditionally been one of the true battlers in VFL/AFL history, with just the lone flag in 1954 to their name. But a lot of that has changed in just the past few years.

They were the darlings of the AFL world with their march from seventh on the ladder all the way to a stunning victory over the Sydney Swans in the 2016 grand final. After losing their way a little, they re-discovered some of their best last season and loom as a major threat in 2020.

Image source: Western Bulldogs team website

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