2021 AFL preview: Western Bulldogs team guide
Can the Bulldogs show more bark and break into the AFL’s top 4 in 2021?
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The Bulldogs were central to the off-season's biggest trade story when they picked up Adam Treloar from Collingwood. They also took centre stage during the 2020 draft, landing the promising Jamarra Ugle-Hagan at number 1.
It all points to a bountiful year for the Bulldogs. Their hard-running midfielders had few troubles with Melbourne in their AAMI Community Series match. Former Lion Stefan Martin could also play a critical role as the experienced guide for Tim English.
The top four beckons for the Bulldogs if they can stay fit and injury-free. In a dream draw, they don't leave Victoria until round six when they clash with GWS in Canberra.
How to watch Western Bulldogs AFL matches
Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are all showing AFL games in 2021. 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 Geelong, the Demons or North Melbourne's clash with Port Adelaide, you need a subscription.
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 a month for use on two devices. For $35 a 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.
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 2021 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 19 March. The complete AFL draw is here.
|Round||Date||Match||Stadium||Kick-off||How to watch|
|Round 1||Friday, 19 March||Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs||MCG, VIC||7:50 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 2||Sunday, 28 March||Western Bulldogs vs West Coast Eagles||Marvel Stadium, VIC||3:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 3||Friday, 2 April||North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium, VIC||4:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 4||Saturday, 10 April||Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions||Mars Stadium, VIC||2:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 5||Saturday, 17 April||Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns||Marvel Stadium, VIC||2:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
Western Bulldogs squad
|Player Number||Name||Position||Career Games|
|18||Louis Butler||Defender, Midfield||0|
|27||Patrick Lipinski||Forward, Midfield||32|
|20||Ed Richards||Forward, Midfield||41|
|6||Bailey Smith||Forward, Midfield||23|
|37||Roarke Smith||Forward, Midfield||17|
|23||Laitham Vandermeer||Forward, Midfield||0|
|3||Mitchell Wallis||Forward, Midfield||133|
Western Bulldogs history
Since their inception in 1877, the Dogs were traditionally 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 recent 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. Last season they finished in seventh position and were ousted in the first week of the finals by St Kilda.
Image source: Western Bulldogs team website
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