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Preview: Bulldogs v Cats

Jacqui Reed  April 22, 2013 11:16 AM

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It is hard to see how the depleted Dogs will find a way to stop the in-form Cats

SUMMARY: Geelong has won the last five encounters against the Western Bulldogs and will be heavily tipped to continue that dominance on Saturday night. It's a big ask for the Bulldogs, who have dropped their last three games, after a positive opening-round win over the Brisbane Lions. Injuries are also starting to mount at Whitten Oval, putting the club under pressure against the in-form Cats.

Etihad Stadium, Saturday April 27, 7.40pm

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R22, 2012, Geelong 16.11 (107) d Western Bulldogs 11.7 (73) at Simonds Stadium
R9, 2012, Geelong 14.11 (95) d Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) at Etihad Stadium
R11, 2011, Geelong 23.10 (148) d Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87) at Simonds Stadium
R20, 2010, Geelong 25.11 (161) d Western Bulldogs 9.6 (60) at Etihad Stadium
2QF, 2009, Geelong 14.12 (96) d Western Bulldogs 12.10 (82) at the MCG

1. Geelong beat the Western Bulldogs twice in 2012, winning by 20 points in round nine and 34 points in round 22

This will be the 153rd contest between the sides. Geelong holds the advantage, winning 95 games to 55, with two draws

The sides have met 12 times at Etihad Stadium, with the Dogs winning seven times to the Cats' five

The last time these two teams met in round five was in 1969 at the Western Oval, where the Cats were 60-point winners

The highest attendance to watch these teams at Etihad Stadium was 46,818 in round 21, 2009

Despite the Cats' perfect start to the season, Geelong is ranked behind the Western Bulldogs for contested possessions and total tackles