THE WESTERN Bulldogs have won just one of their past five matches, but coach Luke Beveridge remains confident the reigning premiers can halt their recent run of outs against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

The Dogs have battled injury and poor form over the past month, with Melbourne thrashing them by 57 points last Sunday in a match where the Dogs managed just a solitary behind in the first quarter.

Beveridge's side has made just two changes – both forced – for the clash with the Kangaroos, and the coach said on Friday that he believes in the solidarity of his team and the players' ability to turn things around.

"You'd think the magnitude of the loss would lend itself to maybe an omission or two based on recent history," Beveridge said.

"We felt like even though some of the boys didn't have their best games, there were some good signs.

"We're well aware that as the weeks tick by, our chances towards the back end of the year diminish.

"We've got to focus on the things that made us a good side when we've beaten pretty good teams, and we feel we can get back there."

The Bulldogs have brought in two talls this weekend to replace Tom Boyd (calf) and Lin Jong (ACL), with Tom Campbell and Jack Redpath their replacements.

Campbell earned a recall after an impressive performance in the VFL last week that saw him gather 54 hitouts, 22 disposals and a goal.

Beveridge might also consider putting Jordan Roughead down back to cater for North Melbourne's tall forward line.

"He (Roughead) has been a pretty good key defender at different times, so we'll see how it goes," Beveridge said.

"We played against them before when they've been really tall and we haven't necessarily gone that way; there's no doubt that it's the land of the giants up forward for them."

Bulldogs skipper Bob Murphy will miss the clash against the Roos but is expected to be ready for next week, while Beveridge expects last year's grand final hero Boyd to return shortly.

"He (Boyd) was touch and go to come up this week so we were a little bit conservative there," Beveridge said.

"He may be a chance next week, I wouldn't imagine it's a long-term thing."