The Western Bulldogs do not know what to anticipate of the type of GWS or how their floor will play of their AFL conflict on Sunday, however one recognized truth is they should win.
Sitting exterior the highest eight in 10th, the Bulldogs cannot lose both of their ultimate two video games in the event that they hope to play in September.
They host Adelaide, who’re at the moment ninth and in an equally determined place, within the ultimate spherical.
“We will not afford to slide up and that is one thing that is driving us,” Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge stated on Thursday.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 104-point win over Essendon, which Beveridge stated had energised his group.
The Giants, who sit sixth, have been thumped by struggling Hawthorn final spherical by 56 factors however earlier than that had three successive wins together with an enormous win over finals-bound Collingwood.
Beveridge stated it was tough to plan for the Giants conflict as a result of he wasn’t positive what they might throw up.
“You discuss teaching groups however Leon (GWS coach Leon Cameron) has coached numerous completely different groups this yr as a result of they’ve had vital accidents,” Beveridge stated.
“There’s some uncertainty this week with their personnel so they’ll have a distinct group once more in order that uncertainty just isn’t at all times a very good factor for the opposition in planning as a result of there isn’t any foothold on what they are going to seem like and what they’re doing.
“There’s a component of insecurity from our perspective as a result of we do not know what we’ll get.”
The Canines will not journey to Sydney till Saturday afternoon after having their ultimate coaching session in Melbourne and can go to Giants Stadium on arrival.
Beveridge stated lots of their gamers have been unfamiliar with the GWS residence floor.
“We performed them there firstly of final season so virtually 40 rounds have gone so we’re not overly conversant in the bottom,” he stated.
“The distant reminiscence of 2016 (once they received the preliminary ultimate over the Giants) is lengthy gone.
“We’ll stroll over from our resort and take a look as there’s numerous gamers in our group who’ve by no means performed there so it’s kind of of the unknown for a few of us.”