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SATURDAY, Oct 1 Sydney v Western Bulldogs at MCG 2.30pm AEST

Head to head: Swans 76 Bulldogs 79 Drawn 1

Head to head in finals: Swans 1 Bulldogs 3

Last clash: Round 15 2016 - Bulldogs 13.5 (83) bt Swans 11.13 (79) at SCG

Tab Sportsbet: Swans $1.60 Bulldogs $2.40

William Hill: Swans $1.61 Bulldogs $2.41

It's the grand final Bulldogs fans have been waiting for since 1961 and the shot at redemption that Sydney players have wanted since 2014. The two sides are in tremendous form. The Swans suffered a shock loss to Greater Western Sydney in week one of the finals but backed it up by ending Adelaide and Geelong's season in clinical fashion. The Bulldogs, finishing seventh on the ladder, have rolled West Coast, Hawthorn and GWS in the finals. Both sides can move the ball with precision and pace, while they're also both capable of winning the contested ball. The Bulldogs are unchanged, while the Swans have recalled Jarrad McVeigh and Callum Mills for Aliir Aliir (knee) and Harry Marsh.

Key: Can the Bulldogs stop the Swans from having another sizzling start? Sydney booted a club-record seven goals in the first quarter of both recent wins over Adelaide and Geelong. Their midfield was magnificent and Lance Franklin led a polished forward line. The Bulldogs have been resilient this season but can't afford to be blown away early.

Tip: Swans by 11 points

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