Could Swans have a Buddy hangover when they face the Bulldogs?

A tall Geelong ruckman goes for a handball in the middle of the ground as two Sydney defenders scramble to stop him.

It’s a good time to be at the Sydney Swans right now, with the city on a high after last Friday’s crowd celebration at the SCG where Lance Franklin kicked his 1,000th career goal.

The Swans are third on the ladder on percentages after starting 2-0, with wins over GWS and Geelong — and they have a good chance to remain unbeaten when they face the winless Western Bulldogs at Docklands tomorrow night.

Despite the positions on the ladder, the Bulldogs go into round three as narrow favourites in betting markets.

While this may seem counter-intuitive, a closer look at the first couple of weeks show why it’s not just a case of home-ground advantage — and why the Swans are in danger if they have a “Buddy hangover”.

Author: Ivan Robinson