Western Bulldogs firm as AFL premiership contenders, Collingwood’s prospects plummet

Four rounds into the new AFL season and three teams remain undefeated.

The Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and Sydney are deservedly occupying the top rungs on the table, having embraced a proactive style of football assisted by — but not solely attributable to — the new standing the mark rule, which has led to a more attacking, free-flowing and enjoyable product.

As impressive as Melbourne and Sydney have been, the Bulldogs’ form has been the most eye-catching and looks the most sustainable. Melbourne has earned a level of mistrust that can be hard to shake but even the most cynical observer must be coming around after Sunday’s 25-point win over last year’s grand finalist Geelong.

The football experts I work with predict Sydney’s…

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