Round 9 of the 2015 AFL season will see several teams of similar form and ladder position lock horns, including a feature between rising powers the Bulldogs and Giants on Saturday afternoon.
There are plenty of exciting betting opportunities to over all nine games in Round 9 of the AFL season, so give yourself the best opportunity to back a winner by checking out our thoughts on each below.
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Sydney Swans vs Carlton Blues
Friday, May 29th – 7:50pm AEST – SCG
In what figures as a very interesting match to kick off Round 9 of the AFL, the second-placed Swans host the Carlton Blues who parted ways with Coach Mick Malthouse mid-week. Having won each of their last three, including a gritty win over Hawthorn last weekend, the Swans are flying high and will be full of confidence leading into this fixture. The Blues will do everything in their power to lift off the bottom of the table but realistically, the Swans should be far too strong.
Hawthorn Hawks vs Gold Coast Suns
Saturday, May 30th – 1:45pm AEST – Aurora Stadium
The Hawks have fallen into a win one, lose won run of form and enter Saturday afternoon’s match with the Suns off the back of a four point loss to the Swans. While not a shade on their 2014 selves, the Hawks are faced with a great opportunity to get back into some serious form against the lowly Suns in Tasmania, who have lost four of their last five and posted only one win over their entire 2015 Premiership campaign so far.
Melbourne Demons vs Port Adelaide Power
Saturday, May 30th – 1:40pm AEST – Traeger Park
Melbourne were beaten by more than 100 points by the Hawks two weeks ago but responded well in Round 8 when comfortably seeing off the Western Bulldogs. Port Adelaide have been nothing short of terrible in recent weeks and were unable to overcome a comfortable loss to the Lions in Week 7 when again beaten by the Tigers with relative ease. In current form, this match could realistically go either way however we believe this match figures as an ideal opportunity for Port to returning to winning form at good odds.
Western Bulldogs vs Greater Western Sydney Giants
Saturday, May 30th – 4:35pm AEST – Etihad Stadium
The Bulldogs were unable to build off an impressive showing against the Dockers two weeks ago when comfortably seen off by the Demons, while the Giants continued an impressive run of form in posting a third consecutive win over the Crows. In what is a fixture between two of the competition’s rising powers, the Bulldogs will head into the game as outsiders but will do everything in their power to atone last week’s result. The Giants have struggled with favouritism this season and may be due for a loss.
Richmond Tigers vs Essendon Bombers
Saturday, May 30th – 7:20pm AEST – MCG
The Tigers salvaged a position in the top eight with an impressive performance over the Magpies a fortnight ago and franked their form when seeing off the Port last weekend. Having posted four-consecutive losses of their own following a good start, the Bombers bounced back into the winner’s circle with a win over the Lions on Sunday. These two teams are tied on four wins and four losses this season, adding extra spice to this edition of the battle of the sash.
Adelaide Crows vs Fremantle Dockers
Saturday, May 30th – 7:10pm AEST – Adelaide Oval
Adelaide remain in the top six after eight rounds of football this season but suffered a demoralising loss to the Giants last week; their first ever to the Western Sydney franchise. Unfortunately for the Crows, they face an uphill battle to respond in the best way possible having drawn the top-of-the-table Dockers this weekend, who are yet to taste anything but success this campaign. The Crows cannot afford a slow start against Fremantle or they will find themselves on the wrong end of a huge score line on Saturday.
Brisbane Lions vs St Kilda Saints
Sunday, May 31st – 1:10pm AEST – The Gabba
Both fielding young teams, the Lions and Saints are yet to post much of a consistent or competitive run of form this season and remain locked on two wins and six losses each. The Lions saw off the Blues and Power before being dragged back to ground by the Bombers in week nine, while the Saints were unable to overcome a slow start despite rallying well against the Eagles most recently. Both sides would view this as a very winnable contest, however the Lions should have a slight edge at home.
Collingwood Magpies vs North Melbourne Kangaroos
Sunday, May 31st – 3:20pm AEST – MCG
In what figures as a particularly interesting contest in terms of ladder position, Collingwood is set to host North Melbourne on Sunday afternoon. Collingwood completely played the Roos off the park in their most recent meeting last season but they have a far-younger side this year and will not be able to rely on brute force this weekend. North can join the Pies on five wins for the season if successful but will drop comfortably off their pace should they lose. As a result, we think the Kangaroos will bounce back into form.
West Coast Eagles vs Geelong Cats
Sunday, May 31st – 2:40pm AEST – Domain Stadium
The Eagles have posted several impressive results this season but have arguably found opposition of similar form and class as their own, and will need to find an extra effort if to overcome quality teams over the next month. The Eagles midfield will be key in their chances this weekend; if they continue to dominate they should have no issue. Transversely, the Cats will look to the likes of Mitch Clark and Tom Hawkins to reverse the pressure.