2015 AFL Round 10 Preview
The roller-coaster AFL season continued last weekend with a string of entertaining games and the Fremantle Dockers produced a typically consistent effort to record their ninth straight win of the season.
The Dockers, Adelaide Crows, Sydney Swans, Hawthorn Hawks and Collingwood Magpies are all set to start their matches as short-priced favourites, while there is not expected to be a great deal between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and West Coast Eagles or the Geelong Cats and Essendon Bombers.
Fremantle are dominant favourites to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, but we are offering inflated odds of $2 for the premiership favourites to continue their flawless start to the season.
Fremantle Dockers vs Richmond Tigers
Friday, June 5 – 8:10pm AEST – Domain Stadium
The Dockers continued their amazing start to the season with a fighting victory over Adelaide last weekend and Natha Fyfe produced another outstanding performance, which would have earnt him another three points in Brownlow Medal voting. Richmond looked like finals pretenders in the opening six weeks of the competition, but they now sit inside the top eight after three straight victories over fellow finals hopefuls Collingwood, Port Adelaide and Essendon. Despite their winning run, it is fair to say that the Tigers are still not playing the best football and they will need to improve significantly to beat the Dockers this weekend. Fremantle are sure to drop a game at some point, but we are not sure whether it will be in front of their home crowd against Richmond this weekend.
Carlton Blues vs Adelaide Crows
Saturday, June 6 – 1:45pm AEST – MCG
Malthouse may be out of the picture, but that did not help Carlton last weekend and they produced another lacklustre effort against the Sydney Swans last Friday night and they could be without the likes of Chris Judd, Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs for this encounter. Adelaide have lost two games on the trot and they really need to return to winning form this weekend if they want to be considered legitimate finals contenders. Patrick Dangerfield produced an incredible performance last weekend in an enthralling individual battle with Nathan Fyfe and if he is able to replicate that performance there is nobody in the Carlton side that can go with them. The Crows can still be wasteful with the football in hand, but they clearly outshine Carlton in a variety of other areas and they will prove far too good on Saturday afternoon.
Gold Coast Suns vs Sydney Swans
Saturday, June 6 – 4:35pm AEST – Metricon Stadium
The Gold Coast Suns arguably produced their best performance of the season to date against Hawthorn last weekend, but they face an equally tough assignment against the Sydney Swans this weekend. There has been speculation that Gary Ablett may return for the Suns this weekend, but that now looks unlikely and even the presence of their star would not be enough. The Swans did what they had to against Carlton last week, a win that was overshadowed by the controversy surrounding Adam Goodes, and they have now won four games on the trot following their shock loss at the hands of the Western Bulldogs in round five. The Suns have not beaten the Swans in their four previous meetings and that will not change this weekend.
Port Adelaide Power vs Western Bulldogs
Saturday, June 6 – 7:10pm AEST – Adelaide Oval
This is a big test for both Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs who returned to winning form with victories over the Melbourne Demons and Greater Western Sydney Giants respectively. Port have failed to reproduce the standard of football that saw them come within a game of the Grand Final last season and if they are unable to string together back-to-back wins their chances of playing finals football in 2015 would appear slim. The Bulldogs proved that their impressive start to the season was no fluke when they beat the Giants last weekend and a win over Port would likely see the Bulldogs climb back into the top eight. The Bulldogs have a surprisingly good record against Port Adelaide, but the Power should be able to continue to get their season back on track with a win on Saturday night.
Essendon Bombers vs Geelong Cats
Saturday, June 6 – 7:20pm AEST – Etihad Stadium
This is arguably the most interesting game of the weekend and there will not be a great deal between these two sides. Essendon had their chances against Richmond last Saturday night, but their lack of composure at key times and their inability to win a clearance let them down. Geelong’s big win against Carlton proved to be a false dawn and they came crashing back to earth with a big loss at the hands of the West Coast Eagles. The Cats have had the fewest amount of possessions in the AFL this season and that is a big drop-off for a team that has generally dominated possession over the last decade. The Cats have won ten of the past 12 meetings against the Bombers, but there is very little separating these teams and the Bombers represent value at their current quote of $2.15.
Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Brisbane Lions
Sunday, June 7 – 1:10pm AEST – Spotless Stadium
The Greater Western Sydney Giants received a reality check at the hands of the Western Bulldogs last weekend and it will be an interesting test of their character against the Lions this weekend. This is a game that the Giants really should win. But that is not a position that this side is used to being in. The Lions looked like they were getting their season back on track, but they suffered a massive setback when they went down to St Kilda last Sunday and lost inspirational leader Tom Rockliff due to injury. Rockliff is the heart and soul of this Lions side and they may struggle to win another game in his absence. While The Giants are deserving favourites in this encounter, they are far too short to back at their current quote of $1.12 and the Lions are well-placed to beat the line of 38 and a half points that we currently have on offer.
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs West Coast Eagles
Sunday, June 7 – 3:20pm AEST – Blundstone Arena
North Melbourne looked as though they were going to cruise to a big win over Collingwood last weekend, but they fell into their old habits and completely fell apart in the second half of the game and they let a golden opportunity to move closer to the top eight slip away. The pressure is now well and truly on this side and they have had a disrupted week after coach Brad Scott revealed that he would be out of action for four weeks due to a back problem. The West Coast Eagles solidified their position in second place with a big win over Geelong, but they are still being underrated and they find themselves as underdogs heading into this game. While North Melbourne have a good record in Tasmania and the Eagles are better at home, it is still tough to comprehend how the Kangaroos are favourites and we believe that West Coast are excellent value at their current quote and are well worth a bet in a variety of betting markets.
St Kilda Saints vs Hawthorn Hawks
Sunday, June 7 – 4:40pm AEST – Etihad Stadium
A spirited St Kilda proved too stong for the Brisbane Lions last weekend, but they face another challenge entirely when they take on Hawthorn this weekend. The Saints have generally held their own throughout 2015, but this the first genuine top four side that they have to face and their recent record against the Hawks is far from flash. Hawthorn did not put the beating on the Gold Coast Suns that many people expected and coach Alistair Clarkson was less than thrilled with his sides effort and he will have his team buoyed for an improved effort this weekend. We are expecting Hawthorn to come out firing on Sunday and record their first back-to-back wins of the season, while they should be able to easily cover the line of 53 and a half points.
Melbourne Demons vs Collingwood Magpies
Monday, June 8 – 3:20pm AEST MCG
This traditional Queen’s Birthday fixture has been dominated by Collingwood in recent years and the Demons have not beaten their rivals since 2007. The Demons inconsistent form continued last weekend when they produced a poor performance against Port Adelaide and the gap between their best and worst is still far too great. Collingwood will be coming into this game on a high following their memorable comeback victory over North Melbourne last Sunday and they now find themselves sitting in the top four. The Magpies restricted the Demons to just three goals in this meeting last year and their midfield should have no problem running over the top of their rivals on Monday. The Magpies should be included in any AFL multis this weekend and they are an outstanding bet to beat the line of 21.5 points.
Don’t forget about our $2 Friday Night Football Special! We’re offering a whopping $2 for the table-topping Dockers to roll Richmond this Friday night.