The much-maligned bye rounds begin in the AFL this weekend and the Adelaide Crows, Richmond Tigers, Western Bulldogs, Brisbane Lions, Carlton Blues and Hawthorn Hawks all have a week off.
While there are only six games this weekend, there are still plenty of intriguing matches this weekend and the clashes between the Port Adelaide Power and Geelong Cats, North Melbourne Kangaroos and Sydney Swans, Collingwood Magpies and Greater Western Sydney Giants and St Kilda Saints and Melbourne Demons are sure to be hotly contested.
There are a number of betting opportunities in round 11 of the AFL and we are tipping that it will be a week of upsets!
Port Adelaide are currently priced at $1.42 to beat Geelong, but we are offering $2 for the Power to make it three wins on the trot with our Friday Night Footy Special!
Port Adelaide Power vs Geelong Cats
Friday, June 12 – 7:50pm AEST – Adelaide Oval
Both Port Adelaide and Geelong surprisingly find themselves sitting outside the top eight and this game will be key to their chances of playing finals football. Port Adelaide returned to a semblance of their best form with two good wins over the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs and their young midfield looks to have finally got their act together, but this will be a much tougher test. Geelong bounced back from a poor performance against West Coast to produce their best performance of the season to date against Essendon and amazingly they managed to keep their rivals scoreless in the first half. The Cats are sure to have taken plenty of confidence out of that victory and because of that may represent a little bit of value at their current quote of $2.65, while Port are under the odds for a side that has struggled for consistency in 2015.
Gold Coast Suns vs Fremantle Dockers
Saturday, June 13 – 1:40pm AEST – Metricon Stadium
This is first against last and it could get very ugly for the Gold Coast Suns. Fremantle had their unbeaten start to the season ended by Richmond last Friday night and you can rest assured that the team would have copped it from coach Ross Lyon throughout the week. The Suns produced an uninspired effort against the Sydney Swans last weekend and it is tough to see how they are going to match it with the Dockers this weekend. Gold Coast are the worst offensive team in the AFL and it would not surprise if Fremantle kept them to a very paltry total. The Dockers have won all four of their previous meetings with the Suns and there is very little chance that changes this weekend. Fremantle should be included in all multis and they will beat the current line of 45.5 points.
West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers
Saturday, June 13 – 4:35pm AEST – Domain Stadium
The West Coast Eagles dream run to start the 2015 AFL season came to an end when they lost a hard-fought encounter to North Melbourne last weekend, but they look well-placed to return to winning form against the Essendon Bombers this weekend. The Eagles have shown that they are capable of posting big scores in 2015 and their impressive forward line will be improved by the long-awaited return of Jack Darling. Essendon were absolutely disgraceful against Geelong last weekend and they failed to kick a single goal in the first half. This is an even tougher test for the Bombers and unless their senior players begin to step-up, their season looks like it is going to fall off a cliff. West Coast have won 14 of their 17 meetings with Essendon at Domain Stadium and it would surprise if they are unable to improve that record this weekend.
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Sydney Swans
Saturday, June 13 – 7:20pm AEST – Etihad Stadium
This is arguably the most interesting game of the weekend and it will be a test of where North Melbourne are at heading into the halfway point of the season. The Kangaroos have played some good football at times in 2015, but they have been thwarted by inconsistency, but they are sure to have taken plenty of benefit from their tough victory over West Coast last weekend. Sydney continue to fly under the radar in 2015, but after ten rounds they sit in second position on the ladder, with 8-2 record and they are one of only three sides that look like they are capable of winning the flag. The Swans have an outstanding record against North Melbourne in recent years and they flogged them in the preliminary final last year, but this feels like a danger game for Sydney and the Kangaroos should be able to beat the line of 15 and a half points in what we expect will be a very close encounter.
Collingwood Magpies vs Greater Western Sydney Giants
Sunday, June 14 – 1:10pm AEST – MCG
Collingwood and Greater Western Sydney are two of the most exciting young teams in the AFL and this Sunday afternoon encounter is set to be an absolute ripper. Collingwood looked as though they were going to put a monster score on Melbourne last week, but they went to sleep in the middle of the game and their inability to play four strong quarters is becoming a concern for Collingwood. The Greater Western Sydney Giants showed good character to bounce back from their loss against the Western Bulldogs to record a comfortable win over the Brisbane Lions and they are sure to be keyed up for one of the biggest games in club history in front of what will be a big crowd at the MCG. The Giants have only recorded one win at the MCG when they beat a hapless Demons side last year, but if the Giants are able to keep the likes of Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan relatively quiet they are capable of recording a big win.
St Kilda Saints vs Melbourne Demons
Sunday, June 14 – 4:40pm AEST – Etihad Stadium
Many tipped this game to be a contest for the wooden spoon pre-season, but both of these teams have been far more competitive in 2015 and this should be a fairly even game. The Saints were easily beaten by Hawthorn last weekend, but coach Alan Richardson was still happy with his team’s effort and they will take plenty of confidence into this encounter due to their outstanding record against the Demons – having won their past ten meetings. The Demons were staring down the barrel of a hiding at the hands of Collingwood, but they showed plenty of tenacity to claw their way back into the game and they managed to beat the line. This is a very tough game to analyze and there will not be anything between these two teams, which means that the Demons offer a little bit of value at their current quote of $2.
Don’t forget about our $2 Friday Night Football Special! We’re offering a whopping $2 for the Power to roll Geelong this Friday night.