The AFL world is a different place right now but that didn’t stop another great weekend of footy from taking place.
We’ve taken a look back and have share our Five Lessons Learned from Round 5.
1. The Bombers Can Win The Flag
In a shortened year where the fixture is seemingly changing week to week, there is an opportunity for many teams to put themselves in a position to strike late in the season.
Heading into Friday night’s blockbuster, the Pies were one of the premiership favourites (currently $9.00) and Essendon were simply superb, running out 15 point winners.
The Bombers have injuries to some key personal but they are playing an exciting brand of football that have seen them lose just once this season.
They currently sit 5th on the AFL ladder (with a game in hand) and the $26.00 currently available for them to win the 2020 AFL Premiership looks enticing.
2. Tipping Is Easy
Don’t be surprised if you see a few 8 and 9s in your tipping competition this week.
In what has been a very difficult season to predict so far, eight of the nine favourites saluted in round five.
Not only did the favourites win, every single one of them managed to cover their respective lines as the punters filled their pockets.
Collingwood were the only team to let the punters down on Friday night when they lost to the Bombers as the $1.42 favourites.
Both of our Player Picks were winners:
Jake Stringer to kick the first goal in any quarter was a winner at $3.00
Jack Billings to get 21+ disposals was a winner at $2.00
3. No Matt Rowell. No Suns.
The football world went into mourning when Matt Rowell grabbed his shoulder very early on in the Gold Coast v Geelong game on Saturday afternoon at GMHBA Stadium.
The Suns youngster has been a revelation not only for the Suns midfield but in the entire competition and he headed into round five as the third favourite in Brownlow Betting.
The Suns were game without their star midfielder but they lost the game by 37 points despite the now 19 year old wanting to return to the field.
Oh and two of the greatest ever players Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett celebrated milestones.
But Matt Rowell.
4. The Lions Are The Real Deal
A top of the table clash between the Lions and Port Adelaide took place at the Gabba on Saturday night and only one came out looking like genuine premiership contenders.
The Lions couldn’t have been anymore impressive as the flexed their muscles and beat the Power by 37 points.
The Brisbane Lion are now the Premiership favourites having moved from $12.00 to $6.00.
They play Geelong this weekend at the SCG as they leave sunny QLD for their NSW hub.
5. The Crows Won’t Win A Game In 2020
The Adelaide Crows Football Club is in turmoil.
They seemingly had their chance against a previously winless Fremantle Dockers team on Sunday at Metricon Stadium but they were outplayed and outclassed.
Fremantle ran out 20 point winners without Adelaide firing a shot all afternoon.
Fitzroy were the last team to go an entire season without winning a game of football way back in 1964 and although it is unlikely, I’m not sure where the next win is going to come for the Crows.
The play the Eagles at the Gabba on Saturday night before playing an in form St Kilda the weekend after.