Eight rounds into AFL season 2022 and we’re learning plenty.
What can the punters take from Round 8?
We put together a five-leg multi of hindsight in a world-famous blog we like to call – FIVE LESSONS LEARNED.
(1) Melbourne on Track to Beat the Record
Is anyone beating Melbourne this year?
Yet another dominant performance in second gear against the Saints at the MCG yesterday and it already has pundits and punters wondering if anyone can knock them off.
Melbourne has won their past 15 games, and the current VFL/AFL record winning streak was 23 achieved by Geelong from 1952-53.
The Demons face two weeks of the bye, also known as playing against West Coast and North Melbourne followed by the highly anticipated 1st v 2nd clash at the MCG in Round 11.
Brisbane in Round 15 could be a chance to topple Melbourne when the two meet at the ‘G on a Thursday night, or somewhat ironically the Demons could equal the record against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium in Round 17 (or the Cats could stop it.)
Either way, can anyone be confident the Demons are going to be beaten?
Having Dusty on the field is great, but Tom Lynch is having a serious purple patch as the Tigers seem to be back in the business of winning footy games.
The two-time Richmond premiership player is leading the Coleman medal betting at $4, with 27 goals – 13 of them have been in the past two games, and there would be significantly more if he was able to kick straight.
Lynch’s first half against the Magpies on Saturday afternoon was one of the more dominant displays in recent years, 18 disposals and five goals if you don’t mind.
Shout out to anyone that had Lynch in their same game multis.
The Tigers are starting to get their groove back on and back in the eight.
Tom Lynch plays a major part in that.
(3) The Dogs are Done
Stick a fork in the Western Bulldogs.
Season 2022 is done.
Bevo’s boys currently sit 3-5 after eight rounds and are coming off a loss to Port Adelaide who could not of had a worse start to the season.
Friday night against Collingwood is make or break for the Dogs.
Lose this one, and they might as well book the venue for Mad Monday.
(4) Rising Star a Group 1 Field
Not even the Golden Slipper could have as much youthful talent as the 2022 Rising Star field.
The likes of Bomber Nic Martin and Hawk Jai Newcombe impressed on Saturday night.
Dynamic forwards such as Magpie Jack Ginnivan and Crow Josh Rachelle delight the crowds.
North number one pick Jason Horne-Francis shows plenty of promise, Jack Bowey is living his best life yet to play in a losing team (and a premiership), Josh Gibcus for the Tigers is impressive, and the Punters can’t get enough of favourite Nick Diacos.
It is definitely a market to keep your eye on for the rest of the season.
(5)West Coast 4-6 (30) def. North Melbourne 3-6 (24)
Turns out the Eagles did have a win on the weekend!
Had you matched up North Melbourne and West Coast in Ladbrokes any team v any team, the Eagles would have had a thrilling one goal win and you would have got the Eagles at $1.97 upsetting the Kangaroos who were favourites at $1.78.
Fans of West Coast and North Melbourne might want to make the most of Ladbrokes any team v any team.
Bascially, you pick any two AFL teams to create a bet based on your team to outscore another in the same round. If your team scores more points in the round, you win!
That means, if your not confident on your team winning this week, you can pick another opponent for that round.
Perhaps a North Melbourne v West Coast any team v any team is on the cards again this week?
We’ve had a lot of cool promotions and features in my time working here at Ladbrokes, but this is hands down my all-time favourite.