IS there any team that has the ability to play consistently this season?
After horrendous opening months to the season North Melbourne and Sydney are both in red-hot form, while the Bombers and the Magpies are making a charge towards the eight after looking on the scrap heap a mere three weeks ago.
Conversely, the Demons and the Saints – who were looking like foregone finalists – are now faltering, leaving the door wide open for teams that looked like September was beyond them a fortnight ago.
It is a crazy campaign we are witnessing right now, and we cannot get enough of it. From a punting standpoint however, it makes it tough to get winning dividends when you cannot trust a team week-to-week.
This round we have pieced together a multi that looks as safe as you could possibly get, all the while delivering a healthy return, which is just what we need after two heartbreaking weeks.
All odds for the tenth week of the AFL season were provided by Sportsbet.com.au.
Selections for the Round 10 AFL multi of the week:
Sydney Swans to beat Hawthorn Hawks ($1.20)
Melbourne Demons to defeat Gold Coast Suns ($1.46)
North Melbourne Kangaroos to beat Carlton Blues ($1.40)
West Coast Eagles to win against the GWS Giants ($1.65)
Sydney Swans vs. Hawthorn Hawks
Friday, May 26 from 7.50 pm AEST, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
A rematch of the 2014 awaits footy fans on Friday night as the Swans host the Hawks at the SCG.
After an abysmal opening six weeks to the season Sydney is arguably the hottest team in the AFL right now. The Bloods are fresh off a 50-point mauling of the Saints and cannot afford to drop any games if they are to continue their push to the finals.
It spells trouble for a Hawthorn side that is in freefall.
The Hawks had a commanding lead over the Magpies last week but capitulated badly, going down by 18-points. They can all but rule out finals after the loss.
One team is on the way up while the other is more than likely headed for the bottom four. The Swans should kick us off in the perfect fashion.
Sydney Swans to win – $1.20
Melbourne Demons vs. Gold Coast Suns
Saturday, May 27 from 4.05 pm AEST, TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs
It is a clash in the red centre on Saturday afternoon as the Demons and the Suns meet in Alice Springs.
The Demons need to bounce back quickly after losing to North Melbourne last week. The Kangaroos were superb but the Dees lacked the killer instinct needed to finish off their opponents when they got within striking distance.
A team that possesses the amount of talent that Melbourne does is too good to be going down to the Roos, so we are expecting a strong statement.
The Suns had a bye last week after their match against the Power in China.
Melbourne should have too much strength for the Suns in this one, especially through the midfield. We are backing the Dees to win comfortably in the Northern Territory.
Carlton Blues vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos
Sunday, May 28 from 3.20 pm AEST, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
The Blues and the Roos meet under the roof at Etihad Stadium in a match that looks on paper to be North’s for the taking.
Carlton is coming off a bruising encounter where they fell away in the second half to a rampant Dockers outfit. The Blues dominated in the wet early but as the sun came out Brendon Bolton’s men wilted.
The Roos had no such troubles in overcoming Melbourne to win their third game from four attempts. Suddenly finals are not out of the question after their terrific win, but they cannot afford to drop any winnable games.
They have also experienced a great patch against the Blues, winning the last two games by an average of 12 goals.
Unfortunately for the Blues the roof should be closed, which means their wet weather dominance will not come to the fore. We are backing the Roos to make it three straight wins over the Blues.
North Melbourne to win – $1.40
West Coast Eagles vs. GWS Giants
Sunday, May 28 from 4.40 pm AEST, Domain Stadium, Perth
The “flat-track bullies” return to their home deck in Perth as the Eagles host the Giants at Domain Stadium to round out the AFL multi.
We are not entirely certain that the tag fits given the Eagles won in brilliant fashion at Adelaide Oval against the Power less than a month ago, but there is no denying the effort against Essendon was well below AFL standard.
Thankfully the westerners are in Perth this week, and while a victory does not absolve them of the crippling travel doubts, they will be looking to make a statement regardless.
The Giants just scrapped over the line against the Tigers last week in contentious circumstances, and again have a raft of injuries to manage. The AFL’s longest roadtrip will not help their cause.
The Eagles are the only team the Giants have never beaten since their inception and we do not expect that to change on Sunday.
West Coast Eagles to win – $1.65
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