WE are nine rounds into the season and even at this early stage the top eight is starting to look set in stone.
Every team that is inside the top-eight has a percentage of 100 or greater, while only two teams outside finals contention – Melbourne ($4 to make the eight) and Port Adelaide ($6) – are over triple figures.
Of the teams currently inside the top eight, Adelaide is at the longest odds to make the finals at $1.22.
The Magpies and the Tigers went back-to-back for the first time in season 2016, and are $6 and $7 respectively to make a late charge towards the final eight.
This week is indigenous round in the AFL, which not only gives the fans a chance to pay tribute to the great contribution native Australians have made to our game, but also gives punters additional medal markets on selected games this weekend.
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AFL Round 10 Multi of the week:
Melbourne to defeat Port Adelaide ($1.81)
St Kilda to beat Fremantle by more than 23.5 points ($1.92)
GWS to defeat Adelaide ($1.90)
Western Bulldogs to defeat Collingwood ($1.45)
Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide
Saturday, May 28 from 2.10pm at Traeger Park, Darwin
The Demons and the Power will meet in the Northern Territory on Saturday afternoon to kick off our multi.
Both sides need to win if they are to stay within striking distance of the final eight.
After a disappointing fortnight of football, it is a huge weekend for Max Gawn.
Gawn will be going up against the undersized Jackson Trengove and rookie Dougal Howard, and if he is serious about his aspirations to be the number one ruckman in the league he’ll have to prove it against the Power.
We are expecting Gawn and the Demons to have a big outing in Darwin and condemn the Power to another loss and a further nail in their finals coffin.
St Kilda vs. Fremantle
Saturday, May 28 from 4.35pm at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
It’s the Ross Lyon Cup at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The resurgent Saints host the cellar-dwelling Dockers in a match that could get incredibly ugly for the visitors.
The Saints have some of the most exciting youngsters in the AFL, and while their veterans are up playing at a high level, they are a capable of beating any team in the league.
The St Kilda triple-towers, Tim Membrey, Paddy McCartin and Josh Bruce will create havoc for a Docker backline that will be without young gun Alex Pearce and Michael Johnson.
David Mundy will also miss through a calf complaint, further depleting an already-injury-ravaged midfield.
The Saints blew out the Dons late last week to win by 46 points, and we are expecting a similar margin on Saturday afternoon.
Multi tip: St Kilda to win by over 23.5 points – $1.92
Adelaide vs. Greatern Western Sydney
Saturday, May 28 from 7.40pm at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Saturday night at Adelaide Oval pits the two most potent forward lines in the AFL against each other as the Crows battle the Giants.
Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney are the only two teams in the AFL that have scored over 1000 points to date this season.
Both teams match up evenly through the midfield (the Giants are the best clearance team in the league and the Crows are the third), which means the match should be won in the respective forward lines.
It’s a big week for Eddie Betts.
The enigmatic small forward has been unusually quiet in recent weeks, being held goalless twice in three matches.
Even if Betts can find a bag of goals against the Giants, we are still expecting the visitors to win for the first time ever in Adelaide and firmly entrench themselves in top four.
Multi tip: Greater Western Sydney to win – $1.90
Collingwood vs. Western Bulldogs
Sunday, May 29 from 3.20pm at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
A crucial battle between the Magpies and the Bulldogs rounds out the multi this weekend.
Collingwood were magnificent last week against Geelong, slaughtering the premiership favourites in the first quarter before holding off the fast finishing Cats to record the important victory.
The Western Bulldogs were gallant last week against the Giants but were unable to match the attacking threat that is Greater Western Sydney.
The Dogs have arguably the best on-ball brigade and one of the most unpredictable forward lines in the league; Collingwood will have a hard time finding a match up for Jake Stringer and Tory Dickson.
We are expecting Jake ‘The Package’ Stringer to have a huge outing on Sunday to drag his team across the line against the Pies en route to winning the Rose/Sutton medal at $12.00
Multi tip: Western Bulldogs to win – $1.45
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