WE are at the mid-point of the season and the top eight teams playing finals football look set in stone.
Collingwood and Richmond were expected to push for finals in 2016, but after a poor beginning to the season both teams are at $26 to make the eight at Sportsbet.com.au.
Conversely, the Giants were $3.60 outsiders to play in September after losing to the Demons in round one, but Leon Cameron’s men have since rallied and are now a $1.90 shot to make the top four at WilliamHill.com.au.
This week presents a difficult challenge for punters given the quality of the match ups on offer, but we have put in the hard yards and selected a multi that we believe will generate some serious cash for our readers.
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Round 12 AFL multi of the week:
West Coast to defeat Adelaide ($1.48)
St Kilda to beat Carlton ($1.57)
Richmond to defeat Gold Coast ($1.22)
Melbourne to defeat Collingwood ($1.68)
West Coast vs. Adelaide
Saturday, June 11 from 7.40pm at Domain Stadium, Perth
We have elected to skip Friday night and Saturday afternoon in this week’s multi and jump straight into Saturday night football over in the West as the Eagles and the Crows clash at Domain Stadium.
West Coast come in off the back of another road loss; this time to the top-four Western Bulldogs by eight points.
Reigning Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy was kept to just one major (kicked in the last quarter) – the first time in nine weeks the former Blue was kept to under two goals.
We are backing Kennedy to bounce back early in the contest.
The 28-year-old All-Australian is at $7 to boot the first goal of the match at Sportsbet.com.au.
The Crows hammered the Saints last weekend by 88 points, further solidifying why many pundits are predicting that Don Pyke’s men will be right in the premiership mix come September.
Crownbet.com.au has the Crows on the eighth line of betting at $13 for the 2016 AFL premiership.
The Crows can make a massive statement if they are to win in the west, but we are not so sure they have what it takes to topple Adam Simpson’s men.
The Eagles are formidable at home and we are expecting them to keep their dominant Domain form intact against the Crows on Saturday night.
St Kilda vs. Carlton
Sunday, June 12 from 1.10pm at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
The Blues and the Saints are the next pair to clash, this time on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.
Carlton has the opportunity to go into the bye at 7-5 after starting the season winless in the opening month.
The Blues crushed the Lions last week to insert themselves firmly in the finals picture, and WiliamHill.com.au has Brendan Bolton’s men at the $6.50 quote to make the eight in 2016.
Carlton is aiming for five wins in a row against St Kilda.
The Saints have fallen in a hole after a strong start to the season.
St Kilda was smashed by the Crows to the tune of 88-points, and to compound the heavy loss Alan Richardson will be without captain Nick Riewoldt and young gun Paddy McCartin; who will both miss through a leg injury and concussion respectively.
The injuries to the Saint forwards swing the match in Carlton’s favour, who should win to notch up their seventh win of the season and their fifth consecutive win over their Sunday opponents.
Multi tip: Carlton to win – $1.57
Richmond vs. Gold Coast
Sunday, June 12 from 3.20pm at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Two teams that are destined for obscurity in 2016 meet at the MCG on Sunday afternoon as the Tigers and the Suns battle at the home of football.
Richmond’s season hit a massive bump on Friday night in Hobart, falling to North Melbourne by 70 points.
The Tigers are now a three games back, plus percentage from eighth-placed Adelaide and are at the massive price of $26 at Crownbet.com.au to make the finals in 2016.
The Gold Coast were gallant against Sydney last week in the torrential rain, but were eventually worn down by premiership favourites, who reigned victorious by 38-points at Metricon Stadium.
The Suns will be without star midfielder Aaron Hall, who coach Rodney Eade said will play reserves football after a quiet back-to-back games.
Could the omission of Hall be the catalyst that spurs the Suns on to a late season revival? We are not so sure.
Richmond is still confident they can make the finals this season, and if that is to eventuate the Tigers need to sweep aside the hapless Suns.
The Tigers should make it three wins from four games against Gold Coast.
Multi tip: Richmond to win – $1.22
Melbourne vs. Collingwood
Monday, June 13 from 3.20pm at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
The annual Queen’s Birthday clash between the Demons and the Pies rounds out our multi this week.
It is curtains for the loser of this match-up in 2016, while the victor still has an outside chance of sneaking into the eight by the end of the season.
Melbourne was spirited against the Hawks last weekend, going down by 18-points in wet conditions at the MCG.
The Demons were in the game for long stretches of the match, but failed to capitalise on their opportunities in front of goal.
Collingwood was listless last Sunday against the Power at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Pies were never in the contest and went down by 67 points against a team that has struggled on the road all season.
Melbourne is aiming for three wins in a row against Collingwood and should register a comfortable win over the injury-riddled Pies.
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