WE have reached the first of three bye weeks in the AFL, which means footy fans miss out on three games of football each round until the second week of July.
Thankfully, there are still plenty of interesting contests this week.
North Melbourne and Hawthorn meet on Friday night in a contest that will tell us a lot about the Kangaroos’ premiership chances, while Port travel to Perth to face Fremantle in a match that could end the Power’s push for the finals.
The Swans also face the Demons in a match that could be a lot tighter than most expect given Swan’s ruck gun Kurt Tippett will be unavailable.
All odds this week are provided by Sportsbet.com.au, which is offering anyone looking to open a new account a matched first bet offer up to the value of $501.
AFL Round 13 Multi of the week:
North Melbourne to defeat Hawthorn ($2.65)
Port Adelaide to beat Fremantle ($1.65)
Geelong to defeat Western Bulldogs ($1.67)
Sydney to defeat Melbourne ($1.21)
Combined multi value: $8.83 @ Sportsbet.com.au
North Melbourne vs. Hawthorn
Friday, June 17 from 7.50pm at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
The league-leading North Melbourne host Hawthorn to kick off round 13 in a match that could expose which one of these teams will be making up the numbers in 2016.
The Roos were beaten soundly by Geelong – or more specifically Patrick Dangerfield – last week, and while the AFL community was quick to say Brad Scott’s men have been ‘exposed’, we are a bit more forgiving.
You could have been forgiven for thinking Hawthorn had their training session on Friday night televised after the Hawks destroyed the Bombers.
Could the soft contest be detrimental to the Hawks as they enter Friday night? We think so.
We expect the Roos to bounce back to show the competition they are not just flat track bullies.
Multi tip: North Melbourne to win – $2.65
Fremantle vs. Port Adelaide
Saturday, June 18 from 4.35pm at Domain Stadium, Perth
Two of the pre-season fancies for the flag face off in a contest that borders on irrelevant in Perth as the Power line up against the Dockers on Saturday afternoon.
The Power have their backs against the wall and are in desperate need of a win if they are to force their way into finals contention.
Port Adelaide are currently the only team outside the current top-8 in single figures to make the finals at $3.75 at sportsbet.com.au, but if they cannot overcome the Dockers on Saturday the dream will be over.
Fremantle snapped their horrid ten game losing streak, hammering both Essendon and Brisbane in consecutive weeks – but we are not convinced it means anything given how poorly both those teams are travelling.
Expect the Power to dominate the Dockers en route to closing the gap on the top-8.
Western Bulldogs vs. Geelong
Saturday, June 18 from 7.25pm at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Two of the most exciting teams in the league meet under the Etihad roof on Saturday night as the Dogs and the Cats clash for a chance to earn a double chance.
The Western Bulldogs were brave last week against Port Adelaide after losing one of their prime movers Luke Dahlhaus early in the contest, holding on in a see-sawing final quarter to register an important three-point win.
The Cats handled the Roos easily on Saturday night on the back of an incredible performance from Patrick Dangerfield, who amassed 48 possessions and kicked two goals.
Patrick Dangerfield is the $2.75 favourite for the Brownlow medal at sportsbet.com.au.
The Dogs as a collective unit lifted when Dahlhaus went down, but his speed will be sorely missed against the strong Geelong midfield, which should be far too powerful for the much younger Bulldog outfit.
We are expecting Geelong to salute and keep our multi running into Sunday afternoon.
Multi tip: Geelong to win – $1.67
Sydney vs. Melbourne
Sunday, June 18 from 1.10pm at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Not quite a formality to round out this week’s multi, but we are confident that Sydney and Melbourne should be a walk in the park for the home side.
The Demons were terrific last week, winning the Queen’s Birthday clash against Collingwood for the first time in almost a decade.
Several Demons gathered possessions at will including Bernie Vince who totalled over 40 touches.
This will not happen against the Swans.
Sydney need to bounce back after their disappointing showing against GWS last weekend.
The Swans need a huge lift from Lance Franklin, who, after looking set to kick 100 goals this season has only managed three in the last fortnight.
Franklin is now the second favourite for the Coleman ($2.05) at WilliamHill.com.au, despite leading the goal kicking tally for the league; can he put a margin on his rivals on Sunday afternoon?
The emphasis on Buddy to perform will be even greater given the Swans will be without Kurt Tippett for at least the next six weeks after he sustained a high grade hamstring injury.
We are backing the Bud and his Swans to hammer the Demons and put themselves back in the top-two frame.
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