UNPREDICTABILITY in the AFL makes it fun for the impartial viewer, but for the punters it is an absolute nightmare.
The Giants were an anchor for many a multi last weekend, and Carlton proceeded to ruin our dividends. While it was fun to watch GWS go down, our bank accounts did not feel the same elation.
This weekend looks to be equally as difficult as there are a number of evenly matched teams locking horns, but on the plus side it means inflated odds on all matches.
We are confident that this week’s multi will generate a big dividend.
All odds for the 13th week of the AFL season were provided by Sportsbet.com.au.
Selections for the AFL Round 13 multi of the week:
St Kilda Saints to beat North Melbourne Kangaroos ($1.95)
Sydney Swans to defeat Richmond Tigers ($1.87)
Gold Coast Suns to beat Carlton Blues ($1.37)
Western Bulldogs to win against the Melbourne Demons ($1.56)
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. St Kilda Saints
Friday, June 16 from 7.50 pm AEST, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
North Melbourne and St Kilda kick off our AFL multi this weekend under the roof at Etihad Stadium.
The match is incredibly vital for both sides given the loser will be free to make their September plans early this season.
The Saints need to bounce back after their insipid effort against the Crows. The visitors were completely outclassed in Adelaide, but regain superstar Nick Riewoldt, who will provide some much needed structure up forward.
The Roos are fresh off their bye.
St Kilda is an uncontested ball team. The Saints are ranked fourth in the league on the outside, while the Roos are ranked in the bottom four, which means under the roof Alan Richardson’s men will get the chance to sling the ball around at speed.
We are backing the Saints to torch North on the outside and ultimately win the match. The inclusion of Riewoldt is a huge one that swings momentum in St Kilda’s favour.
St Kilda Saints to win – $1.95
Richmond Tigers vs. Sydney Swans
Saturday, June 17 from 1.45 pm AEST, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
The Swans look to continue their push towards an unlikely finals berth as they travel to Melbourne to face the Tigers at the MCG.
Sydney is fresh off their finest win of the season, destroying the reigning premiers in the grand final rematch by 46-points. The home side dismantled the Dogs in every facet of the game to make a huge statement.
Richmond is fresh off their bye but will be looking to make it three wins in a row after overcoming Essendon and North Melbourne prior to the week off.
Last time the teams met the Swans gave the Tigers a football lesson. While we are not predicting another triple figure winning margin, we think Sydney’s ball winning ability on the inside, coupled alongside a potent forward line should give them the advantage on Saturday.
Gold Coast Suns vs. Carlton Blues
Sunday, June 17 from 7.25 pm AEST, Metricon Stadium, Melbourne
Two teams coming off wins of the most unlikely meet on Saturday night in a game that won’t have much impact on the final eight, but should be entertaining nevertheless.
The Gold Coast held out a fast-finishing Hawthorn last week to record a brilliant win at the MCG. It was a sparkling win that showcased exactly what the Suns can do when fully switched on.
The Blues produced the upset of the season against the Giants last week at Etihad Stadium. Carlton outhunted and outgunned their opponents, and were well served by makeshift backman Liam Jones, who gave Jonathan Patton a hammering.
Jones will need another big outing against Tom Lynch if the Blues are to win here, and we think a similar performance is beyond him given how much of an aerobic beast the Suns’ spearhead is.
We are backing the Suns to win at home and keep us rolling into the final leg.
Gold Coast Suns to win – $1.37
Western Bulldogs vs. Melbourne Demons
Sunday, June 18 from 3.20 pm AEST, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
The struggling reigning premiers meet the Demons on Sunday afternoon under the hood at Etihad in a match that should be the contest of the round.
The Dogs need to get back on track after last week’s humiliating loss to the Swans. Luke Beveridge’s men need to get back to basics after being comprehensively smashed across the park.
Melbourne is coming off arguably their finest win of the season, storming back against the Pies late to record a spirited victory. After trailing by five goals in the first half the Dees rallied back hard to take the four points. A similar first half performance on Sunday will see them out of the contest by half time against a much slicker Bulldogs outfit.
We are backing the Dogs to be breathing fire here. Their performance last week was not indicative of where they are at as a football club and we suspect we will see the real reigning premiers come Sunday afternoon.
Western Bulldogs to win – $1.56
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