THESE weekly summations are starting to become monotonous – the Kangaroos at the top, the Dockers at the bottom.
North Melbourne remain undefeated after holding off a fast-finishing Essendon at Etihad Stadium, which means Sportsbet.com.au’s undefeated promotion runs for at least another week.
The Roos’ odds of $91 to go through the season without a loss continues into round 9.
The other main novelty AFL market is the Fremantle first win.
The Dockers are $1.85 favourites to beat Richmond this week, but if they are unable to overcome the Tigers the $3 on offer for the Bombers to be their first victory of the season will shorten significantly.
Those who think they will finish the season without any premiership points can get a $41 return.
Enough of the novelties, let’s get into this week’s multi.
This week we have found a likely upset at odds, which adds significant value to this week’s selections.
All odds this week are provided by Sportsbet.com.au, which are offering anyone looking to open a new account a matched first bet offer up to the value of $501.
The AFL Round 9 Multi of the Week:
Geelong to defeat Collingwood ($1.18)
Port Adelaide to beat West Coast ($3.15)
North Melbourne to defeat Carlton ($1.22)
GWS to defeat Western Bulldogs ($1.35)
Collingwood vs. Geelong
Saturday, May 21 from 1.45pm at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Geelong and Collingwood renew hostilities at the MCG this Saturday to kick our multi off, and if previous meetings are any indication we should be in for an enthralling contest.
Collingwood bounced back into form after a disappointing showing against Carlton the week before, blowing the Lions off the park in sensational fashion.
Geelong did not have it all their own way, but they were able to stand up when it mattered against the Crows in Adelaide last Friday night.
Chris Scott’s men sit in second place on the ladder and have the best percentage in the league; their form is beginning to look ominous.
The Cats have won two of the last three against the Pies and their form line this season is far more superior.
Geelong should justify the short odds and get us off to the perfect start.
Port Adelaide vs. West Coast
Saturday, May 21 from 4.35pm at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Adelaide Oval is the next venue for our multi where the Power host the Eagles on Saturday afternoon.
Port were at their erratic best last Sunday against the Blues, coughing up a healthy lead late in the match to fall to last year’s wooden spooners by two points.
It was more of the same for the Eagles on Sunday afternoon at home against the Saints.
West Coast dismantled the visitors within a quarter, but we have seen them do it at home time and time again – we want to see if they have any substance away from Perth.
The Power should be boosted by the return of Robbie Gray, who will add some much needed class and ball winning ability around the ground for the Power.
Port Adelaide have won two of the last three meetings between the two sides and their record in South Australia is even better, winning 10 of 14 against the Eagles.
You have to be bold in the multi game if you want to get a quality return on your investment and given their recent record over the Eagles and the amount they are paying we backing the Power.
Multi tip: Port Adelaide to win – $3.15
North Melbourne vs. Carlton
Saturday, May 21 from 7.24pm at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
In one way or another a streak will end on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.
The undefeated North meet the four-in-a-row Blues in a match that looked like a formality over a month ago.
The Blues have been sensational over the last month, recording victories over old foes Essendon and Collingwood en route to winning four on the trot which leaves them level on points with eighth placed Adelaide.
Two men who will not be out there are Matthew Kreuzer and Levi Casboult, who will both miss at least the next month of football after sustaining knee injuries in the spirited Port win.
Had Kreuzer and Casboult been available Carlton could have been right in this contest, but we cannot back against North, who should have too much firepower for the injury depleted Blues.
GWS vs. Western Bulldogs
Sunday, May 22 from 3.20 at Spotless Stadium, Sydney
We have to wait until Sunday for the match of the round but it should be worth it as the free flowing Dogs travel to Sydney to face the high scoring Giants at Spotless Stadium.
Both teams registered wins last week and are firmly entrenched in finals picture.
The city of Sydney has not been a happy hunting ground for the sons of the west over the years given the Dogs have won just twice in their last nine visits.
Luke Beveridge will be hoping they have better luck in the West of Sydney given Sunday’s visit to Spotless will be the first time they have ever played at the home of the Giants.
The strength of the Giants is their scoring power, which bodes well for the home side.
The one area of the ground that can be exploited is the Western Bulldogs’ backline, especially given Marcus Adams and Mathew Boyd are both ruled out through injury and suspension.
We are expecting the Giants to record their second ever win against the Dogs, continuing their push towards the top of the ladder.
Multi tip: GWS to win – $1.13
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