WHAT a weekend of footy to kick off the season.
Upsets galore, big scores and narrow margins. It is what footy fans dreamed of when the long, hot summer was at its most intense.
This week we get to see how serious the Bombers, the Power and the Lions are after their upset wins, and we get the opportunity to see just how good the Crows are.
Oh, and lord have mercy on the hapless Suns given the Giants will have copped the biggest rocket of all-time.
It looms as a fascinating week of AFL action.
All odds for the second week of the AFL home and away season were provided by Sportsbet.com.au.
Selections for the Round 2 AFL multi:
Adelaide Crows to beat Hawthorn Hawks ($1.63)
Essendon Bombers to defeat Brisbane Lions ($1.40)
Geelong Cats to beat North Melbourne Kangaroos ($1.23)
Port Adelaide Power to win against the Fremantle Dockers ($1.25)
Hawthorn Hawks vs. Adelaide Crows
Saturday, April 1 from 1.45 pm AEDST Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
One of the big winners of round one Adelaide travel to Melbourne to face one of the disappointments of the opening week in the form of Hawthorn at the MCG.
It is a pivotal match for Hawthorn, even at this early stage given their capitulation against a team they should have overrun in Essendon. This the Hawks welcome back former captain Luke Hodge into the fold after his club imposed suspension which will add much needed experience.
The Crows smashed the Giants last week in one of the more stunning home and away performances of the last two years at Adelaide Oval. The home side bullied the premiership favourites in a manner that nobody could have predicted.
Based on last week’s evidence it is hard to go against the Adelaide Crows. Another strong win on Saturday could see them firm as premiership favourites.
Adelaide Crows to win – $1.63
Brisbane Lions vs. Essendon Bombers
Saturday, April 1 from 7.25 pm AEDST, GABBA, Brisbane
Two of the surprise winners from the first week of the AFL clash in the sunshine state on Saturday night as the Lions host the Bombers at the GABBA.
The Lions will be looking to start fast again on Saturday night after they scored 40 points in the opening ten minutes against the Suns last weekend. Even though Brisbane were eventually headed by their opponents they steadied to win the match, showcasing a grit that was not there last season.
The Bombers rode the wave of euphoria attached to the return of their suspended players all the way to a huge win over their bitter rivals Hawthorn last weekend. It remains to be seen if their win was a sign of things to come or a flash in the pan.
That question could be answered on Saturday night.
On paper the Bombers look to be the far stronger team. The Lions looked tired in the latter stages of their opening round match, so we are taking the visitors here who finished out their game full of running.
Essendon Bombers to win – $1.40
Geelong Cats vs. North Melbourne
Sunday, April 2 from 1.10 pm AEDST, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Two of last year’s finalists meet at under the roof at Etihad Stadium under very different circumstances in 2017.
The Cats hammered the Dockers last week in Perth to record a sensational road win. Any fears about Geelong’s reliance on Dangerfield and Selwood were allayed by how influential some of their lesser lights were.
North Melbourne were dismal last week against West Coast in more ways than one. The Eagles smashed them all over the park, and any time the Roos got their hands on the ball they had a hard time maintaining position.
We do not see this match going any other way than a strong Geelong win.
Geelong Cats to win – $1.40
Port Adelaide Power vs. Fremantle Dockers
Sunday, April 2 from 4.40 pm AEDST, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Port Adelaide is looking to back up their fantastic round one win against the Swans on Sunday at home while Fremantle need to bounce back after a woeful showing in the west.
The Power beat the Swans at their own game at the SCG to record an impressive 28-point victory. The key for the inconsistent Port is to back it up the next week.
Fremantle’s game against Geelong was effectively over at half time. The travelling Dockers will be keen to atone after their poor performance.
We do not think this will be the week. Port should win comfortably to keep their redemption season rolling.
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