WE’RE into the second of the three abbreviated bye rounds, which means for the second week running there will only be six matches to choose from this week in the AFL.
One bonus for footy fans is the return of Thursday night footy, which means the AFL weekend is now stretched out over four glorious days.
Our regular readers will still be smarting over the Kangaroos’ blown opportunity last Friday night.
North Melbourne’s inability to convert its chances in front of goal cost us big time last week, ruining our multi at the first leg – which was heartbreaking, considering all our other selections were successful.
This week three of the five matches have favourites paying $1.38 or less, which makes finding value in our multi difficult, but we’re confident of finding a nice pay-out.
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 14 multi of the week:
Adelaide at the line (-19.5) to defeat North Melbourne ($1.92)
Collingwood to beat Fremantle ($1.88)
Richmond to defeat Brisbane ($1.12)
Geelong to defeat St Kilda ($1.18)
Adelaide vs. North Melbourne
Thursday, June 23 from 7.50pm at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Former league leaders North Melbourne travel west to face Tex Walker and the Adelaide Crows on Thursday night to kick off our multi.
The Roos burnt us badly last week, kicking 18 behinds against the Hawks in a match that they should have won.
As a consequence the one-time second favourites to win the minor premiership have now slipped out to the double figure odds of $23 at WilliamHill.com.au to top the ladder at the end of the season.
To make matters more difficult, the Roos face arguably the hardest road trip in footy right now, against a team fresh off the bye.
North Melbourne conceded five pivotal goals to a 21-year-old James Sicily playing in just his 13th game of football, and will have its work cut out quelling the dangerous Adelaide forward line.
We are backing Adelaide to comfortably take care North on Thursday night to kick our multi off in the best way possible.
Multi tip: Adelaide to win by 19.5 or more- $1.92
Collingwood vs. Fremantle
Friday, June 24 from 7.50pm at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
There is no question that this fixture would have been circled as a blockbuster prior to the commencement of the season, but unfortunately Collingwood and Fremantle will be a battle of the bottom 10 sides who are fighting it out for pride.
The Dockers have bounced back after losing 10 matches to start the season, winning the last three on the trot.
The West Australians ended Port Adelaide’s finals hopes last week after another spirited performance which belied their position on the ladder.
The Magpies had a week off due to the bye.
The rest should serve the home side well given the amount of injuries the squad has experienced throughout the opening three months of the season.
Collingwood has not lost at the MCG to Fremantle since 2006 and we are backing the Pies to continue their Docker dominance at home on Friday night.
Richmond vs. Brisbane
Saturday, June 25 from 1.40pm at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
It is a battle of the big cats on Saturday afternoon at the G as the struggling Lions travel to face the Tigers.
Brisbane has been absolutely horrendous over the last nine weeks of football, holding the undignifying record of an average losing margin of over 50 points.
The Lions’ latest defeat was at the hands of the West Coast Eagles, who previously had only recorded a single victory away from Perth this season.
They meet a Richmond side that has reigned supreme over them for a sustained period of time.
The Tigers are gunning for nine in a row against the Lions, a domination that extends all the way back to 2009.
Richmond is fresh off the bye and still believe it has a legitimate chance at September ($21 at Sportsbet.com.au), and while we think its finals dream is exactly that, the Tigers should have no trouble sweeping aside the Lions to keep the finals flame alight for one more week at least.
Multi tip: Richmond to win – $1.12
St Kilda vs. Geelong
Saturday, June 25 from 7.25pm at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Based on recent form, the match-up between St Kilda and Geelong points towards a comfortable Cats’ win, but the Saints are more than capable of upsetting the league leaders.
The teams have a surprisingly even record against each other at Etihad Stadium.
The Cats have recorded seven wins, the Saints have six to their name and the duo drew last year in an epic.
This week the Saints should be welcoming back captain Nick Riewoldt, who has missed the last few weeks after suffering a knee injury.
Will the inclusion of big Roo be enough to spur the Saints on to victory? We are not so sure.
The match will be closer than many think, but the Cats should be able to overcome Alan Richardson’s men and extend their lead at the top of the table in the process.
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