AFTER seven weeks of football every team finally has a win to their name, but the race to the finals has certainly lost a number of contenders.
Collingwood and Essendon both lost games they should have won on the weekend, leaving them in dire positions going in against GWS and Geelong respectively. Another losing round would rule out both teams from finals contention in our eyes.
The Bombers are at $3.75 to make the finals in 2017 at Sportsbet.com.au, while the Pies are $4.
Conversely, the Dogs continue to win in the face of adversity.
The reigning premiers will be without Jake Stringer for an extended period after the explosive forward injured his knee, but that did not stop Beveridge’s boys from overcoming the Tigers and maintaining their $7 quote at Sportsbet.com.au for this year’s flag.
The Western Bulldogs ($7 at Sportsbet.com.au), Adelaide ($3.50 at Crownbet.com.au) and GWS ($3.75 at Sportsbet.com.au) are the only three teams currently in single figures for the 2017 premiership.
The less said about last week’s upset round the better, as our focus shifts to round eight and what should be a nice pocket-filler this weekend.
All odds for the eight week of the AFL season were provided by Sportsbet.com.au.
Selections for the round 8 AFL multi of the week:
St Kilda Saints to beat Carlton Blues ($1.26)
GWS Giants to defeat Collingwood Magpies ($1.23)
Geelong Cats to beat Essendon Bombers ($1.32)
Sydney Swans to win against the North Melbourne Kangaroos ($1.95)
St Kilda Saints vs. Carlton Blues
Saturday, May 13 from 2.10 pm AEST, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Fresh off their magnificent win over GWS last Friday night, St Kilda is looking to keep their winning form rolling as they face the Blues under the roof.
The Saints were dynamic against the Giants last week, overrunning their much more fancied opponents to record one of their finest wins in recent years.
They confront a team that has that winning scent in the nostrils too.
Carlton spoiled Collingwood’s birthday party in emphatic fashion, their second wet weather win at the MCG this year. The Blues are playing well above expectations this season and at full strength can be a dangerous proposition for any side.
The Saints have too much to lose here and play too well at Etihad Stadium. The Saints should get us off to the perfect start.
St Kilda Saints to win – $1.26
GWS Giants vs. Collingwood Magpies
Saturday, May 13 from 4.35 pm AEST, Spotless Stadium, Sydney
Two teams that were surprises losers in round seven meet in Sydney as the Giants host the Magpies on Saturday afternoon.
The Giants were lost last week against the Saints despite being in a commanding position at three quarter time. GWS sometimes plays with a brash flair that was labelled arrogant by the media during the week, so we are expecting a fierce and determined performance from the home side.
Collingwood were listless last week against the Blues in an important milestone for the club. We have no doubt they will come out firing this week to atone, but will it be enough?
We do not think so. GWS’ multi-faceted forward line will be far too much to contain for Collingwood’s weakened defence and the visitors will struggle to kick a score to match.
GWS Giants to win – $1.23
Essendon Bombers vs. Geelong Cats
Saturday, May 13 from 7.25 pm AEST, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Two teams that are in desperate need of a win meet on Saturday night meet at the MCG as the Bombers host the Cats.
Essendon last week was in control against Fremantle over in the west but simply ran out of legs. The Dons were up by as many has five goals but the Dockers scored at will in the latter stages of the match to run out convincing winners.
Geelong travelled to the Gold Coast last week and were embarrassed by the Suns. It was the second game in a row that the Cats were expected to win but failed to. If any team in the league is in need of a win right now it is the Cats.
We expect Geelong to be too powerful for Essendon. The road trip should take its toll on the Dons, who have been struggling to see out games irrespective.
Geelong Cats to win – $1.32
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Sydney Swans
Sunday, May 14 from 4.40 pm AEST, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Fresh off their first win of the season North Melbourne host the Sydney Swans, who are also looking to go back-to-back after registering their maiden victory of the year.
North Melbourne torched the flag favourites Adelaide in the first quarter, piling on ten goals to nothing in what proved to be the decisive moment of the match. The Crows never truly got back into the contest.
Sydney did what they had to against a weak Brisbane Lions team. Having your full forward kick eight majors never hurts either.
This one is a true toss of the coin but we feel a red-hot Buddy Franklin spells trouble for any side, especially North Melbourne. We are expecting the Swans to win their second game of the year against a Kangaroos outfit that lacks a similar level of class.
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