|Gold Coast Suns vs St Kilda Saints AFL Betting Odds and Game Info|
|AFL betting odds||Gold Coast $1.90 at Sportsbet | St Kilda $1.95 at BetOnline|
|When||Saturday, May 8 at 2:10pm AEST|
|Where||Metricon Stadium – Gold Coast, Queensland|
|Last time they met||Gold Coast 11.8.74 – St Kilda 12.6.78 (R10, 2020)|
|Watch live||7mate (QLD), Foxtel, Kayo|
The St Kilda Saints will look for their sixth straight win over the Gold Coast Suns this Saturday afternoon when the two teams do battle at Metricon Stadium in round eight of the 2021 AFL Premiership season.
Stuart Dew has never coached his Suns to a win over the Saints, but they will start as favourites after beating Collingwood on the road last week.
The Saints properly clicked for the first time this season in round seven against the Hawks, playing four quarters of impressive footy on the way to winning by 69 points.
Both sides have won three matches this season and are looking to even their ledgers with a win this week, so this is one contest that could prove important later in the year.
Gold Coast vs St Kilda match preview
Perfect conditions for footy are predicted on the Gold Coast this Saturday, which will allow both teams to move the ball quickly around the ground. Some 10 of the 14 clashes between the Suns and Saints has gone over this week’s total points line of 160, and that mark looks very achievable once again.
Although the dominance of Brodie Grundy did not cost the Suns last week, the Saints are very good at utilising their ruck duo of Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall. Expect more St Kilda midfielders to dominate the stat sheet in this match.
- Caleb Graham
- Sam Collins
- Sean Lemmens
- Oleg Markov
- Charlie Ballard
- Jy Farrar
- Brandon Ellis
- Hugh Greenwood
- Lachie Weller
- David Swallow
- Nick Holman
- Josh Corbett
- Jack Lukosius
- Ben King
- Sam Flanders
- Chris Burgess
- Izak Rankine
- Touk Miller
- Ben Ainsworth
- Noah Anderson
- Jack Bowes
- Wil Powell
- Braydon Fiorini (Emg)
- Darcy MacPherson (Emg)
- Malcolm Rosas (Emg)
- Alex Sexton (Emg)
- Coach: Stuart Dew
- Max King
- Tim Membrey
- Rowan Marshall
- Jack Higgins
- Jack Billings
- Dan Butler
- Seb Ross
- Zak Jones
- Brad Hill
- Harry Coffield
- Jack Sinclair
- Jimmy Webster
- Darragh Joyce
- Dougal Howard
- Callum Wilkie
- Patrick Ryder
- Jack Steele
- Brad Crouch
- Josh Battle
- Jack Bytel
- Hunter Clark
- Ryan Byrnes
- Mason Wood (Emg)
- Jack Lonie (Emg)
- Ben Long (Emg)
- Thomas Highmore (Emg)
- Coach: Brett Ratten
Key matchup: Ben King vs Max King
The King twins are two of the most exciting young players in the AFL, and they are now starting to break out and dominate games. Ben King has kicked a goal in every match this season, totalling 20 from his seven game in 2021. Max King has lacked accuracy and consistency in the early round of 2021, managing only 11 goals from his six appearances.
When they played against each other last season, Ben won the duel with three goals to Max’s one. We expect the Gold Coast King will once again win out on the day.
Gold Coast vs St Kilda betting tips
St Kilda to win by 1-39 points
Once the Saints get going, they are a hard team to beat, and we think they will overwhelm the Suns on this occasion. Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall do not waste ruck contests, giving the Saints a huge advantage against the ruck-less Suns. Zak Jones and Brad Hill both found form last round and should play a big role again this week.
St Kilda 1-39
Jack Sinclair to get 20+ disposals
One of the underrated Saints that quietly accumulates lots of the footy is Jack Sinclair, who is thriving in his new position across half-back. Sinclair loves playing the Suns, averaging more disposals against them than against any other team in the league over his 105-game career. Coming off a 26-disposal effort against the Hawks, we expect Sinclair to dominate against the Suns this Saturday.
Jack Sinclair 20+ disposals
Same game multi: 4 legs @ $16.75
Jack Sinclair will star for the Saints as they extend their winning streak against the Suns to six victories. Ben King will be hard to stop for Gold Coast up forward in a match where the total score goes well over the 160.5 line.
St Kilda 1-39 / Sinclair 20+ disposals / B King 3+ goals / Over 160.5 total points
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