UPSETS galore ruined many multis last week, including the final leg of our suggested one, but it seems we are starting to get a clearer picture of the contenders this season.
Hawthorn and Sydney remain winless at the bottom of the ladder, and are no certainties to turn that around this week given their tough match-ups, while Richmond and Port Adelaide could potentially pinch positions inside the eight if their hot starts to the season continue.
We are almost one month into the season but we are finally getting to see who is ready to step up and who is looking to step off.
All odds for the fourth week of the AFL season were provided by Sportsbet.com.au.
Selections for the Round 4 AFL multi of the week:
Western Bulldogs to beat North Melbourne Kangaroos ($1.30)
GWS Giants to defeat Port Adelaide Power ($1.30)
Gold Coast Suns to beat Carlton Blues ($1.75)
Richmond Tigers to win against the Brisbane Lions ($1.38)
Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos
Friday, April 14 from 4.20 pm AEDST Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
The Kangaroos and the Bulldogs kick off our AFL multi this weekend on Good Friday for the first time in AFL history.
The Roos are looking to get off the mark in 2017 after a dismal start to the season. A loss on Friday night would be nine straight home and away and finals games North Melbourne have lost in a row.
The Dogs need to bounce back after a disappointing loss to the Dockers at Domain Stadium. They now return to Etihad Stadium where they are arguably the best performing team in the league under the roof.
Unless there is some Good Friday divine intervention it is hard to envisage the Roos winning this one. The Dogs should kick us off to the perfect start.
Western Bulldogs to win – $1.30
GWS Giants vs. Port Adelaide Power
Saturday, April 15 from 4.35 pm AEDST, Manuka Oval, Canberra
The footy returns to the nation’s capital for the first time in 2017 as the Giants host the Power at Manuka Oval.
The GWS were everyone’s pick for the AFL flag this season, but after a disappointing opening and a less than stellar performance last week against the Roos, the men in orange and charcoal need to make a statement.
Port Adelaide lost last week to their cross-town rivals in the showdown, but they lost no admirers in the process. The Power look like they have found an extra gear in 2017 and could be an outside chance for finals football.
Unfortunately for Power coach Ken Hinkley they will be without a recognised ruckman, which means Jackson Trengove will face Shane Mumford. It looks as a horror afternoon for the backman.
We are backing the Giants to win this one easily.
GWS Giants to win – $1.30
Carlton Blues vs. Gold Coast Suns
Saturday, April 15 from 7.25 pm AEDST, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
The Blue baggers are looking to back up their fantastic win in the wet last week against the Bombers against the red-hot Suns under the roof on Saturday night.
Both teams caused huge upsets last week, but Gold Coast’s win against the Hawks could signal the new era for the Suns. Rodney Eade’s men destroyed Hawthorn and looked completely slick across the ground.
The pristine conditions under the roof should suit their run-and-gun style down to the ground.
The Blues were brilliant last week, but we could not help but wonder how much the sodden conditions played a part in their performance. Carlton outsmarted and outworked the Bombers, but do they have enough class to do it under the roof.
We do not think so. The Suns should scorch the Blues to keep us rolling into the final leg.
Gold Coast Suns to win – $1.75
Brisbane Lions vs. Richmond Tigers
Sunday, April 16 from 3.20 pm AEDST, GABBA, Brisbane
It is a battle of the big cats to round out our multi this weekend as the Lions host the Tigers at the GABBA on Sunday.
The Lions could conceivably be 3-0 this season, and look a much improved side on the one that finished second last in 2016. The inclusion of Danye Beams has been enormous for Brisbane, who boast one of the stronger midfields in the competition.
The Tigers are roaring at 3-0 and look to have vastly improved across the board. We are sceptical as to whether they have truly improved or if they are yet to play a great team, but the age-old adage dictates “you can only beat what’s in front of you”.
The Tigers are the far better team on paper and should easily account for
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