WE could be in for a grand final preview this weekend as Adelaide and Brisbane, both undefeated, fight over top spot.
Melbourne must win to keep touch, while Carlton’s campaign will be all but over if they cannot bounce back from two straight defeats.
For the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, Fremantle and Greater Western Sydney, any realistic hopes reaching the decider have vanished.
Here are our AFLW multi picks for round five, with odds from Sportsbet.com.au – one of Australia’s most trusted football betting sites.
AFLW Round 5 multi selections:
Melbourne to defeat Greater Western Sydney – -285.71
Carlton to defeat Western Bulldogs – -175.44
Collingwood to defeat Fremantle – -107.53
Adelaide to defeat Brisbane Lions – -200
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Greater Western Sydney vs. Melbourne
5:05pm AEDT – Friday, March 3, 2017 – Blacktown ISP
Giants – +223
Demons – -285.71
It has not been a stellar debut for the ladies of GWS.
Defeat to the Lions last week, combined with results elsewhere, leaves them bottom of the ladder with no hope of a grand final berth.
They have conceded 181 points in four games while scoring only 98 themselves – an alarming record, even in a low-scoring league such as this.
For Melbourne, everything is looking up.
After losing to Brisbane in round one, the Dees have bounced back with three strong wins on the trot.
They have scored over 40 points in each of those games, and not once this season has a team lost after reaching that mark.
It has to be Daisy Pearce and the Demons to keep their grand final hopes alive.
Our pick: Melbourne to win
Carlton vs. Western Bulldogs
11:35am AEDT – Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Ikon Park
Blues – -175.44
Bulldogs – +141
The Blues are still in the hunt, but they need to turn things around right now.
A record of two wins and two defeats puts them in fourth spot, eight back from the leading pair and four shy of third-placed Melbourne.
They have not been far off the mark, however, as those losses to the Crows and the Demons were by a cumulative margin of only nine points.
It will not be a men’s and women’s fairytale double for the Dogs, who gifted Collingwood their first win of the season last weekend.
Since smashing Freo in round one, the ladies of the Kennel have not passed 30 points in a match once.
Expect a tight one, but Carlton to prevail in the end.
Our pick: Carlton to win
Fremantle vs. Collingwood
10:35am AWST – Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Rushton Park
Dockers – -114.94
Magpies – -107.53
Can Freo finally finagle their first AFLW win?
They came so close two weeks ago against the Giants, where their poor conversion in front of goal resulted in a 43-all draw.
With the exception of their first-round flogging at the hands of the Bulldogs, they have not been as far off the pace as their present station might suggest.
But while the Dockers are finding chances to score, they are also giving plenty up.
Collingwood will take anything they can get as this stage.
With only 91 points in total from four games, the Pies are the lowest-scoring team in the division.
Their five goals and two behinds for 32 points last week was more than half what they had accrued in the previous three games.
This is a tough one to call, but Freo’s mounting injury list might just cancel out their home advantage.
Our pick: Collingwood to win
Adelaide vs. Brisbane Lions
6:40pm ACDT – Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Norwood Oval
Crows – -200
Lions – +160
Adelaide are cruising towards the granny.
Besides winning four out of four, they have also kicked the highest score of the round on three occasions.
Thus, a league-high percentage of 220.8 and 159 points for should come as no surprise.
This week the South Australian side’s attacking prowess will be tested by the league’s best defence.
Tipped as rank outsiders at the start of the year, Brisbane have scrapped their way into contention through solid tactics and strong ball movement.
The Lions don’t kick many big scores – 43 points against GWS last week was easily their best – but they have yet to concede more than 23 in a match this season.
Nevertheless, the Crows should have the firepower to put one foot in the big dance.
Our pick: Adelaide to win
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