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St Kilda vs Melbourne betting tips & odds – AFL 2021, Round 2

Saints vs Demons AFL tips

St Kilda vs Melbourne AFL Betting Odds and Game Info
AFL betting odds Saints $1.69 at BetOnline | Demons $2.18 at BetOnline
When Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:25pm AEDT
Where Marvel Stadium – Melbourne, Victoria
Last time they met Melbourne 8.4.52 – St Kilda 7.7.49 (R14, 2020)
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Both St Kilda and Melbourne will be looking to improve their records in the 2021 AFL season to 2-0 when they meet on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium.

The St Kilda Saints showed plenty of heart to come from behind in the last quarter against the Giants and snare an important victory on the road in horrendous conditions, while the Dees did enough to get the job done over Fremantle on the back of a four-quarter effort from their backline.

With both sides expected to be fighting it out for a spot in the top eight later in the year, this is one of those early-season fixtures that prove important down the track.

The Saints will be boasted by the return of key forward Max King and winger Zak Jones, whilst the Melbourne Demons will look to call on the experienced trio of Michael Hibberd, Jake Melksham and Jack Viney after all three got through a VFL practice match unscathed.


Key matchup: Paul Hunter vs Max Gawn

With both Patrick Ryder and Rowan Marshall out, the ruck duties for St Kilda have been handed to Paul Hunter. He was outgunned by fellow debutant Matthew Flynn from the Giants in Round 1, not only in ruck contests but also around the ground. His second game presents one of the hardest tasks in AFL footy as he comes up against Max Gawn in perfect conditions under the roof at Marvel Stadium. We expect Gawn to give Hunter a genuine lesson in the art of ruck work and give the likes of Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca first use of the ball throughout Saturday night.


St Kilda Saints betting info

The undermanned Saints went up to GIANTS Stadium and produced an impressive win to start the season. With several key players missing, the likes of Tim Membrey, Jack Billings and Jade Gresham all stood up when it mattered most. But it was Jack Higgins who offered a point of difference up forward, with the former Tiger looking dangerous throughout the game and ending up with two goals to his name. Odds of $2.88 are on offer for Higgins to repeat that effort, and considering the Saints have a plethora of small forwards at their disposal, he could be one to hit the scoreboard without much attention from the Demons’ back six.

St.KildaSaints

  • Jimmy Webster
  • Dougal Howard
  • Callum Wilkie
  • Ben Long
  • Thomas Highmore
  • Jack Sinclair
  • Jack Billings
  • Seb Ross
  • Hunter Clark
  • Dan Butler
  • Bradley Hill
  • Jack Lonie
  • Tim Membrey
  • Shaun McKernan
  • Max King
  • Paul Hunter
  • Jack Steeke
  • Jade Gresham
  • Jack Higgins
  • Zak Jones
  • Josh Battle
  • Harry Coffield
  • Jack Bytel (Emg)
  • Daniel McKenzie (Emg)
  • Jake Carlisle (Emg)
  • Mason Wood (Emg)
  • Coach: Brett Ratten

Melbourne Demons betting info

Nathan Jones is in the twilight of his career, but clearly there is a role for him to play in the Melbourne midfield or off the half-back flank. With the inclusion of Jack Viney expected, we expect Jones to spend more time playing loose in the back half this week. After gathering 18 touches in Round 1, he should build on that and gather at least 20 touches on Saturday night. Online bookmakers are offering up to $2 for the former skipper to achieve that feat.

MelbourneDemons

  • Alex Neal-Bullen
  • Luke Jackson
  • Bayley Fritsch
  • Tom Sparrow
  • Tom McDonald
  • Kysaiah Pickett
  • Angus Brayshaw
  • Christian Pertracca
  • Ed Langdon
  • Jayden Hunt
  • Jake Lever
  • Christian Salem
  • Neville Jetta
  • Steven May
  • Adam Tomlinson
  • Max Gawn
  • Clayton Oliver
  • Jack Viney
  • Nathan Jones
  • Charlie Spargo
  • James Jordon
  • Trent Rivers
  • Michael Hibberd (Emg)
  • Jake Melksham (Emg)
  • Oskar Baker (Emg)
  • Harrison Petty (Emg)
  • Coach: Simon Goodwin

Saints v Demons betting predictions

Melbourne to win by 1-24 points

The Dees showed enough last week against Fremantle to suggest they can match it with last year’s semi-finalists on Saturday night. Max Gawn’s certain dominance in the ruck will see the Melbourne midfield get first hands on the ball throughout the night, which will take them a long way in their hopes of going 2-0 to start 2021.

Melbourne by 1-24 points

$3.75
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Over +173.5 total points

It was a windy and difficult day at the MCG for Melbourne against Fremantle, while the Saints had to play on a rain-sodden GIANTS Stadium. Both teams will appreciate getting under the roof of Marvel Stadium for the first time in the AFL season, and we are expecting a high-scoring affair between the two finals aspirants.

Over 173.5 total points

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Saints vs Demons same game multi

Expect the tough win over the Giants last week to take a toll on the young Saints in the later stages as the Dees to collect the four points in a high-scoring affair. We are also on Nathan Jones to wind the clock back a little with 20 disposals or more to his name come the end of the night.

Melbourne 1-24 / Over 173.5 points / N Jones 20+ disposals

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