“Either we have the ball, they have the ball, or the ball is in dispute.” – Alan Jeans, legendary Hawthorn Coach.
Last week of the 6 game reduced rounds – and the bye weeks have really knocked us around thus far with our returns from AFL.
We shall see what round 13 has in store for us.
Round 13 with Sydney as favourites hosting Geelong. Goodes in for the Swans should add an extra dimension to the contest, provided he is truly fit and good to go. Cannot discount the Cats, and a win here signals intent to finish the year with one last tilt at an improbable flag. How much longer for Varcoe with another setback?
Western Bulldogs big favourites – more the poor quality of the Brisbane opponents than anything else impacting the market here. Coming off a wet weather smashing from Hawthorn, Brisbane have been showing some character in patches and 3.310 and/or Lions plus points catches the eye in the early market here. The Dogs covered easily last week against a Port Adelaide team that loomed as a threat – hard to judge what that is worth.
Clearly the match of the round . Two of the many legitimate premiership contenders, and the football media will look to this to be a defining contest and draw out a grand final favourite from the result. Don’t be fooled into doing the same. Finals football is still a long way off and the twists this season still yet has up its sleeve for us are the “known unknowns”. Still a must see game.
No line as yet displayed for the Fremantle vs Essendon match up. Bombers coming off two defeats in a row, which isn’t disastrous, but given the way they started the year they would still be pleased to be up and going this well. We have been impressed with Fremantle of late, and have always had quite a high opinion of Ross Lyon, and over at Paterson’s Stadium are a different outfit. Would be an important win for whoever grabs it.
A bit of extra feeling here for Melbourne supporters as Tom Scully returns to the MCG to play Melbourne, the team he departed for a lucrative GWS contract. There is sure to be some bad blood out there, but Melbourne would be foolish in the extreme if anything other than winning the ball and securing the outcome was the primary objective. Melbourne are right to be fancied as strong favourites.
North Melbourne, having not covered the spread betting line for 8 weeks in a row are a true screaming fade candidate, which points you towards the Crows. They only question is laying 19.5 points here in Melbourne. Adelaide’s limited away form has been quite solid, and as such has not deterred punters with the opening line of -17.5 already having been hit on Monday and Tuesday. Bernie Vince a big “in” for the Crows.
The last week of the bye rounds, and back to a full board of games next week.
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