As we head into the Easter long weekend, Round 2 of the 2010 AFL Season will bounce off on Thursday evening, and after a flustered start to the season is sure to provide some more fantastic displays of AFL.
With Round 2 starting at the Gabba, punters should take a good look at Collingwood on Saturday who had a better than expected start to the Season – for a more in-depth analysis of the opening round of AFL click here.
In a surprising turn of events there are no games to be held on Good Friday – so fans will have to take the day off before sitting down to watch the three clashes on Saturday.
If you want to place a wager, head to Ladbrokes.com.au to have a look at the odds, and to see the range of markets on offer – remember the earlier you bet the more lucrative the odds!
Below is an outline of Round 2 of the 2010 AFL rules season:
Brisbane Lions V Carlton
Kicking off Round 2 at 7.40pm on Thursday, the Gabba alongside the Brisbane Lions will host Carlton; and both sides came away with substantial wins in Round 1.
A big difference between the two will be the number of rest days, as the Blues played last Thursday in comparison to the Lions’ more recent Saturday clash – where the players were looking drawn. Carlton may have dominated in their opening round but the Lions will certainly be a more challenging test for the Blues.
One factor which will be on the tip of everyone’s tongue will be the face-off between Brendan Fevola and his old side Carlton. However Fevola generally impressed last weekend with three goals and the basis of a strong relationship with Jonathon Brown.
Lions forward Amon Buchanan will miss Thursdays match as he broke his thumb last week, and will more than likely be sidelined for a month.
With the home ground on their side, Brisbane is going into the clash as favourites at $1.36 with Carlton at $3.15.
Collingwood V Melbourne
The MCG will come to life for the first time in Round 2 on Saturday afternoon as it sees Collingwood at home to Melbourne.
With the highlight result of the opening round, Collingwood will be looking for a repeat performance as they face Melbourne who crumbled against Hawthorn in their Round 1 clash – it may be a case of just how many goals can be scored.
However with some tough clashes coming up in the next few Rounds, the Magpies may not play to their full potential, hoping to conserve energy for their upcoming campaign.
Demons coach, Dean Bailey is hoping not to have set the same standard for 2010 that saw Melbourne the receivers of the 2009 wooden spoon.
In the odds it is an absolute white-wash for Collingwood going in at $1.05, and Melbourne at $10 – so would be an incredibly lucrative bet if you are brave enough to wager against the Pies.
West Coast V Port Adelaide
Over in Western Australia, the Subiaco Oval will see the West Coast host Port Adelaide in what will be one of the closer matches this weekend.
The Eagles lost to the Lions in Round 1 but did not go down without a fight, putting on a strong display of AFL away from home, whereas the Power struggled in their win against North Melbourne at home in Adelaide. One positive which came from the match for Port Adelaide was the emergence of four first-gamers in Cameron Hitchcock, Mitch Banner, Jackson Tengrove and Andrew Moore – hinting at a high quality side for 2010.
A fully fit West Coast side will travel to Adelaide, and youngster Brad Ebert believes the main change needs to be communication to seal the deal.
Round 2 may be a different story to last weekend’s results as West Coast are at home, and go into the match as favourites to win at $1.56, while Port Adelaide are at $2.45.
St Kilda V North Melbourne
The first of two matches taking place at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium will bounce off on Saturday night, when St Kilda takes on North Melbourne.
The Saints managed a win in Round 1 with a courageous performance against Sydney, in contrast to North Melbourne’s loss to Port Adelaide at the AAMI Stadium.
St Kilda will be playing without Justin Koschitzke who accepted a three-match sanction after rough conduct last weekend when playing the Swans.
With St Kilda going into the Season as favourites to come away with the flag, this weekend will no doubt be a question of how long the Saints can make the score line – they go in as favourites to win at $1.14 compared to North Melbourne’s $5.75.
Adelaide V Sydney
The AAMI Stadium will be packed to the rafters on Sunday afternoon as Adelaide are host to the Swans – and with both sides suffering losses in Round 1, will be a tough battle as to who can clinch the points.
The Crows went down to Fremantle who dominated in what should have been a win for the Adelaide side, and will go into Sunday’s game without youngster Rory Sloane who is out for six weeks due to an ankle injury.
Now that they have the home ground advantage Adelaide should come away with a win, especially seeing as the Swans have not won in the South Australian capital in almost six years – although if they carry on with Round 1’s form – the Swans may end their drought.
After receiving concussion in Round 1 Sydney’s Tadhg Kennelly is sitting out from training at the beginning of this week, but should start at the AAMI Stadium.
Adelaide are going into the match as favourites with odds of $1.57, while Sydney are at $2.42.
Essendon V Fremantle
The last AFL game for this weekend to take place at the Etihad Stadium will be the clash between Essendon and Fremantle.
The Bombers did not give Geelong an easy win in Round 1, and Fremantle proved a surprise win over Adelaide at home – dominating with newcomer Michael Barlow.
If Fremantle do manage to follow up with a second win, it will be the best start to a season since 1997 for the Dockers.
The battle will no doubt be close – and could be the toughest to punt on this weekend, as Fremantle have a record of failing to follow up on a good performance.
A highlight of the match will be the performance by Fremantle’s Adam McPhee who is starting against his former side for the first time at the Etihad Stadium.
It may boil down to home advantage, which this weekend falls with the Bombers who are going in ahead in the odds at $1.46, with Fremantle at $2.74.
Richmond V Western Bulldogs
Closing Sunday’s AFL proceedings will be Richmond at home to the Bulldogs at Melbourne’s MCG.
The Bulldogs suffered a surprise home defeat in Round 1 and will be looking to get back on form in Round 2, and with Richmond looking to be winners of the wooden spoon this year, Western Bulldogs should find it in Melbourne.
It will more than likely be a one sided affair with the Tigers resulting on the wrong end of it, the Bulldogs are going in as favourites at $1.05, with Richmond at $10.
Hawthorn V Geelong
Rounding out Round 2 of the AFL Season will be the MCG’s clash between Hawthorn and Geelong on Easter Monday.
Hawthorn dominated in Round 1 over Melbourne, while the Cats struggled against Essendon, but also came away with a good enough win.
It will no doubt be a fantastic battle of the best, and while Hawthorn have the home ground advantage, the Cats certainly proved their Championship winning form in the final quarter last weekend and may well edge it next Monday.
Geelong are going into the Round 2 battle at $1.54 with the Hawks at $2.50 – however will certainly be one to have a good think about.
AFL Round 2 Fixtures
|01.04.10||Brisbane Lions V Carlton||The Gabba||7.40pm|
|03.04.10||Collingwood V Melbourne||MCG||2.10pm|
|03.04.10||West Coast V Port Adelaide||Subiaco Oval||5.40pm|
|03.04.10||St Kilda V North Melbourne||Etihad Stadium||7.10pm|
|04.04.10||Adelaide V Sydney||AAMI Stadium||12.40pm|
|04.04.10||Essendon V Fremantle||Etihad Stadium||2.10pm|
|04.04.10||Richmond V Western Bulldogs||MCG||4.40pm|
|05.04.10||Hawthorn V Geelong||MCG||2.10pm|