This weekend we see Round 3 of the 2010 AFL Season come to a head, as some sides emerge from Round 2 licking their wounds, others brim with confidence and this weekend will be sure to provide some more exciting displays of AFL.
Bouncing off on Friday evening at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium – St Kilda are at home, and after absolutely dominating in Round 2 will be out to continue their fine form.
For a more in depth analysis of Round 2 click here.
As the points table starts to find form, St Kilda are sitting top, with Fremantle and the Lions behind on goal difference, while Richmond, after their crumbling defeat to the Bulldogs in Round 2 are at the bottom of the ladder.
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Below is an outline of the upcoming Round 3 in the AFL Season.
St Kilda V Collingwood
Bouncing off Round 3, the Eithad Stadium will see the Saints at home to the Magpies, with the two Melbourne-based sides battling it out at the top of the early Season table.
St Kilda sent a message out to the rest of the AFL with their mauling of the Kangaroos last weekend, and although Collingwood have had a better start to the Season than expected with two wins, the Pies are facing a daunting challenge.
Collingwood only scraped a win last weekend over Melbourne, and will need to root down the Saints’ skipper Nick Riewoldt who can do no wrong at the moment.
The Saints are coming into the match as a solid team, whereas the Magpies are still finding their footing in the early stage of the Season, with some great individuals who are not yet moulding as one – most notably the impressive Luke Ball.
St Kilda are going into the odds at $1.50, while Collingwood are slightly behind at $2.60.
North Melbourne V West Coast
Kicking off Saturday’s proceedings at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, North Melbourne will be at home to the West Coast in their Round 3 match.
The Kangaroos were absolutely flawed last week by a dominant St Kilda side, while the Eagles went down to Port Adelaide by three points after missing some vital opportunities to score those extra points.
Both sides will be looking for their first win of the Season in Round 3, having both suffered reasonable losses in both Rounds so far, and not yet proving themselves as dominant forces for 2010.
With little in it in the way of recent form, the sides are going into Round 3 with equal odds – $1.91.
Port Adelaide V Brisbane Lions
On Saturday afternoon the AAMI Stadium in Adelaide will see fans flock to the city to bear witness to the clash between Port Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions – which is sure to be a spectacle of intense AFL.
With both sides undefeated at this stage of the Season, and the head-to-head meetings at 11 a piece, it is certain to be a tight game.
The Lions have impressed this Season with the combination of skipper Jonathan Brown and Brendan Fevola forming one of the fiercest attacks in the League – however go into Saturday’s match without Jared Brennan.
The Power will have the home advantage, and with their coming from behind last weekend to win against the West Coast away from home proves their strength and determination for this season – and with an in-form Jason Devonport could well continue their winning streak.
The two sides are currently going into the match with equal odds at $1.91; however the Lions do have a nine day difference between matches, and may well have the legs which last longer during this tough battle on the day.
Sydney V Richmond
The Sydney Cricket Ground will host Saturday’s first night time AFL game with the Swans at home to Richmond.
With the home side impressive in their first win of the Season over Adelaide in Round 2, the Swans will be coming into this weekend expecting a second win – as their opening game against the Saints was another strong performance.
In contrast, The Tigers have not yet won this Season, having suffered two humiliating defeats, so will be travelling to Sydney in search of their first win.
It will be a case of two Daniel’s to keep an eye on at the SCG with Daniel Bradshaw kicking well this season for the Swans and Daniel Connors boasting two solid performances to his name.
It is no surprise to see Sydney dominate the odds at $1.10, while Richmond are at $7 – so would provide a lucrative payout for the risky punter.
Carlton V Essendon
Closing Saturday’s Round 3 AFL proceedings will be the battle at the MCG, when Carlton play host to Essendon in this passionate clash.
Both of the Melbourne-based sides are coming off a loss, and will be fighting tooth and nail to clinch this win and turn around their 2010 campaigns. However, the Blues have the confidence going into Round 3 with one win under their belt, whereas the Bombers are standing at two losses from two rounds.
The Blues have not seemed to miss Fevola too much this season as Setanta O’Hailpin has risen to the challenge and will need to be controlled by the Bombers if they want any chance on Saturday.
Carlton are going into the match as favourites with odds of $1.55 while Essendon are behind at $2.50, but with the traditional passion that this rivalry provokes, it could be anybody’s game.
Melbourne V Adelaide
The MCG will spring to life once again on Sunday afternoon when Melbourne takes on Adelaide at home for their Round 3 match.
It looks like one of these sides will break their losing streak this weekend, as both come into Round 3 without a win to their name for the season.
Melbourne produced a strong performance against Collingwood in Round 2 and were unlucky to come away with a loss, whereas Adelaide come away from both Rounds having been convincingly defeated.
Patrick Dangerfield is in fine form for the Crows, with crowd favourite Jason Porplyzia returning to his best.
The visitors are going into the match as favourites at $1.52, and Melbourne are at $2.55, but with the Demons having so much confidence behind them, and with the home ground advantage – could well produce the upset for Round 3.
Western Bulldogs V Hawthorn
The last game for Round 3 to take place at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium will see the Western Bulldogs take on Hawthorn.
The Bulldogs lost their Round 1 clash but got their season back on form last weekend, so will hope to continue their winning streak and move up the ladder to where they are expected to be at this early stage of the season.
Hawthorn in contrast won their opening match convincingly, but put up a good fight in their defeat to the Cats in Round 2 – resulting in Round 3 being a battle in the middle of the table.
Unluckily for the home side, it seems skipper Brad Johnson will miss the game due to a virus, while the Hawks could be without Rhan Hooper and Jordan Lewis.
With the home ground advantage, the Western Bulldogs are going into Round 3 at $1.52, with the Hawks slightly longer at $2.55.
Fremantle V Geelong
Closing the proceeding’s for Round 3 of the 2010 AFL Season will be the Subiaco Oval’s hosting of the defending Champions Geelong against the home side of Fremantle.
Both sides are coming into the match with two wins behind them – and Fremantle have certainly been impressive in their start to the 2010 Season, surprising all in their Round 2 win over Essendon providing Freo with their best start to a campaign.
Fremantle will be looking to break their seven-streak loss against the Cats this weekend – and with Ryan Crowley set to cover Geelong’s superstar Gary Ablett, will be going all out in front of their home crowd.
However the home side have in-form Chris Tarrant doubtful due to an ankle injury, while the Cats are waiting on the tribunal for a decision regarding Matthew Scarlett.
The Subiaco will no doubt be host to a fantastic Round 3 culminating clash which sees the Cats going in slightly ahead in the odds at $1.62, while Freo are at $2.32.
AFL Round 3 Fixtures
|09.04.10||St Kilda V Collingwood||Etihad Stadium||7.40pm|
|10.04.10||North Melbourne V West Coast||Etihad Stadium||2.10pm|
|10.04.10||Port Adelaide V Brisbane Lions||AAMI Stadium||2.40pm|
|10.04.10||Sydney V Richmond||SCG||7.10pm|
|10.04.10||Carlton V Essendon||MCG||7.10pm|
|11.04.10||Melbourne V Adelaide||MCG||1.10pm|
|11.04.10||Western Bulldogs V Hawthorn||Etihad Stadium||2.10pm|
|11.04.10||Fremantle V Geelong||Subiaco Oval||2.40pm|