The 2010 AFL Season is now entering Round 4, and with Round 3 seeing some sides continue to ride the wave of success, others’ fantastic Season starts came crashing back down to earth, this weekend will see some more fantastic clashes.
For an in-depth analysis of Round 3 to help with your overview of Round 4, click here.
Three sides are as yet undefeated, however that stat will change at the end of Round 4 as St Kilda and Fremantle culminate this weekend’s events at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium.
The West Coast Eagles, Adelaide and Richmond are all desperate to get some points on the leaderboard with no wins to their name at this point in the season.
There are also some great middle of the ladder battles, with Geelong V Port Adelaide a thriller in waiting.
So if you want to place a wager on the upcoming AFL Round 4, Ladbrokes.com.au have some fantastic early odds, and will of course have their range of markets on offer to punters.
Below is an outline of the upcoming matches in Round 4 of the 2010 AFL Season.
West Coast V Essendon
Bouncing off Round 4, Perth’s Subiaco Oval will see the Eagles at home to Essendon, with the home side in a desperate bid for their first win of the season.
West Coast will be heading into Round 4 disappointed with their performance last weekend, and will hope the home ground advantage will boost some confidence in the side.
In contrast, the Bombers are coming into Round 4 full of confidence after their first win for the Season last weekend, with a strong performance from the team.
The Eagles are going into the clash as favourites at $1.60, with the visitors at $2.35.
North Melbourne V Sydney
Saturday’s proceedings begin at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, when North Melbourne are at home to Sydney.
Both sides won last weekend – the first of the Season for the Roo’s, who will be confident backing it up with a home game to try to clinch that consecutive triumph.
The visitors will be hoping new recruit Ben McGlynn can maintain his good form, after performing incredibly well for the Swans in the last two rounds of the season.
Not surprisingly, the Swans who have won two of their three clashes – and with a convincing score line, are going into the game as favourites at $1.56, with the Bombers slightly longer at $2.45.
Adelaide V Carlton
Adelaide’s AAMI Stadium will come to life on Saturday as it sees the Crows at home to Carlton in their Round 4 clash.
Adelaide are looking for their first win of the season, although look set to start without Nathan Bock due to his hamstring, while Scott Stevens looks back on track to start on Saturday.
Carlton will be disappointed with their Round 3 loss to arch rivals Essendon, and after what was an unimpressive performance will travel to South Australia to get their season back on track, with their only win of the Season being in Round 1 against bottom of the ladder Richmond.
It will certainly be a close affair, with both sides going into the match at equal odds of $1.90.
Collingwood V Hawthorn
The MCG will switch its lights on for Saturday nights clash between Collingwood and the visiting Hawthorn side.
Collingwood were riding the wings of success until last weekend’s clash against the dominant force of the Saints, with the side creating the best start to a season they have had, and will be looking to Saturday’s match to get their season back on track.
Hawthorn are sitting in the middle of the ladder with one win to their name which they claimed in Round 1 over the less than impressive Melbourne side.
However the Hawks will be pleased with the news Shaun Burgoyne looks set to play after knee and hamstring injuries which have stopped him playing for his new team.
The Pies are going into round 4 as the favourites at $1.64, while the Hawks are outsiders at $2.27.
Brisbane Lions V Western Bulldogs
The Gabba will be back in action for Round 4, when the Brisbane Lions are at home to the Western Bulldogs in what will be a thrilling clash between two top sides.
The Lions are still undefeated; however the Bulldogs will be their toughest draw so far this season and the Queensland side will have to up their game to walk away with a fourth win.
Mitch Clark will be running out for his 50th AFL match if he plays for the Lions on Saturday, while Ryan Harwood is still to be confirmed due to an ankle injury.
The Bulldogs have not lost since Round 1, getting their season back on a winning streak, and will be looking for a win over the Lions to help themselves move further up the table.
It will be a clash between two early season favourites, and at the moment the Lions are going into their home tie as underdogs at $2, while the Bulldogs are at $1.80.
Richmond V Melbourne
Closing proceedings at the MCG for Round 4 of the AFL will be the bottom of the table battle between Richmond and Melbourne.
The Tigers are sitting at the bottom of the ladder, still in search of their first win of the season and will be deflated by the news Daniel Connors, Luke McGuane, Dean Polo and Ben Cousins are all suspended, for irresponsible behaviour in their Sydney hotel on Sunday morning.
However Dustin Martin will be available after taking an early guilty plea on a rough conduct charge in Round 3.
Melbourne come into the game off the back of their first win for the season, and will be looking for consecutive triumphs at the MCG.
Melbourne are well ahead in the odds going into the game at $1.33, while the home side are at $3.35.
Geelong V Port Adelaide
Over at the Skilled Stadium, Geelong are at home to Port Adelaide for their Round 4 match on Sunday.
The Cats suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend in their thrilling game against Freo, however are looking set to have some key players return to the oval for this weekend.
Cam Mooney and Matthew Scarlett have both served their one-match suspensions, and two players – Brad Ottens and Darren Milburn are both returning from injury.
If the Cats secure the win it will be a league equalling record 24th consecutive home match triumph – first set by Richmond in 1935.
However, The Power are ironically the last side to have beaten Geelong at home, and will no doubt be looking for that victory once again on Sunday, to get their season back on its winning streak after their first defeat last weekend.
The defending Champions are dominating the odds at $1.16, while the Power are at $5.30.
St Kilda V Fremantle
Rounding out the weekend’s proceedings will be the high stakes clash between the top two on the ladder, when the Saints are at home to Freo at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium.
Both sides have dominated in their early season fixtures, with the Saints claiming a fantastic 104-point victory in Round 2, while Freo saw off defending title winners the Cats last weekend in a thrilling affair.
Freo have worked hard on their defensive pressure – a key part of their early season success, and will hope to restrain the Saints when they travel to Melbourne.
St Kilda are going into the match as favourites at $1.33, while Fremantle are at $3.35 – however after the passion and determination Freo showed last weekend, could be a lucrative wager.
AFL Round 4 Fixtures
|16.04.10||West Coast V Essendon||Subiaco Oval||6.40pm|
|17.04.10||North Melbourne V Sydney||Etihad Stadium||2.10pm|
|17.04.10||Adelaide V Carlton||AAMI Stadium||2.40pm|
|17.04.10||Collingwood V Hawthorn||MCG||7.10pm|
|17.04.10||Brisbane Lions V Western Bulldogs||Gabba||7.10pm|
|18.04.10||Richmond V Melbourne||MCG||1.10pm|
|18.04.10||Geelong V Port Adelaide||Skilled Stadium||2.10pm|
|18.04.10||St Kilda V Fremantle||Etihad Stadium||4.40pm|