AFL Round 5 Preview & Betting

This ANZAC-day long weekend, the 2010 AFL Season heads into Round 5 of the regular season, and after a high scoring Round 4 – looks set to get the pulses racing once again.

For an in-depth review of last weekend’s battles on the ovals – click here.

Going into this weekend’s proceedings, two sides have not yet lost a game, while two sides at the bottom of the table are still in search for their first win of the season.

Once again there are some exciting fixtures scheduled for this weekend, with arch rivals competing and the ladder becoming more spaced out.

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Below is an outline of the matches coming up this weekend.

Western Bulldogs V Adelaide

Bouncing off Round 5 of the season, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium will see the Western Bulldogs at home to Adelaide.

Both sides have failed to live up to pre-season expectations, having each been favoured as potential play-off sides, however have not translated that to the oval and need to start finding their strong form.

The home side suffered a substantial defeat to the Brisbane Lions last weekend, not able to hold onto the 30-point lead they had at the main break, and will be looking to execute in Round 5. The Dogs will be pleased with the news skipper Brad Johnson after sitting on the sidelines for the majority of the early season.

Rodney Eade’s men will be producing some career-saving performances on Friday evening after the coach suggested those not performing well on the pitch will be axed.

The Crows are heading to Victoria looking to claim their first win of the season, after a disappointing start – culminating in a thrashing by Carlton in Round 4.

The visitors will be without wingman David Mackay who has been rested due to groin soreness, although it seems Nathan van Berlo and Scott Stevens look set to play.

The match is likely to be a one-sided affair if the Dogs manage to capitalise on their created opportunities, and go into the match as favourites at $1.09, while the Crows are coming into Round 5 at $7.50.

Sydney V West Coast

This Saturday’s proceedings will begin at the Sydney Cricket Ground, when Sydney take on the West Coast Eagles in their Round 5 clash.

The home side have exceeded pre-season expectations at this early point in the season, and after last weekend’s win over North Melbourne, come into Round 5 with three consecutive wins under their belt.

Currently sitting third on the ladder, the Swans will be hoping Lewis Jetta can bring his pace and impressive play to the SCG on Saturday – after the Eagle’s overlooked the youngster in the lead up to the NAB AFL Draft last year.

It will be tough for the Swans without Ben McGlynn who has been a solid force for the Sydney side this season, and it out for up to four weeks with his quad injury, although Adam Goodes will no doubt be up for a good game.

The 2010 AFL Season thus far has been the worst start to a season since 1989 for the Eagles, with their first win only last weekend when they beat Essendon – and will hope the dominance from Nic Naitanui and Dean Cox in the centre square can be carried over from Round 4.

With the stakes high between these two arch rival sides, the game is sure to be a thrilling spectacle at the SCG, and the home side go into the game at $1.17 with the Eagles at $5.10 – however be prepared to see a much closer game with passion flaring, and so the odds may provide a lucrative payout if the Eagles come out firing.

Melbourne V Brisbane Lions

Bouncing off on Saturday evening at the MCG, Melbourne will host the Brisbane Lions in their Round 5 clash.

The Demons come into the game with some good recent play, resulting in two consecutive wins over the last two games and an unfortunate loss to Collingwood in Round 2, although this weekend certainly poses a challenge to the home side.

But with the home ground advantage swinging their way, and the building confidence which comes with the last two wins, the Demons will no doubt be aware the Lions’ have only won two of their last 11 matches at the MCG.

The Lions are travelling to Victoria without having lost any points so far this season, absolutely dominating in each Round thus far – with the Brendan Fevola and Jonathan Brown combination the highlight.

However the Lions’ strength does not end there, with the powerful force of up-and-comers Todd Banfield, Jack Redden and Tom Rockliff showing an impressive future for the Queensland side.

Port Adelaide V St Kilda

The AAMI Stadium will also be playing host to a Round 5 fixture on Saturday night, with Port Adelaide at home to St Kilda.

The home side emerged from Round 4 suffering a substantial defeat to Geelong, and this weekend presents yet another daunting task, facing the top of the table and undefeated Saints side. The Power started well against the Cats but could not keep up with the defending champions after the main break.

The Power will look to the returning Robbie Gray to continue his strong impact from last weekend’s game, as the midfielder impressed with 18 disposals and two goals.

The Saints are travelling to South Australia seemingly unstoppable after their thrilling Round 4 win over Fremantle – cementing themselves as the side to beat this season.

Despite losing skipper Nick Riewoldt, St Kilda were impressive against Freo, and the Power will have to control Brendon Goddard and Steven Milne if last week’s game is anything to go by.

Despite going into the match with the home ground advantage, the Power are the outsiders at $3.40, while the Saints are not surprisingly going in as favourites at $1.32.

Collingwood V Essendon

Bouncing off this Sunday’s action, the MCG will see Collingwood at home to Essendon in their Round 5 clash.

Looking at recent form may not be the most reliable manner when coming into this traditional clash, as the two will no doubt be fiercely passionate when competing for the winning honours on Anzac day.

However, the home side are coming into Round 5 with just one loss this season, in contrast to Essendon with just one win.

The Pies’ Dale Thomas will no doubt revel under the high pressure conditions for this clash, and will be a player the Bombers need to keep an eye on.

Sure to be a tense and passionate game on Sunday afternoon, Collingwood are going into the game as favourites at $1.31 while Essendon are at $3.50.

Hawthorn V North Melbourne

Late on Sunday afternoon, the Aurora Stadium will see Hawthorn at home to North Melbourne in a bottom of the table clash for Round 5.

The Hawk’s have failed to impress this season to date, with just one win to their name – back in Round 1, and suffered a humiliating 64-point defeat to Collingwood last weekend.

The home side will be confident after the news Lance Franklin and Brad Sewell look set to return, however Hawthorn need to turn their Season around this weekend if they hope to make the playoffs this year.

North Melbourne have also struggled this season so far – and have also only won a single game, and will look to their stronger players to continue their form with Brent Harvey and Ryan Bastinac the two to watch

The Roo’s need to capitalise on their strong ruck formation, an area they will dominate the Hawk’s in.

With the home ground advantage, Hawthorn are going into Round 5 as favourites at $1.33 while North Melbourne are at $3.35.

Fremantle V Richmond

On Sunday evening, the Subiaco Oval will be home to the clash between Fremantle and Richmond in their Round 5 fixture.

This is sure to be a one-sided affair, with Freo suffering their first defeat of the season last weekend – however it was against the Saints, and the Perth side certainly made the table toppers fight for the win.

Freo have overcome the odds at times this season, convincingly beating the Cats in Round 3, and will have David Mundy starting his 113th consecutive match – equal to the fourth best streak in the sports history.

The Tigers have still not claimed any points at this point in the season, being defeated in each Round to date – and convincingly.

Fremantle are the safest bet for the weekend with odds of $1.04, with the Tigers the most lucrative wager as long outsiders at $11.20.

Carlton V Geelong

Rounding out this weekend’s proceedings will be the Monday afternoon clash between Carlton and Geelong at the MCG.

The home side were impressive last weekend against Adelaide, with the return of skipper Chris Judd and a team turnaround adding to the Blues’ confidence which reflected on the oval.

With a 2-2 record so far this season, the Blues have a tough fixture for the long weekend, and although beating the Cats in Round 19 last season will still need to be on top form.

The Cats are coming into this weekend with just one loss so far this season, but will be without Matthew Scarlett due to his back injury.

Both sides emerged from Round 4 with strong wins, but this weekend will be the Blue’s first big challenge and will need to prove themselves against the big guns if they hope to make the playoffs this year.

Despite having the home ground advantage, the Blues are going into Monday’s game underdogs at $4.50 while Geelong are at $1.21.

AFL Round 5 Fixtures

Date

Match

Venue

Kick-Off

23.04.10 Western Bulldogs V Adelaide Etihad Stadium 7.40pm
24.04.10 Sydney V West Coast Eagles SCG 2.15pm
24.04.10 Melbourne V Brisbane Lions MCG 7.10pm
24.04.10 Port Adelaide V St Kilda AAMI Stadium 7.15pm
25.04.10 Collingwood V Essendon MCG 2.40pm
25.04.10 Hawthorn V North Melbourne Aurora Stadium 5.40pm
25.04.10 Fremantle V Richmond Subiaco Oval 6.45pm
26.04.10 Carlton V Geelong MCG 2.10pm