This Labour Day long weekend will provide the 2010 AFL Season with Round 6 of the regular season, and after some surprise results over the Anzac Day long weekend – who knows what is in store for fans this round!
For an in-depth review of last weekend’s fixtures – click here.
Going into this weekend, all sides have now lost at least a single match, and five team’s sit level at the top of the ladder on 16 points, while at the bottom Adelaide and Richmond are both looking to get their first points for the season.
This weekend is derby weekend, with many fierce rivalries and proud sides out to fight for honour, which opens each and every game up – and so could certainly provide some lucrative payouts if nerves and pressure get the better of the big guns.
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Below is an outline of the matches coming up for Round 6.
Western Bulldogs V St Kilda
Bouncing off this weekend’s proceedings, the Bulldogs will be at home to St Kilda in their Round 6 clash at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium.
The two are coming into the game off the back of very different matches last weekend, where the Dogs found their impressive form and got their season back on track, while the Saints suffered their first defeat in what was a lacklustre performance.
The Dogs took the match against Adelaide in their stride, although did seem to tire towards the end of the final term with Daniel Giansiracusa strong for the home side in midfield.
This week the Western Bulldogs will look to Jarrad Grant to maintain his integral play and will need to do so if he wants to maintain his spot ahead of Josh Hill.
The Saints just could not find their form in front of the goals last week, and lost by ten points to Port Adelaide in one of many of the rounds big upsets.
It looks like St Kilda may be starting to feel the loss of skipper Nick Riewoldt, however if the team want to maintain their strong surge this season will need players like Justin Koschitzke to step up and lead.
The Saints will provide the Dogs one of their bigger challenges for Round 6; however with the home ground advantage on their side, and the recent confidence boost are favourites in the odds at $1.75, while the recently defeated Saints are at $2.08 – although should never be discounted easily.
North Melbourne V Melbourne
Starting Saturday’s fixtures for Round 6, the Etihad Stadium will see North Melbourne host Melbourne.
Both sides will hit the oval confident after convincing wins in Round 5, which saw the Roo’s beat Hawthorn in what has been a sketchy start to the season, in contrast the Demons have become more impressive as the weeks have rolled by not having lost since Round 2.
North Melbourne played incredibly well last weekend in their 12-point win over the Hawks, and will look to bring that to the oval again this weekend with the help of Brady Rawlings. Rawlings was crucial in the Round 5 win for the Roo’s and will need to be on top form once again.
The Demons will be riding the wave of confidence as the side come into Round 6 after beating the once undefeated Brisbane Lions by 50 points in what was a thrilling win, and will hope to emerge from this weekend sitting in the top eight.
Melbourne may be without Rohan Bail due to a quad injury, and will need to pass a test before Saturday’s game to play.
Despite having the home ground advantage, North Melbourne are going into the match as slight underdogs at $2.05, while Melbourne who need to take advantage of their new-found confidence are at $1.77.
Adelaide V Port Adelaide
The AAMI Stadium will see Adelaide at home to Port Adelaide on Saturday afternoon, as the two South Australian sides battle it out in Round 6.
Adelaide have had an incredibly disappointing start to the season, not having picked up any points in the opening five rounds, and will be hoping to turn that around this weekend.
Another loss for the Crows would make it nearly impossible for them to make the play offs this year, and without Patrick Dangerfield will need Jason Porplyzia to step up a gear.
In contrast, Port Adelaide will be travelling to their local rivals brimming with confidence after dethroning St Kilda from the top spot in their gallant performance last weekend, resulting in a ten point win.
If David Rodan is as good as he was last week, the Power could simply rip apart the Crows’ midfield after his crucial performance against the Saints.
Port Adelaide is travelling to the AAMI Stadium as favourites to come away triumphant at $1.56, and would love to sink the struggling Crows even further, how, despite the home advantage are at $2.44.
Essendon V Hawthorn
On Saturday evening, the MCG will see Essendon at home to Hawthorn in their Round 6 fixture in another fiercely passionate clash on the oval.
The traditional rivals both come into Round 6 off the back of a loss in Round 5, while the Hawks need to go back to the first round to note their last win this season.
Both teams have had a disappointing start, only have a single win to their names, so both will be determined to claim victory this weekend.
Essendon were mauled by the Pies last week with very little for the Matthew Knights men to take away from the clash.
The Hawks certainly looked to be baring the brunt of the injury keeping Brent Renouf off the field in last weekend’s game, with the defenders looking lost without him.
All eyes will be on the Hawks’ Campbell Brown on Saturday evening, who made no secret about his dislike for the Bombers after their explosive fixture last year.
Despite the home advantage, Essendon are going into the Round as underdogs with odds of $2.67, while the Hawks are at $1.48.
Sydney V Brisbane Lions
Also on Saturday evening, Sydney will see the Brisbane Lions travel to the SCG in what will possibly the most important game of the weekend as the top-four sides battle it out.
The two are in very different places mentally right now, as the Swans have not lost since way back in Round 1 and have since gone from strength-to-strength, while the Lions were dealt their first crushing defeat of the season just last weekend.
The home side are going into the match at the top of the ladder, and will be hoping to emerge in the same spot, just with one less side chasing their tale – however the Lions will provide a test tougher than that of recent matches.
Eyes will certainly be on Daniel Bradshaw this Round as he faces his former side for the first time this season; however after scoring six goals in his last start will want to make the same impression this weekend.
Sydney will be without the influential Craig Bolton due to his Achilles injury – the worst time possible as the powerful force of Jonathan Brown and Brendan Fevola travel to the NSW capital.
In what will no doubt be a close affair, the Swans are going into the weekend as favourites at $1.58, while Brisbane are at $2.40.
Geelong V Richmond
On Sunday afternoon, the Skilled Stadium will see Geelong at home to Richmond for their Round 6 clash – both desperate for a win, but for very different reasons.
The Cats, defending champions this year, are coming off a less than anticipated start to the season, with last weekend another blow as they suffered a substantial defeat to Carlton.
The home side have run out as two varying teams of late, one which dominates and one which makes little impact if any, and need to be the former to get their anticipated season back on track.
Richmond are travelling this Round looking to get off the bottom of the ladder and secure their first points for the season, after being beaten, once again, last weekend by Freo despite putting on their best performance of the season.
Robin Nahas was vital for the Tigers last week, and will need to replicate that performance against the Cats to maintain his spot in the side.
Geelong will be looking to get closer to the top four leaders and are heading into Round 6 as favourites at $1.03, while Richmond are at long odds of $12.50.
Carlton V Collingwood
The MCG will be host to the clash between Carlton and Collingwood on Sunday afternoon as they battle it out on the oval.
Both sides are coming off the back of convincing wins, as the home side dominated in their match over Geelong last week, while Collingwood beat Essendon in their fierce clash.
The Blues are exceeding pre-season expectations sitting in sixth spot, and will be hoping to move into the top four with a win this weekend.
The home side have gone from strength to strength since Round 3, when Brett Ratten made a controversial decision to drop veterans Bret Thornton and Jarrad Waite, but has certainly paid off.
The Pies have blossomed as the season has progressed, finding their form and certainly setting themselves up as a tough fixture for any team especially with the influx of promising youngsters into the starting line up.
Dale Thomas has upped his game in the opening rounds of the 2010 season, and the Pies will certainly benefit if he runs out once again to dominate this weekend.
Despite the home ground advantage, Carlton are going into this weekend as the underdogs at odds of $2.50, while Collingwood are at $1.54.
West Coast V Fremantle
Rounding off the weekend’s proceedings, the Subiaco Oval will see the West Coast Eagles at home to Fremantle.
The Eagles return from a trip to Sydney last weekend in which they were defeated by the Swans, and will be hoping to win the derby despite not having done so for the last five fixtures.
The home side have had a disappointing start to the season, with just one win from five, and will be hoping to gain crucial points this weekend and look to Chris Masten to break through and live up to his pre season expectations.
Freo were not convincing in their win over the Tigers last weekend, however have had a fantastic start to the season sitting in the top four, and will hope to cement that spot after this weekend.
While derbies are always hard to predict, it is likely that the inform and confident Freo will emerge winners this weekend with odds of $1.42, while the Eagles who have crumbled under pressure so far this season are at $2.90.
AFL Round 6 Fixtures
|30.04.10||Western Bulldogs V St Kilda||Etihad Stadium||7.40pm|
|01.05.10||North Melbourne V Melbourne||Etihad Stadium||2.10pm|
|01.05.10||Adelaide V Port Adelaide||AAMI Stadium||2.40pm|
|01.05.10||Essendon V Hawthorn||MCG||7.10pm|
|01.05.10||Sydney V Brisbane Lions||SCG||7.10pm|
|02.05.10||Geelong V Richmond||Skilled Stadium||1.10pm|
|02.05.10||Carlton V Collingwood||MCG||2.10pm|
|02.05.10||West Coast V Fremantle||Subiaco Oval||2.40pm|