This weekend, the 2010 AFL Season heads into Round 7 and will no doubt see the teams head into the weekend looking to cement their position or work their way up the ladder, claiming those all-important wins.
For an in-depth review of last weekend’s fixtures – click here.
Going into Round 7, four teams are at the top of the ladder, all of which sit on 20 points from the opening six rounds, with the Brisbane Lions dropping out of the top four after suffering their second defeat of the season last weekend.
Once again, Adelaide and Richmond are both looking to secure their first points of the season this round, and one of the two look set to do just that as they face each other on Sunday afternoon.
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Below is a preview of the matches coming up for Round 7 of the AFL Season.
Melbourne V Western Bulldogs
Bouncing off this weekend’s proceedings, Melbourne will be at home to the Western Bulldogs in their Round 7 clash at the MCG.
Prior to last weekend, the home side had looked to have found their top form for the season, having secured three consecutive wins, and after their loss against North Melbourne last round head into this weekend off their second defeat.
Brad Green has been fantastic for the Demons this season, and last week kicked four goals to take his tally up to 15 for the season.
The visitors have not lived up to pre season expectations as of yet, and are also coming into the clash off a loss to the Saints last weekend, while they are still in the top half of the ladder they need to find their form which can be so deadly.
The Dogs will be looking to Jarrod Harbrow to recreate his performance against St Kilda in Friday night’s fixture, and will also see Matthew Boyd return after recovering from a broken hand.
Despite being even on points at this time of the season and the Dees having the home ground advantage, the home side currently have relatively long odds of $4 – which could certainly be a lucrative payout, while the Dogs are at $1.25.
Essendon V Port Adelaide
Starting Saturday’s fixtures for the weekend, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium will see Essendon at home to Port Adelaide for their Round 7 fixture.
While both sides come into the game off a win in Round 6, the Bombers are sitting on just two wins this season, while the Power have four – setting them in the top eight.
The home side have played some impressive footy this season, although have not managed to maintain it, looking considerably vulnerable at times.
The Bombers will look to Nathan Lovett-Murray to perform as he did last weekend, deserved of his best-on-ground title, after claiming 32 disposals and 12 tackles.
The visitors are looking far more consistent this season, and are currently level on points with title-contenders Geelong and the Brisbane Lions, and will hope Robbie Gray will play as he did against the Crows last round.
The fixture is notoriously known for its fiery antics on the oval as last time they met the Power’s Dean Brogan was dealt a suspension after bumping former Bomber Andrew Lovett.
Despite their unreliable form to date this season, Essendon are going into the match as favourites at $1.75, while the Power are at $2.09 – good odds considering they have won the last five of these fixtures between the two.
West Coast Eagles V Hawthorn
Also on Saturday afternoon at Perth’s Subiaco Oval, the West Coast Eagles will be at home to Hawthorn for their Round 7 fixture.
These two are in a similar position at this point in the season, with the potential they could reach not yet shining through after a less than impressive start – both claiming just a single game each.
The Eagles have been dealing with the effects of several crucial injuries, yet youngsters Nic Naitanui and Brad Ebert have both been the silver lining, although the home side are coming into the round after a crushing defeat in the Western Australia derby against Freo.
The forwards are the key area for the Eagles, with coach John Worsfold continually rotating to find the solid combination, and will see Quiten Lynch run out once again aiming to secure his spot.
The visitors have also had some injuries this season, although Luke Hodge has certainly upped his game while Jarryd Roughead needs to return to his top form for the Hawks to succeed.
The home side are heading into the game as favourites at $1.53, while the Hawks are at $2.30 to come away with the win.
Collingwood V North Melbourne
On Saturday evening, Collingwood are at home to North Melbourne for their Round 7 battle on the oval at the MCG.
The home side have had a fantastic start to the season suffering just one loss so far, way back in Round 2 to the Saints, and are sitting very comfortably in the top four.
The young side has seen a huge improvement since 2009 with Darren Jolly and Luke Ball reaching their expected form, while Sharrod Wellingham has been crucial – claiming at least 20 possessions every week.
The visitors have started slow this season, losing two of their first three fixtures, but have started to find their solid form, securing a convincing win in Round 6.
With Drew Petrie still to return for the Roo’s, the North Melbourne side can surely only get better this season with an impressive Daniel Wells providing solid performances week in week out.
With their dominance on the oval this season plus the home ground advantage Collingwood are the favourites at $1.20, while North Melbourne is at $4.60.
Brisbane Lions V Fremantle
The Gabba comes to life once again as the Brisbane Lions are at home to Fremantle for Round 7 on Saturday night.
This will certainly be a game to watch, as the home side look to get their season back on track coming off the back of two losses, while Freo will look to maintain their top four position.
The Lions have been recognised by the impact of duo Jonathan Brown and Brendan Fevola as the most influential attack, while the visitors’ defence is fast becoming recognised as the best in the AFL – providing no doubt an exciting battle.
The home side have had some good individual performances lately, with Brent Staker strong in defence and will need to be used on Freo skipper Matthew Pavlich.
This is a must win for both sides as a loss for the Lions would make it three consecutive defeats, and a loss for Freo would almost certainly see them out of the top four – and both have tough upcoming fixtures.
With the home ground advantage the Lions are currently heading into the weekend as favourites at $1.52, while Fremantle are at $2.55 to win.
Geelong V Sydney
On Sunday afternoon, the Skilled Stadium will see Geelong at home to Sydney for a tough fixture in Round 7.
Not many would have predicted the current spots for these two sides would be as they are – Geelong at fifth and Sydney at the top of the table, but more likely the other way around.
The Cats have been unpredictable this season, flashing glimpses of their championship winning football, then following up with some less than impressive form.
Geelong will be hoping Matthew Scarlett will return after being out for four weeks with his back injury, while Gary Ablett is nursing a hamstring injury for the fixture.
The visitors on the other hand have just been showing one of these sides – dominating on the oval since Round 2, losing their only match to date in Round 1 against the Saints.
Shane Mumford a former Cats player will be hoping to make an impact for the Swans this weekend, with Mark Seaby out for three months and this weekend is the perfect opportunity for the ruckman to prove his worth.
Despite the Swans’ solid form this season, punters must take into consideration Geelong’s form at home having won the last 25 of 26 matches at the Skilled Stadium, and therefore are favourites for the win at $1.28, while their oppositions are at $3.70.
Adelaide V Richmond
Late on Sunday afternoon, South Australia’s AAMI Stadium will see Adelaide host Richmond in a battle at the bottom of the table.
For the first time this season, one of these two sides will walk away from the field with points, or both will in the case of a draw, in a game which will give a good insight into the wooden spoon chase.
The Crows played well in their derby last weekend, although failed to capitalise in the final quarter, and in a season where so far little can be learnt from – the home side can be pleased with the emergence of Phil Davies in defence.
On the other hand, the Tigers had no chance against the Cats, losing by 108 points – although may have the beneficial additions of Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin and Richard Tambling if declared fit for the fixture.
Jack Riewoldt has been playing well up front for the visitors, however without the support across the rest of the oval the forward cannot play to his potential.
With the home ground advantage, Adelaide are heading into the game as favourites at $1.21, while the Tigers are favourites to emerge toothless once again at $4.50.
St Kilda V Carlton
Rounding off the weekend’s proceedings, St Kilda will be at home to Carlton at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium for their Round 7 match on Monday evening.
The Saints were put to work last weekend against the Dogs, booting three goals in the final quarter to claim the win, and as the home side look vulnerable without skipper Nick Riewoldt as Justin Koschitzke fails to fit in – they will need to battle once again to stay in the top four.
Carlton have surprised this season, currently just out of the top eight, the Blues thrashed the Cats in Round 5, yet could not perform against Collingwood last weekend.
If they come out as the side which played two weeks ago, Carlton could certainly secure a win over the Saints, especially if Setanta O’Hailpin plays as he did last week and the midfield stays strong.
It is no real surprise to see St Kilda top the odds at $1.44, while the Blues are at $2.82 – however the fixture could certainly cause a major upset to the AFL season if Carlton manages the win.
AFL Round 7 Fixtures
|07.05.10||Melbourne V Western Bulldogs||MCG||7.40pm|
|08.05.10||Essendon V Port Adelaide||Etihad Stadium||2.10pm|
|08.05.10||West Coast Eagles V Hawthorn||Subiaco Oval||1.10pm|
|08.05.10||Collingwood V North Melbourne||MCG||7.10pm|
|08.05.10||Brisbane Lions V Fremantle||Gabba||7.10pm|
|09.05.10||Geelong V Sydney||Skilled Stadium||1.10pm|
|09.05.10||Adelaide V Richmond||AAMI Stadium||4.10pm|
|10.05.10||St Kilda V Carlton||Etihad Stadium||7.20pm|