Round 10 of the 2010 AFL Season kicks off this weekend and will no doubt provide another exciting bout of matches around Australia.
Last weekend saw Collingwood lose their status at the top of the ladder as the Cats reclaimed number one, while Fremantle also jumped on board at the top – for a full recap of last weekend’s results, click here.
Heading into the weekend, Richmond are once again looking for their debut points for the current season, and as they face eighth-placed Port Adelaide, have a challenge ahead once again.
In order to place a bet on a game going ahead this weekend, or just to check out the latest odds on offer, head to Ladbrokes.com.au now!
Below is a preview of the fixtures coming up for Round 10 of the 2010 AFL Season.
Essendon V Western Bulldogs
Bouncing off the weekend’s proceedings, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium will see Essendon at home to the Western Bulldogs for their round 10 clash.
The Bombers’ win last round saw them hit two victories in a row for the first time this season, leaving them hovering in the middle of the table.
Ruckman David Hille was strong last weekend with three goals, and along with the youngster Tayte Pears, may have the ability to push the home side for another win on the trot.
The Dogs on the other hand have suddenly hit their form and sees them in fourth spot at the top of the ladder, and will hope Adam Cooney and Brian Lake can continue their strong performances from last weekend.
Despite having the home ground advantage, Essendon are currently outsiders at $3.17 – although overcame the odds for their win against the Saints this season, while the fourth placed Bulldogs look to maintain their place at the top end of the table at $1.36.
Geelong V Melbourne
Starting the action on Saturday afternoon, the Skilled Stadium is host to Geelong who take on Melbourne for their fixture this weekend.
After returning to the spot they know so well, the Cats are leading the ladder after easily seeing off Collingwood last weekend, and are now storming ahead having found their top form once again.
James Kelly was impressive for the Cats in their win last weekend, notching up 32 disposals in a game where the best 22 all shone on the oval.
Melbourne managed to upset the odds last weekend coming away with a victory over the Power; however this weekend’s fixture sets them a far tougher challenge.
The Demons’ fans were all watching Brad Miller with eager eyes last round as he returned to action and managed an impressive return to form in Darwin.
The likeliness is that this is an uncontested game, as Geelong have the home advantage at the Skilled Stadium at which they have won the last 19 games they have played there.
Therefore it is no surprise to see the Cats well ahead in the odds at $1.05, while Melbourne are at $10.20 to upset.
Port Adelaide V Richmond
In South Australia on Saturday afternoon, Port Adelaide will host bottom of the table Richmond when they play one another at the AAMI Stadium.
The home side will be disappointed with their loss last weekend despite coming back hard in the final term – which was the third time this season they have lost by less than a goal.
The Power will look to David Rodan to continue his great return to form this weekend after recovering from knee surgery – and will want to prove himself against his former side.
The Tigers travel to the AAMI Stadium having only beaten Port there twice from 12 meets – and with their incredibly disappointing start to the season will no doubt struggle once more on Saturday.
Richmond need to look back to Round 8 for their best form of the season when they almost claimed a win over the Hawks, if they want to come away winners this weekend.
However, it looks as though once again Richmond will emerge from the weekend pointless going into the game as outsiders at $4.75, while the Power are at $1.19.
Brisbane Lions V Collingwood
Saturday night, the Gabba will see the Brisbane Lions at home to Collingwood in what will be an exciting match for Round 10.
The Lions are coming into the round after a devastating turn of events from the beginning of the season, when they were sitting atop the ladder.
Now they have suffered five straight losses, injuries and a dip in form and confidence so will look to take advantage of a Collingwood side whose winning streak came to an end last round.
The home side will hope Brendan Fevola and Jonathan Brown can overcome their injury issues and find the form which made them so deadly in the opening fixtures of the season.
However the loss for the Pies was just the second at this point in the season, and the side is still sitting in second spot on the ladder – equal on points to the table toppers.
Ruckman for the Pies – Darren Jolly, will hope to find his anticipated form on the oval this weekend, not having lived up to expectations since arriving in the side.
The out of form Lions, despite having the home ground advantage are heading into the game as favourites to win at $3.65, while the Pies are at $1.29.
St Kilda V Adelaide
In Melbourne on Saturday evening, the Etihad Stadium will see St Kilda host Adelaide for their Round 10 fixture.
The home side will surely be affected with the attention off the oval which has hit the media this week, regarding two players being involved in an alleged sex scandal, and will need to put the unwanted attention behind them and focus on the task at hand.
The Saints will hope Stephen Milne will be on form this weekend as he did last round when he claimed a total of three majors.
The Crows come into the game with a major boost in confidence having secured a convincing win over early season favourites the Brisbane Lions last weekend, however will also be hit mentally with the news skipper Simon Goodwin will retire at the end of the season.
The visitors saw Richard Douglas play his game of the season last weekend claiming three goals and 23 disposals, and looks better now he is back in the midfield, rather than in the forwards.
In what will certainly be an interesting fixture, where either side could crumble due to the attention of the field, the Saints, with the home ground advantage are heading into the game as favourites at $1.24, while Adelaide are at $4.10.
Hawthorn V Sydney
On Sunday afternoon, the MCG will host the only fixture it has this weekend when Hawthorn are at home to the Sydney Swans.
The tides have turned in the past few weeks for both of these teams, with the Hawks finally turning a corner and claiming two wins in their last two matches, while the Swans have gone the other way and come off the back of three straight losses.
The home side will need Sam Mitchell to step up to the plate if he is to remain as captain, as there have been calls as to whether he deserves his leadership position after recent form.
The Swans are suffering with a bout of injures at the moment, and are really feeling the lack of Daniel Bradshaw up front, but will need to overcome that on Sunday.
Midfielder Josh Kennedy will return with the Swans to play his former side – and it will be interesting to see how he performs against a club which is such a part of his family.
While the Hawks may have turned a corner, it may be too early to depend on their recent form, and as the Swans have been the more reliable of the two over the course of the season could be the ones to back this weekend.
However it seems the home ground advantage is turning the odds, as Hawthorn are currently heading into Round 10 favourites to emerge winners at $1.30, while the Swans are at $3.55.
Carlton V West Coast Eagles
Also in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, Carlton are at home to the West Coast Eagles when they play at the Etihad Stadium.
The home side have struck some convincing wins over the past few weeks which sees them comfortably sitting in the top eight – although come into this weekend off a disappointing loss to the Hawks.
Brock McClean needs to answer his critics, and therefore will be a player to watch this weekend after returning to the oval from the sidelines.
The Eagles were strong against the Saints last weekend up until the final quarter, disappointed not to have claimed the win – and will look to hit their form of a couple of rounds ago.
The visitors will hope Andrew Embley can hit his best form against the Blues on Sunday, as he is such an instrumental player when confident, as he proved against the Saints.
With the home ground advantage, the Blues are heading into the match clear in the odds at $1.20, while the Eagles are at $4.60.
Fremantle V North Melbourne
Rounding off this weekend’s proceedings, Fremantle are at home to North Melbourne for their Round 10 fixture at the Subiaco Oval.
Freos’ dominance last weekend over the Swans at the SCG proved themselves as a staying power this season, overcoming off field drama and injuries to claim a substantial win.
The home side will hope skipper Matthew Pavlich will keep his fantastic leadership skills continuing, while Aaron Sandilands, Nat Fyfe and some other great up and comers will also look to make an impact on the match.
The Roos on the other hand were on the receiving side of a mauling last round, and come into the fixture with a severe lack of form, and controversy around defender Scott Thompson.
It is no surprise to see the third placed Freo head into the game as favourites to win at $1.11, while North Melbourne are at $6.70.
AFL Round 10 Fixtures
|28.05.10||Essendon V Western Bulldogs||Etihad Stadium||7.40pm|
|29.05.10||Geelong V Melbourne||Skilled Stadium||2.10pm|
|29.05.10||Port Adelaide V Richmond||AAMI Stadium||2.40pm|
|29.05.10||Brisbane Lions V Collingwood||Gabba||7.10pm|
|29.05.10||St Kilda V Adelaide||Etihad Stadium||7.10pm|
|30.05.10||Hawthorn V Sydney||MCG||1.10pm|
|30.05.10||Carlton V West Coast Eagles||Etihad Stadium||2.10pm|
|30.05.10||Fremantle V North Melbourne||Subiaco Oval||2.40pm|