This weekend sees the 2010 AFL Season head into Round 11 – the middle point in the season, with sides starting to see the finals in sight, and gearing up the action, so will certainly provide a great weekend of footy!
Our tip of the week is to back the Crows at $2.90 – as they face a Freo side with a bad record at the AAMI!
Last weekend saw Richmond claim their first points of the season in style, while Geelong and Fremantle took that extra step further away from the rest of the field, as the Lions halted Collingwood’s impressive season – for a full recap of Round 10, click here.
Heading into this weekend, the Tigers will no doubt hope to capitalise on last rounds win and claim some more points, while the Pies will hope to catch up to the leaders as they start to flounder.
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Below is a preview of the fixtures coming up for Round 11 of the 2010 AFL Season.
Richmond V St Kilda
Bouncing off the weekend’s action, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium will see Richmond at home to St Kilda for the opening of Round 11.
The home side will be somewhat encouraged with last weekend’s win – giving them the first points of the season and this fixture will provide the teams’ up and comers a tougher test to prove themselves with.
Jack Riewoldt was impressive last weekend for the Tigers, and as his cousin is out for the opposition, will hope to capitalise on the Saints’ struggle without their skipper.
Another top performer last weekend, and one the Saints will want to control early on in the game is the youngster Dustin Martin who has been fantastic for the Tigers so far in his debut season.
St Kilda were fantastic last round over Adelaide, and saw Leigh Montagne impressing the stands with five goals to his name – so the Saints will be looking to him once again, while they hope Justin Koschitzke will find his anticipated for on what will be his 150th game.
Despite a convincing win last weekend, it seems the challenge the Saints prove to the Tigers is too much as they head into Friday’s game outsiders at $6.05, while St Kilda are at $1.13.
Carlton V Melbourne
Starting the action for Round 11 this Saturday, Carlton will take on Melbourne at the MCG for their clash on the oval.
While it looks like a simple outcome, where the sixth place Blues will dominate the 12th placed Dees – it will most likely not be that one sided.
The Blues have been solid this season, and are very comfortably in the top eight – and with a stand out performance by Bryce Gibbs last week, will hope the 21 year-old can deliver once again.
Andrew Carrazzo was another standout last weekend, proving his versatility and ability to control key players, and will look to do so again against the Dees.
Despite only have a single win in the past five outings, the Dees have been playing well and are coming off the back of matches unlucky in defeat, and will be glad to see Tom Scully and Jack Tengrove return to the oval on Saturday.
James Frawley was impressive last weekend for the Demons, and the side need to control Gibbs if they hope to be in with a chance to claim their fourth win at the MCG this season.
While the Demons will certainly put up a challenge, the Blues are a tough opponent and so the Dees are outsiders at $3.13, while Carlton are at $1.37.
Adelaide V Fremantle
The AAMI Stadium will see Adelaide at home to Fremantle on Saturday afternoon, as the second from bottom take on the second from top.
The home side have been disappointing this season, and are looking to miss out on the finals for the first time since coach Neil Craig took charge.
The Crows have had a mentally tough week, and will hope that this run out being Tyson Edwards 321st and final game will bring about enough incentive for a win – and the midfielder will certainly up his game for the farewell fixture.
Freo have refused to bow down to many people’s assumptions they will crumble any round now after such a fantastic start to the season, and are sitting comfortably in second spot – equal to Geelong on points.
While the visitors may have demolished the Crows in round one at home by 56 points, Freo have a dodgy record at the AAMI Stadium having beaten Adelaide there just three from 14 ties.
Despite the home ground advantage, and the fact the Crows will up their game for Edwards’ farewell on top of Freo’s unlucky run at the AAMI, Adelaide go into the match underdogs at $2.90, while Fremantle are at $1.42.
North Melbourne V Brisbane Lions
On Saturday evening, the Etihad Stadium will come to life as spectators see North Melbourne take on the confident Brisbane Lions.
The Roos are coming off the back of a bad run, both in terms of results and also regarding who they have faced having been demolished by Freo while in Perth, so will hope to turn that around.
Nathan Grima will have to hit fine form on Saturday evening for the home side to live up to his probable role of controlling the top quality Jonathan Brown, which is unfamiliar territory for him.
In contrast, the Lions may have turned their losing streak around after beating the Pies and knocking them from the top of the table – and will hope to travel to Melbourne having hit their early season winning form.
The duo have met at the Etihad Stadium six times before, with the Roos coming off the worse for wear with just a single win going their way.
The Lions will hope Brown can hit his form which is pivotal for a win – especially against the Roos as he claim the best record in the AFL against them with an average of 17 touches.
Despite the travel, it is no surprise to see the Lions favourites for the win to edge them into the top eight at $1.55, while the Roos are at $2.47.
West Coast Eagles V Geelong
On Saturday evening at the Subiaco Oval, the West Coast Eagles will play host to table toppers Geelong for a tough battle.
The home side are obviously frustrated with their recent form, and need to focus on the game at hand, which this round is one of the toughest going.
The Eagles will look to Mark LeCras and Josh Kennedy for inspiration this weekend, as the duo managed nine goals in a tough match last weekend – although the Cats provide a far tougher challenge.
After an impressive return to form since coming back from injury, Sam Butler will need to inspire the Eagles once again this weekend to be in with a chance of securing a win.
Geelong travel to the Subiaco with a great record at the ground, having lost just one of their last six appearances there, and are coming into this fixture off the back of some particularly strong form.
With crowd favourites Gary Ablett and James Podsiardly on firing form this season, it will be a huge challenge for the home side to control them, as they dominate everywhere they go with the Cats.
It is no surprise to see Geelong absolutely clear in the odds as they travel to Perth at $1.12, while the Eagles are outside at $6.35.
Sydney V Essendon
Bouncing off the action on Sunday, the SCG will see Sydney at home to Essendon for their Round 11 fixture.
Sitting at seventh and eighth on the ladder respectively, this fixture is bound to be close, with both eyeing the ever important points to see them move up the ladder.
The Swans started the season well, and have recently fallen into a rut with four straight defeats of late – although have been to the better sides in the AFL.
Shane Mumford has been instrumental for the Swnas this season, claiming 42 disposals over the Hawks and will look to prove himself against some better opposition this weekend as he continues to improve.
In contrast, the Bombers started the season slow, only finding consistency in the past few rounds where they have defeated sides such as the Saints and the Dogs.
The visitors lack Dustin Fletcher in their defence this week, and so Scott Gumbleton will hopefully step up in the front line for the Bombers.
The Swans, with the home ground advantage are favourites at $1.75, while Essendon are at $2.08 for the win.
Hawthorn V Port Adelaide
On Sunday afternoon, the MCG will see Hawthorn at home to Port Adelaide for their Round 11 fixture on the oval.
Hawthorn are a spot behind the Power on the ladder, and will head into this fixture hoping to move up the rank as they head into the fixture on winning form.
While they may have won their last three fixtures, the Hawks have hardly been inspiring, only just beating the Swans last week and head into the weekend without Lance Franklin and Rhan Hooper.
Shane Burgoyne has been impressive for the Hawks of late, and all eyes will be on him at the MCG as he faces his former side for the first time.
The Power travel to Melbourne with the recent defeat to Richmond on their minds, with the loss added to another defeat in Round 9 in a must win game against Melbourne.
The visitors started strong this season, and need to get back into that winning form if they are going to be a finals contender this year, and should be fresh faced by the time Sunday rolls around.
The Hawks are currently clear in the odds at $1.40, while the Power travel to the MCG outsiders at $3.
Collingwood V Western Bulldogs
Rounding off the proceedings for the weekend, Collingwood will see the Western Bulldogs travel to the Etihad Stadium for a tough clash on Sunday afternoon.
The Magpies have suddenly seen their fantastic start to the season come to a crashing halt as they have suffered two defeats in as many weeks to Geelong and the Lions, and currently sit in third place.
Dale Thomas and Scott Pendlebury have been solid throughout the season, although the forwards for the Pies were anything but impressive against Brisbane last weekend.
Sharrod Wellingham will hope to return to his early season form after returning from his calf injury.
The Dogs are in a similar state to the Pies, having started strong up until a few weeks ago where off the oval action seemed to affect the team’s performance.
Barry Hall was great last weekend, claiming five goals for the Dogs and will hope to do so again this weekend to get the side back into the top four.
The Pies are looking to get back onto their winning streak this weekend, as they head into the match favourites at $1.72, while the Dogs may emerge from the weekend concerned as they are at $2.13 to claim the win.
AFL Round 11 Fixtures
|04.06.10||Richmond V St Kilda||Etihad Stadium||7.40pm|
|05.06.10||Carlton V Melbourne||MCG||2.10pm|
|05.06.10||Adelaide V Fremantle||AAMI Stadium||2.40pm|
|05.06.10||North Melbourne V Brisbane Lions||Etihad Stadium||7.10pm|
|05.06.10||West Coast Eagles V Geelong||Subiaco Oval||5.40pm|
|06.06.10||Sydney V Essendon||SCG||1.10pm|
|06.06.10||Hawthorn V Port Adelaide||MCG||2.10pm|
|06.06.10||Collingwood V Western Bulldogs||Etihad Stadium||4.40pm|