AFL Round 13 First Weekend Preview & Betting

This weekend marks Round 13 of the 2010 AFL Season, and with some mouth watering fixtures lined up, it will certainly be another great footy feature.

Our ‘Tip Of The Week’ is to back a Tigers win at $2.81 as they come into round 13 confident they can beat the Lions.

With this weekend hosting the opening bout of the split round, five fixtures line up, with some great games taking to the ovals.

Geelong are maintaining their stint at the top of the table, and have this weekend off as they prepare on take on second placed St Kilda next weekend  – for a full recap of round 12 action, click here.

This weekend fantastic features see sides having to put in one final push before they get their rest, with Carlton and Fremantle clashing heads as they fight for a spot in the top four.

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Below is a preview of the matches scheduled for Round 13 in the 2010 AFL Season.

Hawthorn V Essendon

Bouncing off this weekend’s action, Hawthorn are at home to Essendon at the MCG for their Round 13 fixture.

The home side have slowly but surely made a strong comeback this season, and head into this weekend in the top eight – although a win over Essendon would certainly make that more secure.

Luke Hodge has upped his contention for the Brownlow Medal as he continues to find good from for the Hawks, who have now made it six consecutive wins.

Also playing well for the newly revived Hawthorn side is Cyril Rioli – who particularly picked it up last weekend in the win over Adelaide.

The Bombers have had some convincing wins over the past few weeks, but saw that come to an end last weekend when they came up against the unstoppable Geelong.

The duo met back in round 6, with Essendon taking the win in one of their early season performances, and will hope to do so once again if they want to get into the top eight.

Michael Hurley has proved his worth for Essendon after coming back from his early season suspension – and impressed last round with four goals to his name.

After their recent flow of convincing form, albeit against lesser rated sides, Hawthorn are heading into Round 13 as favourites for the win at $1.57, while Essendon are at $2.42.

Carlton V Fremantle

Starting the action for Saturday night, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium will see Carlton at home to Fremantle in what is possibly the fixture of this weekend.

With both teams hoping to make the top four, this is a must win clash, and both are coming into it off the back of disappointing defeats.

Carlton surprisingly lost to North Melbourne last round, in what was a lacklustre display by the Blues who saw the top four climb increase, and will hope to get it under grips this weekend.

Eddie Betts will need to be firing on all cylinders as he was last round – the only notable forward, while Matthew Kreuzer will need to control Aaron Sandilands to give the Blues a solid chance.

Freo on the other hand suffered their second consecutive loss of the season, showing signs they are starting to tire, and if they are true contenders for the season should be able to perform against another top four side such as St Kilda.

Anthony Morabito is starting to come forward as one of Fremantle’s emerging stars, and was one of a handful of players who impressed last weekend against the Saints.

With the young legs of the Fremantle side starting to fade from their early season fiery start, the Blues are heading into the fixture as favourites at $1.66 while Freo are at $2.23 for the win.

Brisbane Lions V Richmond

Also on Saturday night, the Gabba will see the Brisbane Lions at home to Richmond for their Round 13 clash.

The two are coming into round 13 after very different seasons thus far, the Lions started well and set themselves early as top four contenders but have slipped in recent weeks, while Richmond had a dire start to the season, but have made it two wins from the past three.

For the home side this is a must win in order to get them crawling back into the top half of the ladder – and with the home ground advantage should do so, even if skipper Jonathan Brown is out.

One of the stronger players for the Lions last weekend was Tom Rockliff who will need to be influential once again tonight, while Brendan Fevola will have to step up in what will be his 200th game even without Brown by his side.

The Tigers are still sitting firmly at the bottom of the table and so a win over the seemingly vulnerable Queensland side is certainly possible.

Jack Riewoldt has been superb for the Tigers in the past four rounds, with last weekend’s 10 goals over the Eagles summing up his performances, and will need to continue this week if his side is to be in which a chance of beating the Lions.

While at the beginning of the season this would have been a simple one-way affair, recent form has brought both odds closer together and sees the Lions as slight favourites at $1.44 while the Tigers are at $2.81.

North Melbourne V Port Adelaide

On Sunday afternoon, North Melbourne will play host to Port Adelaide as they both take to the Etihad Stadium for their round 13 fixture.

For the home side, this is a crucial match which could see them into the top eight if they manage the win as they have slowly climbed up the ladder in recent weeks.

The Roos will be coming into this fixture full of confidence after beating Carlton in impressive fashion in round 12, with Lindsay Thomas reaching some of his best form in recent weeks, and will need to continue that this weekend.

In contrast, Port Adelaide have started their descent on a slippery slope down the ladder, having lost in recent weeks to sides lower than them on the table.

The Power finished round 12 with just 16 fit men on their side and looked tired when they came out for the second half.

Last weekend the Power saw key players Danyle Pearce, David Rodan and Travis Boak all silenced by the Swans, and all three need to up their game and make an impact this round.

North Melbourne are currently heading into the fixture as favourites at $1.37 to keep their top eight dream alive, while Port are at $3.12.

West Coast Eagles V Western Bulldogs

Closing the first weekend of round 13, the Subiaco Oval will see the West Coast Eagles at home to the Western Bulldogs.

The home side are coming into the weekend off the back of a devastating loss to bottom of the ladder Richmond last round – and in an embarrassing manner to say the least, making it their fourth loss on the trot this season.

Nic Naitanui is a shadow of the player he was at the beginning of the season, with comments questioning his ambition and passion for the Eagles – and so needs to step it up if he wants to avoid the negative limelight.

The Western Bulldogs come into the game with a very different mental attitude having beaten the Brisbane Lions last round in a superb performance, turning around two consecutive losses and finding their winning ways once again.

This is a must win for the Dogs if they want to see their top four dreams realised, and with a side sitting in 14th spot, and a weekends rest in sight  – it should be theirs for the taking.

With Robert Murphy back on the oval for the Dogs, it looks as though he will start in defence this Sunday as Tom Williams and Ryan Hargrave both looking dubious to start.

It is no surprise to see the Dogs heading into the fixture as favourites at $1.36 while the Eagles are at $3.17 for the win.

AFL Round 13 Fixtures

Date Match Venue Kick-Off
18.06.10 Hawthorn V Essendon MCG 7.40pm
19.06.10 Carlton V Fremantle Etihad Stadium 7.10pm
19.06.10 Brisbane Lions V Richmond Gabba 7.10pm
20.06.10 North Melbourne V Port Adelaide Etihad Stadium 1.10pm
20.06.10 West Coast Eagles V Western Bulldogs Subiaco Oval 2.40pm