This weekend sees the 2010 AFL Season go into the sound weekend of Round 13, with ten of the teams resting, while six which did not play last weekend begin their decent to the end of the season.
Our ‘Tip Of The Week’ is to back a Melbourne win at $2.31, as they will overcome their drought at the AAMI.
Last weekend’s results saw some interesting shifts on the ladder, with the Lions’ demise continuing due to Richmond confirming they have found solid form – for a full roundup of last weekend’s action click here.
This weekend however sees perhaps the fixture of the season take place when St Kilda welcome Geelong, and as the top two battle it out, it will be interesting to see how the season break has either helped or hindered both teams.
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Below is a preview of the matches scheduled for the second weekend in Round 13 of the 2010 AFL Season.
St Kilda V Geelong
Bouncing off the weekend’s action St Kilda and Geelong will battle it out at the MCG for their top of the table clash in round 13.
The home side are heading into this fixture with the knowledge a win would set them level in points with the Cats at the top of the ladder.
The Saints are coming into the fixture off the back of some convincing form, having become accustomed to the loss of Nick Riewoldt early in the season and winning without him, with Brendon Goddard stepping up and playing some of the best Aussie rules in his career.
Stephen Milne was criticised in his performance in the grand final last year, and if he wants to rectify himself will need to stand up this weekend.
However Geelong are not sitting at the top of the table just by luck, they have played some of the footy of the season and will head into Friday night’s game looking to lengthen their lead at the top.
The Cats’ midfield is continuing their impressive form, with James Podsiadly stepping up this season and playing incredibly well.
In a battle of the most dangerous attack on the ladder come up against the strongest defence, the Cats are the current favourites at $1.33 with the Saints at $3.35
Sydney V Collingwood
On Saturday evening at the ANZ Stadium, the Sydney Swans will welcome Collingwood for their round 13 fixture.
The home side are currently sitting safe in the top half of the ladder, but will no doubt look for a win to take them that much closer to the top four – however are coming up against their bogey team.
The Swans have played some impressive footy of late which has given them important wins, but will it be enough to overcome the impressive Pies’ side.
Jude Bolton has proved himself for the Swans when he played superbly against Essendon a couple of weeks ago, and with wet weather set for Saturday night will need to flourish once more for Sydney to claim the win.
Collingwood are in fourth place on the ladder at the moment, and have come out on top in recent years when it comes to this fixture.
However they will certainly hope last weekend’s rest will have worked some magic, as the Magpies looked tired in their last few fixtures, which saw them lose twice and draw with Melbourne after a vibrant start to the season.
Returning to face his former club, Darren Jolly is yet to sparkle with Collingwood, and so will hope to do so in this crunch match when he heads to Sydney.
Collingwood are heading into the match favourites at $1.65 with Sydney at $2.25 for the home win, however the break may well have been what the Swans needed to fire them up for this rivalry.
Adelaide V Melbourne
Rounding off this weekend’s action, the AAMI Stadium will see Adelaide at home to Melbourne for their round 13 fixture.
The home side have had a poor season this year, and are currently sitting at the bottom of the ladder equal on points with the Eagles and Richmond – and need a win to get away from the wooden spoon position.
The Crows should remember going into this fixture that all three of their wins this season were at the AAMI Stadium, so no doubt they will hope to add a fourth.
Kurt Tippett has upped his game of late for the Crows, and with some unimpressive kicking starting off the season, came through against the Hawks and will be up against James Frawley this weekend in an interesting matchup.
Melbourne on the other hand have started impressing after a slow start to the season – holding Collingwood to a draw in round 12.
The Dees do not have a good record at the Adelaide stadium by any means, having lost their last 13 games there and quite substantially.
In the match against the Pies, Aaron Davey stood out for the Dees with his 28 possessions and speed – so will look to make an impact one again this weekend.
The Crows are heading into the match favourites to win at $1.62, with Melbourne at $2.31 – although with their recent peak in form could finally overcome their bad luck in Adelaide.
AFL Round 13 Fixtures
|25.06.10||St Kilda V Geelong||MCG||7.50pm|
|26.06.10||Sydney V Collingwood||ANZ||7.10pm|
|27.06.10||Adelaide V Melbourne||AAMI Stadium||2.40pm|