The 2010 AFL Season is heading into Round 15 this weekend, and with the finals getting closer, teams around the middle of the ladder need to grab as many points as they can.
Last weekend saw the home sides dominate, with no travellers claiming a win which could be an interesting point for punters this weekend, for a roundup of last weekend’s fixtures, click here.
This round sees top of the table Geelong face the newly in-form Hawthorn hoping to create a lead, while St Kilda – level on points with the Cats, are away to the Brisbane Lions – crumbling at this point of the season.
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Below is a preview of all the matches scheduled for round 15 of the 2010 AFL Season.
Port Adelaide V Collingwood
Bouncing off this weekend’s action, Port Adelaide and Collingwood will take to the AAMI Stadium for their round 15 fixture.
Currently favourites to claim the win, the Pies are at safe $1.15 odds, and with the team sitting third on the ladder, will most likely deliver.
The Power are at $5.55 to win, and while these are lucrative odds, recent form does not point towards an upset – with last weekend delivering the side its seventh consecutive loss.
Darren Jolly has proved his worth for the Magpies, and with Travis Boak looking to return this week for the Power, the onballer will need to perform well for his side to be in contention for four points.
Sitting in the bottom four will certainly push the home side forward to try and resurrect their poor form of late, but playing Collingwood is a tall order for any side, let alone one which has not played well since round seven.
Our ‘Tip Of The Match’ is to back the Pies to win by 40-59 points at $4.25, as they will no doubt dominate despite being away from home.
Geelong V Hawthorn
Starting the action for Saturday, Geelong will welcome Hawthorn to the MCG in what is certainly shaping up to be a thriller.
Hoping to continue their dominance over the season, the Cats are heading into the fixture as clear favourites to take the win at $1.35, and after their bounce-back from defeat last weekend look the team to beat once more.
The fierce rivalry between these two established clubs will come to the fore once again this round, and with the Hawks at $3.25 for the upset, will hope to overcome the outsiders tag and move further up the ladder.
The midfield is where this fixture will be won, as the Hawks need to let the likes of James Podsiadly see as little of the ball as possible, but coming off the back of a crucial win over the Bulldogs and with their midfield in full flight may just manage it.
With the home advantage a possible factor in this match’s outcome, our ‘Tip Of The Match’ is to back a 1-19 Geelong winning margin at $4.25, as they are simply the team of the season so far.
West Coast Eagles V Adelaide
On Saturday afternoon, the Subiaco Oval will see the West Coast Eagles at home to Adelaide for their round 15 game.
The home side, with their recent slump in form, are currently outsiders at $2.77 for the win, and sitting at the bottom of the ladder are on target for the wooden spoon.
The Crows have turned around a slow start to the season with some convincing wins over the past few weeks, and are favourites to claim another four points this round at $1.45.
Adelaide’s win over Essendon last week saw them claim their first consecutive victory of the season, and with many writing the team off at the beginning of the year, have worked their way back into contention for the final.
Without Darren Glass in the Eagles’ defence, our ‘Tip Of The Match’ is to back an Adelaide win by 20-39 points at $4.25, as the Crows have played some far superior footy than their opponents this weekend.
Brisbane Lions V St Kilda
On Saturday evening, the Brisbane Lions will be at home to St Kilda, when the Gabba prepares for round 15.
The Saints, who dealt Geelong the wake-up call of the season two weeks ago, are currently heading into this fixture as favourites to win at $1.20.
With the Brisbane Lions continuing their slump in form, and falling further down the ladder, they are at $4.65 for the upset.
One interesting factor for spectators will be the return to the oval of Brendan Fevola and Nick Riewoldt for the Lions and the Saints respectively, with Riewoldt having been out since the season started due to a hamstring injury.
For a side in such a messy state as the Lions, it is a tough call to come up against the slick teamwork of the Saints and so players such as Simon Black will need to haul them forward.
Our ‘Tip Of The Match’ is to back a St Kilda win by 40-59 points at $5, as the Lions have been trounced in recent weeks, and the Saints will be looking to keep their finger on the mark alongside Geelong.
Richmond V Fremantle
On Saturday evening, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium will see Richmond welcome Fremantle for an interesting round 15 fixture.
This is a hard one to call, however in the odds Fremantle have the edge and are at $1.48 for the win which would maintain their top four status.
Richmond are at $2.67 for the win, and with their recent peak in form over the past few weeks, put themselves in contention for the win – something which would not have been the case at the beginning of the year.
The Tigers overcame the Sydney Swans last week, but with Freo’s impressive stint this season, another game plan will be needed, and the Dockers will certainly be vying for four more points to help guarantee a home game in the finals.
With Jack Riewoldt continuing his match winning form at the moment, which has put him in contention for the Coleman Medal, and with Michael Barlow missing for Freo – the midfield is a contest which either side could win – and will prove a worthy aspect of the oval to be in control of.
Our ‘Tip Of The Match’ is to go against the odds and back a Richmond win in the final quarter, with the previous three terms all won by Freo at $31.
Sydney V North Melbourne
On Sunday afternoon the SCG will see Sydney welcome North Melbourne for their round 15 fixture at the middle of the table.
The Swans, coming off the back of a devastating defeat to the Tigers last weekend are at $1.44 for the win this round, hoping to keep aspirations of finishing in the top eight alive.
Just a spot below the Swans on the ladder, North Melbourne are at $2.82 for the crucial win, which would see them move into the top eight – a pivotal chance at this point in the season.
The Roos have improved as the weeks have gone on, and with Ryan Bastinac and Ben Cunnington pivotal for the side this season, it will most likely be up to them to deliver once more.
This one is a close game to call, and with their recent slump in form, our ‘Tip Of The Match’ is to go with a North Melbourne win by 1-24 points at $4.30 to earn a few bucks this weekend.
Melbourne V Essendon
On Sunday afternoon, Melbourne and Essendon will take to the MCG, as they face each other in their round 15 fixture.
With neither side playing inspiring football of late, nor either side being in contention of making it to the finals, this will probably be another relatively boring game for spectators.
The Bombers are slightly ahead in the odds at $1.88 for the win, and after a thumping by Adelaide last weekend, will need to pick themselves up mentally before heading to the ground.
The Dees are at $1.95 for the win, and will hope Jack Watts can up his game and add a few to his five goal tally for the season.
The Bombers will no doubt come out strong looking to redeem themselves for such a dismal performance in South Australia this week, although the Dees will fancy their chances having the more stable line up of the two.
Our ‘Tip Of The Match’ is to back an Essendon first quarter lead, with Melbourne taking the reins through to the end of the match at $8.50.
Carlton V Western Bulldogs
Rounding off this weekend’s action, Carlton will welcome the Western Bulldogs to Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium for what is set to be a thrilling battle at the top end of the ladder.
For both sides this is a crucial fixture, with the Blues at sixth place, just a spot behind the Dogs, and a win would see a top four finish slightly more realistic for whichever side claims it.
The Dogs are currently just ahead in the odds at $1.52, and coming off the back of a disappointing loss to Hawthorn last round, need the four points to maintain pressure on the top four.
The Blues are at $2.55 for the win this round, and will certainly be in a different mental state to that of their opponents seeing they were easy winners over the Brisbane Lions last weekend.
Our ‘Tip Of The Match’ is to go against the odds and back a Carlton 1-19 margin win at $5.50, with the victory last weekend spurring their confidence.
AFL Round 15 Fixtures
|09.07.10||Port Adelaide V Collingwood||AAMI Stadium||8.10pm|
|10.07.10||Geelong V Hawthorn||MCG||2.10pm|
|10.07.10||West Coast Eagles v Adelaide||Subiaco Oval||1.10pm|
|10.07.10||Brisbane Lions V St Kilda||Gabba||7.10pm|
|10.07.10||Richmond V Fremantle||Etihad Stadium||7.10pm|
|11.07.10||Sydney V North Melbourne||SCG||1.10pm|
|11.07.10||Melbourne V Essendon||MCG||2.10pm|
|11.07.10||Carlton V Western Bulldogs||Etihad Stadium||4.40pm|