The bumper fixture of the weekend pits the second placed St Kilda side against third placed Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, and what a more thrilling way to start your weekend than with such a mouth watering clash!
A potential fixture for the September finals, this is a crunch match of the highest calibre with the loser forfeiting their strong hold in the top four.
The Saints are currently warm favourites to take out the win at $1.74 with Ladbrokes.com.au, and coming off the better of the two in their last meet up in round two – the night the side lost skipper Nick Riewoldt to a hamstring injury, see him back in action.
Stephen Milne is riding high on the knowledge he is putting in a superb season for the Saints, and with his average of two-and-a-half goals a match, is a force to be reckoned with on Saturday.
Brendon Goddard is looking to walk straight back into the side after recovering from his bout of the flu, and with the midfield strong, Ross Lyon’s round 16 St Kilda side look tough to overcome.
The Pies are at $2.10 for a win, and will struggle with two key bodies missing in the form of skipper Nick Maxwell and Travis Cloke, although their injury list is only small.
The third-placed side are yet to beat a contender for the Premiership, with their most impressive wins coming against the Bulldogs who are not in the top four, and none against either Geelong or the Saints.
While the Pies do have Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury able to work magic, not having Cloke up front will seriously damage their campaign, and considering the Saints beat Geelong in round 13 without Riewoldt on the oval – it is highly unlikely they will not manage a win with him this time.
Our tip of the match is to go with the odds and back a St Kilda win by 20-39 points at $5 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match:
When it comes down to it, St Kilda has looked unstoppable in recent weeks, with even the likes of Geelong hardly causing a kink in their train. In comparison, Collingwood have not yet managed a substantial win, and are yet to prove themself against any other top four team. With this in mind, our tip of the match is to go with the odds and back a St Kilda win by 20-39 points at $5 with Ladbrokes.com.au.