Hawthorn face a real tester this weekend, as sitting on the margin between top and bottom eight, a win would see them safe – and up against the floundering Brisbane Lions should be a reachable task on Saturday afternoon.
Taking place at the Aurora Stadium, the Hawks have it all to play for and are at $1.28 at Ladbrokes.com.au for the win, after losing to the top-sided Geelong by just two points last weekend.
Following a dismal start to the season, Hawthorn have found some superb form and are eyeing up a likely spot in the finals, although need to overcome the Lions substantially this round first.
A notable point for this fixture is Chance Bateman’s 150th run out, making him the first indigenous player to make the record for the Hawks, and as one of the more reliable forces in the side will certainly see his teammates do all they can to repay him this weekend.
Forwards Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli are peaking at this crucial point in the season, and if they continue that this round, will certainly provide a threat for the Hawks up front.
The Lions head into this game at $3.70 for a win – something they have completed just once since their round four triumph over the Western Bulldogs.
It was a superb start to the season for the Brisbane side, but with fitness and injuries plaguing the side, has seen them slip way down the ladder to 12th and desperately need a win for any chance of making the top eight.
Almost toppling the Saints last weekend, the Brisbane young-guns have stepped it up, and with the likes of Tom Rockliff and Daniel Rich making their marks on the AFL, will need to do so again on Saturday.
Brendon Fevola gave the Lions a glimpse of his old self last round booting four goals, the full-forward is hard to stop when on form, and with the Hawks not known for their tall defenders could strike hard in round 16.
Our tip of the match is to go with the odds and back a close Hawthorn win of 1-12 points at $4.75 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match:
Looking at recent form, the Hawks have turned into a different side over the past couple of months than that which started the 2010 AFL Season, and while the Lions looked strong last weekend, they have not been consistent. Therefore, our tip of the match is to go with the odds and back a close Hawthorn win of 1-12 points at $4.75 with Ladbrokes.com.au.