Bouncing off this weekend’s action is a battle within the top seven of the ladder as the third ranked St Kilda side welcome the seventh placed Hawthorn Hawks to the Etihad Stadium.
This is set to be a stunner with the home side suffering a devastating defeat to the Pies last round which saw them slip and lose their stranglehold on the top spot in the ladder.
On the other hand the Hawks are flying, and they are flying high. They beat the Brisbane Lions last round which continued their winning streak since round eight, overlooking a loss to Geelong in round 15.
The Saints are slightly ahead in the odds at $1.72 for the win at Ladbrokes.com.au, and must win this fixture if they want to be guaranteed a place in the top four after the weekend, especially with the first and second ranked Pies and Cats with relatively easy fixtures.
St Kilda saw Jack Steven emerge as their highest goal scorer last round booting just two, while Leigh Montagna and Sam Fisher were the only players to show any passion on the oval ending with 34 and 33 possessions respectively.
Hawthorn is at $2.12 in this tough one to pick and a win could see them jump to fifth place on the ladder.
Both Jarryd Roughead and Jordan Lewis booted four goals for the Hawks last round, and up against a side which normally kicks a low scoreline could cause troubles if they manage to find the goal this round.
Brad Sewell and Luke Hodge finished on an impressive 39 disposals each, with Sam Mitchell on 35 in their dominant display over the Lions.
While the Hawks may have been up against the lacklustre Lions last weekend, the Saints will prove a tougher fixture, especially with their obvious desire to right last weekend’s wrongs, but it is hard to see the Hawks not enduring another high profile win.
Our tip of the match is to go against the odds and back a Hawthorn win by 1-19 points at $4.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match
This opener will be one of the tougher fixtures of the round to pick, and the result could be pivotal for each side, with a loss resulting in the Saints dropping out of the top four, or the Hawks out of the top eight.
Our tip of the match is to go against the odds and back a Hawthorn win by 1-19 points at $4.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au, as the margin will be tight but the Hawks have the better goalscorers.