On Sunday afternoon Melbourne welcome the Sydney Swans to the MCG – a fixture which has not taken place since 2006 at the Melbourne ground.
This is one of the easier fixtures of the round to pick with the Swans coming off the back of a pivotal win over Carlton continuing a strong season, with Melbourne going down to Fremantle last round.
The Swans are favourites at $1.62 for the win at Ladbrokes.com.au, but with Nick Smith, Lewis Roberts-Thomson and Jarrad McVeigh all doubtful, will need to look to some young players to step up.
Sydney has not been outside of the top eight since round three and now look to contend for a top four spot with a win over the Dees the first step, and Adam Goodes’ performance will be pivotal this round as he has seemed to inspire the Swans over recent weeks.
Sydney is entering this fixture having beaten the likes of Carlton and Essendon in recent weeks, and they will hit this match hard with the hope of reaching the top four pressing on the teams mind.
Melbourne on the other hand have not found their stride this season constantly starting each fixture slowly and often finding their feet when it is too late to turnaround a first-half deficit.
The Demons are at $2.30 for the win, and will hope James McDonald will return to the oval having recovered from a hamstring injury – although that has not been confirmed yet.
Brad Green has been a rock for the Dees and kicking six goals against the Bombers in round 15 has a successful strike rate from the wing, although little can be taken away as a positive from last round’s lacklustre show against the Dockers.
Our tip of the match is to go with the odds and back a Sydney win by 25-36 points at $7 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match
Despite the Swans not having won at the MCG this season, the young Melbourne outfit will struggle against the experienced and buoyant Sydney side, and seeing as the Dees are paying for pride – the pressing stakes take this one out for the Swans. With this in mind our tip of the match is to go with the odds and back a Sydney win by 25-36 points at $7 with Ladbrokes.com.au.