Rounding off the weekend’s action is a Western Australia derby between Fremantle and the West Coast as they battle it out on the Subiaco Oval, so make sure you take advantage of this one at Sportbet.
Fremantle had a superb start to the season, but over the last few weeks has lost its flow which has come in line with the loss of key midfielder Michael Barlow, capitalised by losing their top four place last round after a trouncing by the Bulldogs.
The Dockers are at $1.38 for the win at Ladbrokes.com.au with their biggest opponent this weekend being their mental strength.
Skipper Matthew Pavlich is not in his best form as he deals with an ankle injury on the oval, while Aaron Sandilands looks as though the length of the season is beginning to take its toll on him, reflected in his performances over the past couple of weeks.
David Mundy and forward Chris Tarrant look set to return for this crucial match where anything other than a win, and a high scoring one at that, is not good enough.
Nick Suban was impressive last round with 24 possessions to his name and could be key as a replacement for Barlow.
West Coast still sit clear at the bottom of the ladder and do not have history on its side with the last six meetings between the two resulting in defeats, but is at $3.10 to change history this round.
The Eagles went down hard to Carlton last round peaking too soon as they lost their half time grip on the game, so will look to round 16’s win over Essendon as inspiration for this passionate derby.
It was against the Bombers where nimble midfielder Mark LeCras booted a superb 12 goals, and while he scored a modest comparison of three last round is a player who can scare opponents’ midfields.
Our tip of the match is to go with a Freo win by 30-39 points at $8.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip of the Match
Derbies are always tough to pick, but the difference in quality between these two will mark too big a difference and result in Freo with the win. While the Eagles will put on a good show for their home crowd, a win this week is what the Dockers need to get their confidence back in this final push for the September footy, so our tip of the match is to go with a Freo win by 30-39 points at $8.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.