AFL Finals Week One Preview & Betting – Geelong Vs St Kilda

Bouncing off the finals action is the thriller between Geelong and St Kilda at the MCG in a rematch of last year’s Grand Final.

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Geelong finished second on the ladder this season earning them the home final, and are favourites for the win this weekend at $1.38 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Cats rounded off their season with an easy win over wooden spoon winners West Coast last weekend, and superstar Gary Ablett returning to blinding form.

The midfielder booted four and finished on 33 possessions in what was a solid show from the team as a whole.

St Kilda are the slight outsiders at $3.10 for the win with Ladbrokes.com.au, and will see the controversial Steven Baker return to action after a nine game ban.

The Saints suffered a humiliating loss to Adelaide last round, as the Crows claimed a 28 point victory. They seemed to lack confidence up front and will need to overcome a couple of key injury’s to claim the win this weekend.

There is plenty of controversy away from the game itself for this one. The return of Baker prompted Geelong coach Mark Thompson to speak out to this Friday’s umpires, asking them to keep an eye on the Saints player.

Ross Lyon, St Kilda’s coach, retaliated by claiming each player on the oval should be treated the same. So will the players be able to concentrate on the task at hand at the MCG?

Our tip of the match is to back a Geelong win by 20-29 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

AFLRules Tip Of The Match

It’s a tough one to pick, but then again so are all four of the finals games. The last time they met was back in round 13 with the Saints claiming the victory, and so the Cats will certainly want to rectify that. Looking at form of late Geelong looks the stronger side, with their only recent loss being dealt by the hands of Collingwood. In contrast St Kilda have lost to the below par Essendon and Adelaide. Therefore our tip of the match is to back a Geelong win by 20-29 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.