Saturday night the finals series will see the Minor Premiers Collingwood welcome the Western Bulldogs to the MCG in what will be a great game for all spectators.
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It’s no surprise to see the Pies dominating the odds at $1.22 with Ladbrokes.com.au, although before punters get carried away remember they did lose last weekend.
The Hawks went against the odds last round and through a gritty performance took all four points from the Pies. If anything, it proves to opponents such as the Bulldogs that upsets do happen.
One key player missing from last week’s Pies outfit was Alan Didak, but the forward trained well with the side on Wednesday and could return to action this Saturday.
There is still speculation surrounding the fitness of Simon Prestigiacomo and Ben Johnson, with decisions to be made closer to the bounce.
Skipper Nick Maxwell believes the depth of talent the Pies possess will see them through the finals to claim the premiership this season, but first they must overcome the Bulldogs.
The Western Bulldogs have long odds of $4.35 for the win with Ladbrokes.com.au. The Bulldogs had a shaky few weeks recently, although rounded the regular season off with a convincing win over Essendon.
The win had consequences with Ryan Griffen and Jordan Roughead both receiving injuries, although Griffen could still play – a huge advantage considering Adam Cooney and Dale Morris will be out.
Barry Hall will be instrumental in the outcome for the Bulldogs, with his wealth of experience unrivalled among the squad. Midfielder Matthew Boyd said the many of the players had spoken to Hall about playing in the finals, with him being the most capped finals player in the squad.
Our tip of the match is to go with a Pies win by 20-29 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match
Despite last weekend’s loss, and it was a close loss, some of the footy the Pies have been playing has been unrivalled this season. Prior to last weekend Collingwood’s last defeat was back in round 10 when they suffered a shock loss to the Brisbane Lions, after that they grew from strength to strength. The Bulldogs have shown glimpses of some great footy this season, but have been nowhere near as consistent as their rivals for this weekend. With this in mind our tip of the match is to go with a Pies win by 20-29 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.