Rounding off the first weekend of finals footy Sydney will welcome Carlton to the ANZ Stadium for what is set to be a close game.
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Sydney had a vulnerable middle section of the year although finished with some strong results, and are favourites at $2.77 for the win at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Swans capped off their solid season with a superb win over the Brisbane Lions last weekend, which rounded off four consecutive wins over the likes of Hawthorn, Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs.
Daniel Hannebury has been superb for the Swans in what is just his second year of AFL. His skilful contribution was recently recognised as he received the NAB AFL Rising Star, and could certainly pose a threat this Sunday.
While the home side do have the home ground advantage, the Swans were very clear about their preference for the SCG rather than the ANZ. The more compact arena the SCG provides suits their play more, so will they overcome the initial disappointment in front of their home crowd?
The Blues are sitting at $2.73 for the win with Ladbrokes.com.au and only just managed to scrape into the top eight with the better percentage.
Carlton finished their season off with a less than desirable streak, losing to the Cats and Freo. Last week’s loss to the Dockers saw Andrew Carrazzo suffer an injury which may see him out of Sunday’s game which would be a huge blow to the Blues.
Shane Mumford is also in doubt for the start which could leave a space open for Robbie Warnock. The ruckman has been solid over the past month or so and could be a key player if he has to step up in the finals.
Our tip of the match is to go with a Sydney win by 20-29 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
AFLRules Tip Of The Match
If this one was being played at the preferred ground for Sydney – the SCG – one would tip the Swans far more confidently. However with the obvious dislike for the ANZ, the Blues may fancy their chances. Looking at recent form the Swans come across far more consistently, posting some convincing wins over solid opponents. In contrast the Blues have been up and down, losing to strong teams and struggling against sides lower than them on the ladder. With this in mind our tip of the match is to go with a Sydney win by 20-29 points at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.