The much-hyped opening round of the AFL is now out of the way and the attention turns to round 2 in what is to the naked eye, a fairly predictable round of footy, with seven of the eight games containing favourites paying $1.31 or less.
With so many short-priced favourites, multi-betting could be the order of the round with some near certain outcomes set to take place.
Brisbane V Carlton – Thursday April 5, 7:10pm, The Gabba
This is one game where an upset could be on the cards with the Lions looking to impress in their first game in front of their faithful supporters in the sunshine state. They were impressive when beating Melbourne on the weekend and provide excellent value at $3.60 (bookmaker.com.au). It will be no easy task to upset the Blues ($1.31) though, who are coming off a barnstorming victory over Richmond on the weekend and will be at near full strength on Thursday following the returns of Michael Jamison and Nick Duigan.
Essendon V Port Adelaide – Saturday April 7, 1:45pm, Ethiad Stadium
The Bombers were lucky to escape with a two-point victory over North Melbourne in round 1 but should have a far easier time of it when they start as favourites ($1.22 – bookmaker.com.au) against battlers Port Adelaide ($4.30) on Saturday night. Port Adelaide produced a surprise round one victory over St Kilda but it is unlikely they will catch the Bombers off guard who will be buoyed by the return of star paceman Jason Winderlinch.
Sydney V Fremantle – Saturday April 7, 2:10pm, SCG
Sydney will start as favourites ($1.67) in what should be the most hotly contested fixture of round 2 and will come into the game in high spirits after delivering AFL newcomers GWS a frightful flogging last weekend. Fremantle ($2.28) will also head into the fixture full of confidence after beating the star-studded Geelong Cats last weekend. They will have to win without livewire forward Hayden Ballantyne who has been suspended for a behind the play incident on Geelong’s Paul Chapman.
Melbourne V West Coast – Saturday April 7, 4:40pm, Patersons Stadium
Melbourne were, to put it lightly, awful in their round 1 loss to Brisbane and that is why they will start as bookmaker.com.au $9.00 outsiders when they head to the nation’s west this weekend. West Coast ($1.07) however, produced a dominant display against the Western Bulldogs and should have no trouble disposing of the poorly-performed Demons in Perth this weekend.
Collingwood V Richmond – Saturday April 7, 7:40pm, MCG
Unless Richmond can produce a miracle, this seems like another no brainer. Richmond’s performance against Carlton in round 1 left many fans calling them heartless and they will have to produce a complete turn around to upset the premiership contenders on Saturday night. The Magpies will be fired up to avenge for their loss against Hawthorn and at $1.15 seem like an easy multi-bet addition to beat the Tigers ($5.80).
Adelaide V Western Bulldogs – Saturday April 7, 7:40pm, Aami Stadium
Adelaide showed they mean business in 2012 when they refused to take the Gold Coast Suns lightly in their opening fixture. They beat the Suns by 67 points and have a chance to continue their strong start to the season when they open as bookmaker.com.au $1.23 favourites against the Western Bulldogs ($4.30). It spells trouble for the Bulldogs who are coming off a horrific defeat at the hands of the West Coast Eagles.
North Melbourne V Greater Western Sydney – Sunday April 8, 1:10pm, Blundstone Arena
In what is easily the biggest mis-match of the round, the AFL’s new kids on the block look set for another football lesson when they take on unbackable $1.01 favourites North Melbourne. At $16.75, GWS have not been given any hope of upsetting the Kangaroos and rightfully so as it will be a case of boys against men on Sunday afternoon at Blundstone Arena.
St Kilda V Gold Coast – Sunday April 8, 4:40pm, Etihad Stadium
You could be forgiven for switching off the box on Sunday afternoon, with the second Sunday fixture also seemingly a forgone conclusion. The Suns picked up where they left off from last season in round 1 and look set for another long year at the bottom of the competition table. They are $10.00 outsiders against a St Kilda ($1.05) side who will be out to avenge their upset loss to Port Adelaide last weekend.