After a round of blow out scorelines in round 2, the AFL fraternity will be hoping for some closer contests this weekend. After two rounds it would appear the Greater Western Sydney Giants could have used another year honing their skills in lower tier football and the Gold Coast Suns are yet to show much improvement on their debut season. A red-hot West Coast side are showing they are a force to be reckoned with in 2012 along with the usual contenders Geelong, Hawthorn and Carlton.
Friday April 13, MCG, Carlton V Collingwood
After delivering the Brisbane Lions a frightful 154-63 point flogging on the weekend, Carlton will head into Friday’s fixture with Collingwood as slight $1.75 favourites. Superstar Chris Judd was particularly impressive on Friday night and it is likely he will again play a key role if the Blues can beat the ‘Pies ($2.15) at the home of AFL football on Saturday night. Collingwood will be no walkover though and will be looking build on last week’s 21 point win over Richmond.
Saturday April 14, MCG, Richmond V Melbourne
Melbourne have been nothing short of horrible this year and that is why they will go into this weekend as $3.80 outsiders. They were given a 108 point football lesson by West Coast on Saturday night and will need to improve tremendously to beat the $1.25 favourites on Saturday afternoon. Richmond produced a much-improved performance when losing by 21 points to a quality Collingwood side last weekend after being accused of a lack of effort in round 1.
Saturday April 14, AAMI Stadium, Port Adelaide V Sydney
The unbeaten Swans have opened as $1.45 favourites after producing another impressive display on the weekend when beating Fremantle 94-81. Though they will have to beware of the wounded Port ($2.70) side who will be looking to prove the doubters wrong after getting beaten by Essendon on the weekend.
Saturday April 14, Pattersons Stadium, Fremantle V Brisbane Lions
The Lions head to the west with their tails between their legs after being embarrassingly destroyed by Carlton at the Gabba on Thursday night. They play a Fremantle team who will also be looking to bounce back after being beaten by the Swans and the huge $1.07 favourites should be buoyed by their home fans at the ground formerly known as Subiaco Oval. On the basis of their form so far this year, the $7.50 Lions are tough to back this weekend.
Saturday April 14, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast V Essendon
It would take a brave individual to back the double-figure outsiders the Gold Coast ($10.00) this weekend. In their second AFL season, the men from Queensland’s coast have looked more like boys and have so far struggled to show any improvement on their tough debut season. They come up against an Essendon ($1.04) side who will show no mercy and are fresh off a win over Port Adelaide last weekend.
Saturday April 14, Etihad Stadium, Western Bulldogs V St Kilda
St Kilda ($1.45) have to beware not to go into the game too cocky after beating a horrible Gold Coast side 139-47 over Easter and they come up against a fighting Western Bulldogs ($2.70) side who will be look to bounce back after losing to the Adelaide Crows at the weekend.
Sunday April 15, Blacktown International Sports Park, GWS V West Coast
There is no market currently available at bookmaker.com.au for this clash and for good reason. GWS have done nothing but show they don’t belong so far this season and they come up against a West Coast outfit that is in tremendous form. After beating Melbourne by more than 100 point last weekend, it seems all the men from the west have to do is turn up on Saturday night to secure victory.
Sunday April 15, MCG, Hawthorn V Adelaide
Beware a Hawthorn side that will be stinging after narrowly going down to Geelong by two points on Monday.They start as $1.18 favourites but the game might not be as much of a forgone conclusion as the market suggests with the $4.70 Crows so far unbeaten in 2012.
Sunday April 15, Etihad Stadium, North Melbourne V Geelong
Despite North Melbourne ($5.00) looking promising this year, it is tough to look past the red-hot $1.16 favourites in Geelong who again appear to be one of the teams to beat this year. They played tremendously against Hawthorn when winning by two points and should have too much depth for the Kangaroos this weekend.
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