There are plenty of big clashes in Round 13 of the 2014 AFL season and Saturday night the two form teams of the competition with be on display at the Sydney Cricket Ground; with the Sydney Swans taking on the Port Adelaide Power.
In other key clashes the West Coast Eagles look to end their losing streak against the Gold Coast Sun, while all eyes will be on the under siege Essendon Bombers when they take on the Melbourne Demons on Saturday after the majority of their squad received show cause notices from ASADA last night.
Hopefully the football on display this weekend will help us forget about the controversies plaguing the AFL and our team of sports betting experts have run the rule over every game this weekend to try and find an upset at big odds for punters.
Friday – Carlton Blues vs Hawthorn Hawkes
The Carlton Blues were gallant in defeat against Geelong last Friday night and they will have to reproduce a similar effort to be any chance at upsetting Hawthorn this weekend.
Hawthorn returned to a semblance of their best form with a professional performance against the West Coast Eagles last Saturday and are sure to continue to improve as more and more of their key players return from injury.
This is a tough take game from a betting perspective as the line looks just around right, but the $2 lines on offer at Ladbrokes.com.au mean that it is well worth having a punt.
The Tip: Hawthorn by 34
The Bet: Geelong to beat the spread (-30.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
Saturday – Sydney Swans vs Port Adelaide Power
This is easily the clash of the round, if not of the season to date, and will be another real test as to just how good this young Port Adelaide side is.
The Power have not lost since they went down to North Melbourne in round three and are two wins clear on top of the premiership ladder, but will face their toughest test to date against a near full strength Sydney side away from their home ground at the Adelaide Oval.
Sydney have found form in the past month and their form line is starting to dominate, but will be without Kurt Tippett who has taken plenty of attention away from Lance Franklin in recent weeks.
The Swans are deserved favourites for this clash, but the odds on offer for Port Adelaide represent great value as there is not the gap between these two sides that the bookmakers are suggesting.
The Tip: Port Adelaide by 5
The Bet: Port Adelaide to win and beat the spread ($2.80 and +15.5 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
Saturday – Essendon Bombers vs Melbourne Demons
Essendon Bombers fans, players and officials hit the day they have been dreading for over 12 months yesterday when players were issued with show cause notices by ASADA, but they still have a game of football to play this weekend.
The Bombers have shown great fight with this scandal hanging over their heads and have generally produced some of their best performances the week after the drug scandal reared its ugly head again.
We are predicting a big win for the Bombers on the plain Melbourne Demons side and Ladbrokes.com.au are offering a special price of $4 for the Bombers to score a victory of more than 40 points
The Tip: Essendon by 52
The Bet: Essendon to win by more than 40 points ($4 at Ladbrokes.com.au)
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