AFL ROUND 13
Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles
Friday night footy and we're off to the SCG as the Swans welcome up ladder-leading West Coast Eagles to their city. The Swans rattled off their fifth win on the hop, recently adding the Saints to their list last week when a 9-goal first quarter that set the tone in a dominant display. West Coast had the freshen up and will head to New South Wales ready to tackle the only team that have beaten them this year, back in round one.
The Sydney Swans have done everything that has been asked of them in the past month and continue to win. Their mammoth win last week against the Saints says more about how bad they're going than how well the Swans are. Jarrod McVeigh, who will again put his name up for AA, will miss this week through injury, being replaced by Alirr Alirr. McVeigh continues to play at an elite level that we've come to expect from him and is the unspoken leader of this Swans backline. He is the most important player behind the ball for the Swans and his presence tonight will be hugely missed. Kieran Jack will make his return and will partner up with Josh Kennedy and Dan Hannerbury in the midfield. On the other side of the park, Jack Darling has been ruled out for the better part of the next two months which is leg injury. His presence up forward has spearheaded the Eagles attack and given much needed help to John Kennedy. High flying forward, Liam Ryan, will make his return back to the Eagles lineup after an extended period out through injury. Before his injury in round three, Ryan was lighting up the Eagles forward line and was on track for a Rising Star accolades. Shuey will also line up for the Eagles and all of a sudden the Jack Darling injury has been filled on the team sheet.
The Swans needed an eight-goal haul from Buddy to lift them over the line back in round one and you can guarantee that the Eagles coaching staff will be paying closer attention to him this time round. Marquee games like these ones attract passionate home crowd supporters and with no rain expected, the Blood-faithfuls will be out in force tonight. The Eagles will ask the question of the Swans and their very soft form over the past month so we're all too happy to take the Eagles handicap to start our weekend off.
West Coast +13.52.5u at 2-2.5
Geelong Cats v Richmond Tigers
The final game of the round on Sunday and there looks to be a play here as the Cats and the Tigers lock it up at the 'G. The Tigers are returning back to Victoria after having their colours lowered in Adelaide last week against a rampant Port Power. The Cats, on the other hand, were able to handle the North Melbourne Kangaroos last week down at Simmonds Stadium to continue their premiership campaign building for the year.
The Tigers were were without the service of Dusty Martin last week as he had himself a week off to nurse an injured calf. All reports suggest that he'll line up for this clash and it will be a welcomed inclusion for the Yellow & Black army. The Tigers dropped their third game for the season and their second in a month as Port were put pay to thisTigers outfit that seemingly have issues travelling interstate. The Tiger's 'get-the-ball-forward-at-all-cost' mentality was their own undoing last week as they consistently slammed long balls blindly into a Port-stacked backline. Credit were credit is due and Hinkley was clearly responsible for adapting a game plan to the circumstances after Port's hot second quarter. Geelong have quietly been going about their business and since their round nine capitulation against the Bombers have responded with some decent footy in the past month. Aaron Black has since learnt that his season was over after rupturing his ACL in a marking contest last week. Besides that, the Cats injury front looks to be quite healthy with Harry Taylor set to make his return next week. He will be forcing his way back into a galvanized Geelong defense that appears to have it sorted out down back.
The Tigers haven't lost in Melbourne since round 13 of 2017 to the Swans and since then have made Melbourne a very tough location to go to and win. The Tigers were also responsible for taking one of the Cat's double chances in the finals last year as they were bundled out in straight sets.The Cats are in better form at the moment and even though the Tigers are not worried about losing interstate games(because the games that matter to them aren't played interstate), they will still need to play better than they have in the past month to roll the Cats in which I dont think they will. Small play on the Cats H2H but take the plus handicap to see the weekend out as winners and get one of our season bets back on track. See our early season AFL bets here.
Geelong +12.53.5u at 1.9-3.5
Geelong To Win1u at 2.55-1
WEEK RESULTS STAKES ROI Round Sixteen -4.11 12 -34% Round Fifteen -8.5 8.5 -100% Round Fourteen +6.5 8 81% Round Thirteen -7 7 -100% Round Twelve -0.72 5.5 -13% Round Eleven -2.93 7.5 -39% Round Ten +1.5 8 19% Round Nine +7.84 8.5 92% Round Eight +3.5 8 44% Round Seven +2.35 7.25 32% Round Six +1.15 5.5 21% Round Five +5.32 9 59% Round Four -2.1 6.5 -32% Round Three -0.35 5.5 -6% Round Two -1.5 6 -25% Round One +2.56 6 43% Total +3.51 118.75 3%