Sydney vs Collingwood
With both teams coming into this match 0-2 the pressure is going to be right on both teams to get the win. Sydney in particular who started the season as one of the premiership favourites cannot afford to drop this match at home and go down 0-3.
Despite being heavily plagued by injuries both before and during last weeks match, the Swans were brilliant against the Bulldogs when coming back to hit the front in the last quarter before the Dogs got on top again late. With Reid being able to play more time forward this week than he could last week due to Tippett’s injury the Swans forward line should be far too strong.
Collingwood were very wasteful against the Tigers but have been playing good football despite not being able to finish it off. The match will likely be closer than most expect but the Swans should still get the win.
North Melbourne vs GWS
North Melbourne have shown a lot in their 2 matches to start this season despite not being able to get the win in either. They led the Cats by 5 goals last week before falling tiring in the last quarter and going down by a point in the dying stages. The loss of Scott Thompson will be a big loss this week though coming up against such a potent forward line.
GWS will go around as the shortest priced favourite of the round after their 100+ thumping of the Suns in Round 2 but we can’t just forget their disappointing effort in Round 1 where they were smashed by the Crows. They won’t get it as easy this week against the Roos as they got it against the Suns and playing away from home against a team who loves playing at this ground the match could be closer than the odds suggest.
Richmond vs West Coast
Despite both teams coming into this match unbeaten, they both had very ugly wins on the weekend and were lucky to escape with the 4 points. The Tigers were dreadful in front of goal and wasted a lot of opportunities which should have cost them if their opposition wasn’t equally as wasteful. While the Eagles were scrappy and fumbling the ball in their match against the Saints and only really started playing good footy in the latter part of the match.
With Mitchell, Gaff, Priddis and Shuey the Eagles midfield should have far too much depth for the Tigers this week though and while they don’t play brilliantly at the MCG the Tigers have been the least impressive of any of the 2-0 teams and should be outclassed here.
Geelong vs Melbourne
Geelong were very lucky to escape with the 4 points against North last week after trailing by 5 goals in the second half, but the Demons were equally lucky to get the win against Carlton in what was a see-sawing match through the last quarter.
This is a match where the Demons could have pushed the Cats and perhaps even caused the upset but with Jordan Lewis and Jesse Hogan both now suspended their chances appear very minimal.
Clayton Oliver has racked up 36 and 35 disposals in his 2 matches so far this season so at $2.25 to get 30+ disposals with Sportsbet he could be the best value coming up against a midfield that doesn’t really tag opposition mids.
Port Adelaide vs Adelaide
The Showdown always puts on a good show and with both teams coming in undefeated and sitting 1st and 2nd on the ladder it is no doubt the match of the round.
Adelaide will start favourite and rightly so given their form with a crushing win over flag favourites GWS in Round 1 and then an impressive come from behind win over the Hawks away last week. The Power on the other hand come into this match on the back of a big win at home over Fremantle who look dreadful so far this year and a win over Sydney which had good merit despite the Swans being injury plagued.
The 12.5 point line doesn’t seem likely to be enough for a team that scores as heavily as the Crows and they should win this game comfortably and move clear at the top of the ladder.
Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs
Fremantle have looked extremely poor in both matches so far this season. Their defensive pressure is non existent and the home ground advantage won’t nearly be enough to keep the Dogs at bay who are coming off a good win over the Swans last week.
The 31.5 point line won’t be nearly enough and the Dogs should cover with ease.
St Kilda vs Brisbane
The Saints were very brave in their loss to the Eagles in Perth last week and even though they lose Jack Steven for this match they get back Nick Riewoldt which will really straighten them up going forward and playing at home will be very hard to beat.
After an impressive Round 1 performance the Lions were poor at times against the Bombers at home last week. They were comprehensively outplayed for 3 quarters of footy and the scoreboard really flattered their performance in the end. They didn’t seem to be able to go with the Bombers pace and up against another speedy team on a really fast surface they will likely struggle to cover the line.
Carlton vs Essendon
The Dons have looked good in both matches so far this year and with the inclusions of Hocking and Leuenberger here should only take further improvement. Carlton played well at times against the Demons last weekend but still only kicked 9 goals and that isn’t going to get it done against a team like the Bombers who can score very heavily.
Look at taking both the Bombers to cover the line and win by 60+ as this could get messy for the Blues especially if they fall behind early.
Gold Coast vs Hawthorn
The Suns have been dreadful to start this year and with even more off field drama during the week around Gary Ablett there is just no way you could back them.
The Hawks will cover the -19.5 line and look a good banker for multis.