Collingwood v Brisbane
Brisbane to win @ 2.14
After a week of COVID scares for both clubs, the game between these two sides is set to go ahead and has been moved to Marvel Stadium.
The Lions have gotten off to a horror 0-2 start, and much of it can be linked to the slow start by barometer Lachie Neale, after being tagged successfully by both Sydney and Geelong, the blueprint has been set out for other sides. However, he has dealt with the tag in the past, and I expect him to bounce back with a vengeance this week.
Both teams came out scathed on the injury front, but the biggest story is McInerney’s ankle, forcing third gamer Connor Ballenden to go up against the All-Australian Grundy this week.
The Lions are rightfully underdogs in this clash taking all the circumstances into account, but they are last years preliminary finalists and this is a must-win clash for Brisbane to avoid going 0-3. I expect the stay in Victoria to galvanize the group and get them fired-up to rebound against the Pies.
Carlton v Fremantle
Carlton-Carlton HT/FT Double @ 1.75
The Dockers got their first win of the season at a cost last weekend, losing Nat Fyfe for the clash against the 0-2 Blues.
Carlton have lost both their games to start this season, but the losses have not been dreadful. They struggle to fight out games, leading in the third quarter against the reigning premiers before falling off in the last, whilst also being within striking distance of Collingwood at 3 quarter time, before a repeat of Round 1 happened.
I expect the Blues to get off to a fast start against a lesser quality opponent relative to their last two, and hang on for the win. The game being played at Marvel, and Fremantle missing their Brownlow medalist is a huge advantage for the Blues.
Geelong v Hawthorn
Geelong Cats -23.5 @ 1.95
The proverbial Easter Monday clash will take place once again as the Cats take on the Hawks. These two sides are expected to have very different 2021 campaigns, with the Cats being one of the premiership fancies and the Hawks predicted to finish near the bottom rung of the ladder.
The Cats should arguably be 0-2 following the controversial no-call against Brisbane, but they managed to hold on for their first win of the season, and with Duncan set to line up for the first time this year, they look primed for their first convincing win against one of the bottom teams in the competition.
Wingard is also set to return, nonetheless, the 23.5 line seems very juicy and if the Cats are on early, a 40+ win ($2.9) is not out of the question.