Carlton v Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide by 1-39 @ 2.26
The Blues have done well to get back to 2-2 after losing their first two games of the season, with impressive wins over the Dockers and the Suns, but face a different beast against a Port outfit that beat the reigning premiers last weekend, and only dropping a game thus far against the Eagles in Perth.
This will be the first time Port Adelaide will suit up at the MCG since round 18 2019, whilst Carlton have played 3 of their last 4 there, justifying the juicy odds on offer for Power, but I don’t think it should pose much of a problem for last years preliminary finalists Losing the young duo of Butters and Duursma certainly doesn’t help, but Carlton have a few injury woes of their own, and I just can’t see the Blues pulling out a win, albeit, I see them keeping it competitive, which is why I have selected the Power to win by less then 40.
Adelaide v Fremantle
Adelaide to win @ 1.73
Noone expected Adelaide to be 3-1 by Round 4 at the start of the season, but then again, no one expected Taylor Walker to be leading the Coleman with 20 goals, next best being Josh Bruce with 15. They have looked impressive thus far, with the rule changes seeming to have suited their game-style.
They come up against a Dockers outfit that has just been okay, hanging on by 15 points against the Hawks on their home deck following a 45 point shellacking at the hands of the Blues at the G, admittedly without Fyfe, but a less then ideal result nonetheless. Sloane has started on fire and will be a huge out for the Crows, but their young brigade including Keays, Sholl and Berry should step up in his absence. The current price on offer is simply too high, considering that the game will be played at the Adelaide Oval.
Hawthorn v Melbourne
Melbourne -24.5 @ 1.68
The Dees seem to have regained their 2018 form which took them to a preliminary final, starting the season 4-0 against solid opposition. Petracca is heading into this matchup off the back of one of the best games of his career, with 36 disposals, 9 clearances and 2 goals. Oliver has also started the season on fire, collecting 34 or more disposals in 3 of his last 4 games. Ben Brown also made a successful return to their VFL side last weekend, so a surprise debut may be on the cards soon for the prolific forward.
They seem to be firing on all cylinders to start, and they should comfortably cover the line against a Hawthorn team that should arguably be 0-4.