Geelong v West Coast Eagles
West Coast Eagles +10.5 @ 1.91
The Eagles responded well enough against the Pies after blowing a 33 point-lead against the Saints, getting back on the winners list with a 27 point win against the lowly Pies. This puts them 3-2 on the season with their only other loss coming against the undefeated Bulldogs.
The Cats on the other hand are also 3-2, but their play has been far less impressive on their wins, barely scraping by against the Lions and the Hawks, and struggling to put away the young Roos until late in the second half. Dangerfield being out is once again a huge loss for this team, but Cameron making his debut boosts their forward-line stocks greatly.
Footy is a simple game sometimes. The Eagles have looked like a good team throughout bar a hiccup against the Saints, whilst the Cats have been far from impressive. The only reason I’m not tipping them to win is due to the game being played at GMHBA, the Cats stomping ground, but they should do well enough to keep it close under the line.
Gold Coast Suns v Sydney
Gold Coast Suns to win @ 2.31
The Sydney Swans are currently third on the ladder with a 4-1 record, but the injuries have now piled up, with Franklin, Heeney, Hickey and Rampe all sitting for this clash. Hickey especially is a massive out, with Sydney’s only other available ruckman being Callum Sinclair.
Gold Coast will not be able to take advantage of the ruck situation though as their own ruckman Witts is sidelined with an injury of his own. The Suns have now lost 3 in a row, with two of the games being without a genuine Ruck, but I believe that they will have enough footage to review now to put a plan in place to take advantage of a Sydney team in a similar situation, and although last weeks 62 point thrashing against the Bulldogs was far from promising, they are back on their home deck where they are 1-1 thus far, with the loss being a marginal one in a game that was separated by a sole point at three quarter time against the Blues.
The Swans have seemed impressive, but I think the injuries will be too much for them this week. Gold Coast should win.
Collingwood v Essendon
Essendon to win @ 2.12
The Pies have been decimated by injuries to some of their best players in Adams, De Goey, Elliott and Howe, leaving them with a relatively inexperienced side that showed it’s colours against the Eagles, resulting in a 42-point turnaround after the first quarter in favor of the other team. The Bombers have also been hit with injuries to start the season, with Draper, Hurley, Ridley, Shiel, Caldwell and Stewart all being out , unsurprisingly, they got pummeled at the Gabba against the Lions by 57 points.
This is a tough clash that could go either way, but the Bombers have shown some good signs in 2 of their last 3 games, beating the Saints by 75 points and coming short by 3 points against a Swans team that were undefeated at the time. Collingwood on the other hand, were impressive against the Lions three weeks ago, coming second-best resultant of a match-winning goal for the Lions, however, the last 2 weeks have been less then impressive as their injury list has piled up, losing by 30 to the Giants and to the Eagles last weekend.
This should be a close game, but Essendon have shown signs of being a better team then Collingwood at this stage.