Richmond Tigers v Western Bulldogs
Richmond to win by 1-39 @ 2.80
The Bulldogs are on a roll, and have been dominating as of late, with all of their key players firing, including the Bont who is one of the front runners for the Brownlow thus far, and Treloar who has gathered at least 25 disposals in his last 5 games. Although, this will be their biggest test by far, as 4 of their 6 wins have come against Collingwood, North Melbourne, Gold Coast and the Giants, teams which are all out of the top 8, with 3 of them being in the bottom 5.
It is obvious why the Tigers are underdogs in this matchup, as they will go up against a 6-0 Bulldogs team that has been on fire, they will be missing Dusty, and they have lost 4 of their last 5, with two of those losses occurring at the MCG, a ground that was considered a huge strength for Richmond not too long ago. However, parallels can be found with last season, in which they went 0-1-2 after the lockdown was lifted, and similarly with 2019 where they started off 4-3. In both of those seasons, they ended up getting it together and finishing in the top 3 come season end. Hardwick’s tigers are a champion team based off of their system, and I think that if the Bulldogs are slightly off, the Tigers might just justify the juicy odds on offer.
Sydney Swans v Geelong Cats
Geelong Cats – HT/FT Double @ 1.80
After a lackluster start to the season by the Cats, in which they barely scraped by against opposition or dropped games against worser opponents, they seemed to be back to their best over the weekend, knocking off the Eagles by a whopping 97 points, taking their win tally to 4-2, and taking their record over the last 5 games to 4-1.
The Swans on the other hand, started off the season on fire going 4-0, but a few injuries later to the likes of Hickey, Rampe, Franklin, Hewett, McCartin and Blakey has been part of the reason why they have now lost two in a row, and with the latest injury to Sam Reid, their young guns need to be at the top of their game to be able to take out a Geelong side that would be flying after last week.
The Swans should be competitive on their home ground, but the Cats should just simply be too good, and should lead at the main two breaks.
West Coast Eagles v Fremantle Dockers
West Coast Eagles to win @ 1.67
The derby will take place on the last game of the round, and with one team coming into this round off the back of a 97 point loss, and the other off of a 51 point win, it proves for an interesting matchup.
The Eagles should regain a couple of huge players for this clash in Hurn and Kennedy, with McGovern also a smaller chance to play. They will have undoubtedly reviewed the mauling caused by Geelong in which they kicked only 5 goals, a small score-line even by 2020 standards.
The Dockers have now won their last 3, and look to have improved on last season, with young guns in Ryan, Brayshaw and Cerra (who will miss this week) impressing, and older veterans in Mundy and Fyfe also having wonderful seasons.
This will be a good test for the Dockers to see where they are at, but they are not quite yet at the level of the Eagles, and I expect them to bounce back after last weeks performance.