Round 13 of season 2011 promises to be a rippa with a few big matchups. For all your footy tips, predictions, match previews and latest odds read on.
Round thirteen kicks off Friday night at Etihad Stadium in a must win match for the Bulldogs & Crows. Match of the round for me has got to be St Kilda taking on Geelong Saturday night at the MCG in a game where the cats can pull 2 games clear on top of the ladder as Colingwood has the bye.
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Western Bulldogs V Adelaide Friday night at Etihad Stadium
Both team have been playing poorly this season but I think it is now or never for the Dogs. They could welcome back up to 5 first 22 players with Hall, Lake, Cooney, Gilbee & Moles all pushing for selection.
The Crows have been the most disappointing team in the competition over the last month and will be hurt by the loss of Kurt Tippet. With fellow tall forward Taylor Walker already missing this will leave a lot of responsibility on the Crows small forwards.
In what could turn into a shootout I expect the Dogs to get the better of the Crows easily.
Tip: Dogs by 52 points
A good bet in this game could be to put a few dollars on the Dogs to be up by 25-36 at halftime which is paying 5.60
Hawthorn V Gold Coast Saturday at Aurora Stadium
The Hawks were pretty good last week against the Cats but could not post a single score in the last quarter and got overrun by the Cats. Jarryd Roughead is a huge loss for the Hawks but I don’t see that being much of a factor in this game at least.
If Gold Coast want to be in the game they can not let the Hawks get away to a fast start like they have with West Coast & the Kangaroos over the past 2 weeks. The Suns have shown they can match it with teams at time but need to be more consistent.
Expect Campbell Brown to get a lot of attention from his ex teammates and expect him to hand out a lot back. Hawks easily will win the game though.
Tip: Hawks by 78 points
Expect the Hawks to get on the board with the first goal quite early. Between 1.01 and 2.00 minutes I think, thats paying $4.25 at Sportsbet
Essendon V North Melbourne Saturday at Etihad Stadium
This has the potential to be a great match with the Bombers fighting to keep their spot in the 8 and the Kangaroos pushing to keep their finals hopes alive.
After a great start to the season the Bombers have been flat over the last month and James Hird has had enough and will swing the axe at selection this week. Possible inclusions are Stanton, Lonergan, Hocking, Reimers & Prismall.
The Kangaroos have been great over the past 2 weeks making sure Boomer Harvey celebrated his milestone games in style. The form of Daniel Wells has been All Australian like, the Bombers will need to stop the Roos midfield to win this game.
Tip: Bombers by 9 points
I think North will start fast but Essendon will keep them at bay after quarter time. The combination of Roos/Bombers/Bombers/Bombers leading at the changes is paying $10.00 and is worth looking at.
Brisbane V Richmond Saturday night at the Gabba
Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown conceded this week that the 2011 season was gone and the Lions will now be looking to 2012. This gives them a good chance to get some experience in younger players but will give opposing sides a distinct advantage.
Richmond should be able to take advantage of this and get the win at the Gabba. Jack Riewoldt is ready to kick a bag and go back on top of the Coleman Medal list ahead of Buddy Franklin.
Tip: Tigers by 42 points
Richmond by 40-59 points is paying $7.60 and is worth a look at if you have a few spare dollars.
St Kilda V Geelong Saturday night at the MCG
St Kilda could be starting to get a little bit of momentum up but find themselves up against the ladder leading Cats. The Saints will need all their stars to stand up and play huge games if they are to be a chance. Leigh Montagna should be ok to go for the Saints after a few weeks on the sidelines and will boost their midfield.
Geelong just keep finding a way to win, down 3 goals last week at 3 qtr time they took their game to another level against the Hawks and got the win in a tight game. I can’t see myself tipping against the Cats until they lose a game.
Tip: Cats by 22 points
First scoring play I think could be a Geelong goal to get them away early, $3.00 is a good payout for this.
Melbourne V Fremantle Sunday at the MCG
Both teams will be desperate for a win to prove they are Finals contenders. Melbourne were poor on the big stage against the Pies last week but will look to welcome back Marric, Dunn and Pettard for this clash.
Fremantles injury riddles year hit another hurdle last week as star on baller David Mundy went down and goal sneak Hayden Ballantyne pulling a hamstring. Fremantle should welcome back 2010 star recruit Michael Barlow for his first game for the Dockers since breaking his leg last year.
Freo have trouble winning at the MCG and I suggest this trend might continue against the Dees
Tip: Melbourne by 14 points
The Demons between 1 and 19 could be worth looking at paying $4.20
Carlton V Sydney Sunday at Etihad Stadium
Carlton are one of the hottest teams in the comp at the minute and I can’t see them dropping this one as they look to consolidate a top four spot. Judd and Murphy are both in Brownlow Medal winning form but it is the play of their small forwards that stands out to me as to why they have been so good this season.
Sydney need to win against a top 8 side to prove they belong in September and with a match against the Pies next week they have a tough few weeks ahead. John Longmire will be looking to senior stars Goodes, Bolton & O’Keefe to lead by example to give them a chance against Carlton but I can’t see them being able to get over the line.
Tip: Blues by 28 points
I expect the flood gates to open up after halftime with the Blues putting away the Swans in the third quarter. This is why I will be putting $10 on the 3rd quarter being the highest scoring of the game at $3.50
West Coast V Port Adelaide Sunday at Patersons Stadium
The Eagles keep going from strength to strength and will dominate the Power in Perth. LeCras was superb against Adelaide last week, Cox his dominant self and Glass reliable down back. Josh Kennedy could be in for another big haul against a week Port defence.
Coming off the bye is tough for the top teams let alone the bottom teams, throw in a trip to Perth against the in form Eagles and the Power have a very difficult task this week to try to snare the 4 points. They will welcome back captain Dom Cassisi but I can’t see them being too much trouble for West Coast.
Tip: Eagles by 48 points
West Coast to be leading by 25-36 at the halftime paying $4.70 stood out to me in this match