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Round 1 Footy Tips
Collingwood (2.12) v Fremantle (1.72)
Freo will be a force not to be taken lightly after the Grand Final loss last September. They are a solid unit and work very will as a team. I expect them to be ready to go and get the jump on Collingwood in the first quarter which in turn will set them up for the win.
Collingwood on the other hand has recruited some new blood that will need a few games under their belts before they make a difference.
GWS (11.00) v Sydney (1.04)
This match is a no brainer. Although GWS have shown some improvements over the preseason competition they will struggle with the likes of Buddy and Tippet up forward who will kick a more than winning score.
Carlton (1.62) v Port Adelaide (2.30)
Tip: Port Adelaide
Don’t discount Port Adelaide in this match. I don’t think Sportsbet have the odds right here with 2.30 for Port. They surprised everyone including the CEO David Koch last year and they have the potential to do so again this year.
My prediction is Port will upset Carlton by around 21 points.
The Cats generally start off seasons well and they will again in 2014. Their list is nearly unchanged from 2013 and have preformed well in the NAB games.
Adelaide will have the their assistant coach Dean Bailey to play for after he lost his battle with lung cancer earlier this week.
North Melbourne (1.72) v Essendon (2.12)
Tip: North Melbourne
Essendon have been rocked again by the supplements saga with the list of players who are involved being released. This has disrubted Essendons lead in to round 1 and will be playing on their minds.
North will be ready to pounce and get off to a handy early lead before Essendon settle where I predict the final margin will be under 18 points.
Hawthorn (1.08) v Brisbane (7.50)
The Hawks look even stronger this year and will easily account for Brisbane at home. I think the days of the Grand Final hangover are finished and Hawthorn will be eager to run out and continue in their winning ways.
I’m tipping the Hawks to keep the foot down and notch up a massive win over the Lions by over 39 points.
St Kilda (2.45) v Melbourne (1.55)
This could be the year for Melbourne where they will have more positive headlines than negative. The Dee’s won’t make the top 8 this year but I think their supporter will be content with the season.
Melbourne will be happy they have come up against St Kilda in round 1. They will take the 4 points kick starting their year. They will also be playing for their former coach Dean Bailey.
The Saints have had a flush out after a dismal 2013 and gone with youth which could see them bottom out in 2014.
My prediction is Melbourne to win by 30 points.
West Coast (1.30) v Bulldogs (3.50)
Tip: West Coast
It will be a hard ask for the Bulldogs over in WA against a solid side in West Coast. I’m tipping the Eagles to easily win leaving the Bulldogs wondering what the year holds for them.
at the odds of $1.30 at Sportsbet it might be worth loading up on the Eagles. On paper the Eagles are a much better side and playing at home gives them the tick even before the bounce.