Round 13 is upon us as the BetDeluxe team preview the AFL’s best of the rest.
With the game of the round already analysed and previewed we look ahead to the rest of the weekend.
Sydney vs. Hawthorn
June 11th 7:50pm
Finals are on the agenda for Sydney heading into the second half of the season as it prepares for a clash against cellar dwellers Hawthorn.
Sydney held on for an important nine-point win over St Kilda last week to hold fort inside the eight, while Hawthorn had the week off following a 37-point loss to Gold Coast.
Tom Hickey continued his impressive 2021 form with 21 touches and 16 hit-outs in the ruck.
It does not get any easier for Hawthorn having lost its last two games at the SCG and another loss looks on the cards here.
A comfortable win for the Swans looks likely as they press their case for a top four spot.
Prediction: Sydney by 26 points
Suggested Bet: Hawthorn +32.5 at $1.90
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Sydney head to head (SGM SPECIAL)
Leg 2: L Franklin 2+ goals
Leg 3: J. Lloyd 25+ disposals
Leg 4: J. Worpel 25+ disposals
Combined odds = $4
Fremantle vs. Gold Coast
June 12th 4:15pm
Matthew Rowell makes his long awaited return from a knee injury when the Gold Coast Suns travel to Perth to take on Fremantle.
Rowell suffered a PCL injury at this very venue three months ago in a loss to West Coast and his inclusion will be a huge plus for the Gold Coast midfield.
Fremantle, meanwhile, come into this game off the back of a 28-point defeat against premiership contender Western Bulldogs.
The Dockers were no match for a superior Bulldogs squad and face another tough test against a Suns team who is up and about after thumping Hawthorn prior to the bye.
Matt Taberner should be available for the game and if he is then it is advantage Fremantle.
Prediction: Fremantle by 4 points
Suggested Bet: Fremantle head to head at $1.93
St Kilda vs. Adelaide
June 12th 7:25pm
St Kilda and Adelaide travel up to Cazaly’s Stadium in Queensland with both teams looking to avenge Round 12 losses.
The Saints looked an improved team, and, if not for goal-kicking woes, may very well have knocked off the Swans.
Adelaide, too, was left disappointed after a slow start cost it victory against Collingwood at Adelaide Oval.
A neutral venue makes this clash a bit tougher to pick but given much more was expected of the Saints this year we will side with them.
They were good between the arcs against a tough Sydney and that should hopefully transfer to this game.
Prediction: St Kilda by 18 points
Suggested Bet: St Kilda -1.5 at $1.91
North Melbourne vs. GWS Giants
June 13th 3:20pm
North Melbourne welcomes GWS to its home away home from at Blundstone Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The bye round would have serve both teams well but more so the Giants whose interrupted preparation against Brisbane was on display in a 10-goal defeat against the Lions.
The Kangaroos pose a threat in Tasmania.
They pushed premiership favourite Melbourne all the way when playing down south and notched up their only win of the year against Hawthorn down in the Apple Isle.
North did defeat the Giants at Giants Stadium last season, so this team is well averse to breaking down a talent laden Giants team.
The line looks enormous value in favour of the Roos here.
Prediction: GWS Giants by 10 points
Suggested Bets: North Melbourne +24.5 at $1.89
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: GWS Giants head to head (SGM SPECIAL)
Leg 2: J. Finlayson 2+ goals
Leg 3: Total points scored under 161.5
Combined odds = $4.20
West Coast vs. Richmond
June 13th 7:20pm
Richmond remain in Perth for a battle against West Coast on Sunday night following a spectacular Dreamtime victory against Essendon.
Despite trailing by three points early in the last quarter, the Tigers produced a finish to pile on seven unanswered goals and in the process runaway with a 39-point win over the Bombers.
West Coast, meanwhile, produced an upset victory over a lacklustre Carlton without the likes of Tim Kelly, Josh Kennedy, Luke Shuey and Oscar Allen.
How many of those players return for this game the Tigers is yet to be known, but the Eagles do look good value in this game at the line.
Cannot remember the last West Coast have been this price at home.
Prediction: West Coast by 3 points
Suggested Bets: West Coast +6.5 at $1.89
Melbourne vs. Collingwood
June 14th 3:20pm
Nathan Buckley will coach his last game for Collingwood in the Queen’s Birthday clash against Melbourne at the SCG on Monday.
Even though the Magpies scored a resounding win against Adelaide last weekend, Buckley tendered his resignation and will look to go out with one last hoorah against premiership favourite Melbourne.
The Demons have been the best team in the competition all year with a formidable 11-1 record at the halfway point of the season and they do not look like slowing down.
Simon Goodwin moved the chess pieces and turned a 20-point half time margin against Brisbane into a 22-point win as his side held firm atop of the AFL ladder.
Collingwood will show fight for its club legend but it will not be enough against this professional Demons team.
Prediction: Melbourne by 41 points.
Suggested Bets: Melbourne -28.5 at $1.90