Round 9 of the 2017 AFL season is the first round of byes with Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast both getting the week off after playing in China last weekend. Well, Port Adelaide played…the Suns kind of just ran around the field for a few hours.
There are some quality match ups this week, some games that look likely to be blowouts, and some real danger games for punters! Read on to find out what we like for round 9 of the 2017 AFL season!
Below are our early picks prior to team announcements on Thursday night. Some games we’ll prefer to take the early odds and some games we’ll wait and see final lineups before placing a bet. Check back on Thursday night for any updates to our tips.
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Geelong ($2.13) v Western Bulldogs($1.72)
On paper, this has the makings of a great game but that will depend whether or not Geelong show up for the challenge – we can be sure the Bulldogs will be at their competitive best!
After winning their first five games, the Cats have now lost three straight and are in real danger of making it four in a row here. They need to lift.
The Bulldogs won a close one against the Eagles in Perth last Friday night and will be easy winners this week if we don’t see a considerable improvement from the Cats.
We think this will be a close one and we probably won’t have a bet on this one, but if you want to have a small play, the tri bet for either team to win by less than 15.5 looks to be a good pick at $2.40.
Western Bulldogs by 5.
St Kilda ($1.74) v Sydney ($2.10)
I don’t understand the odds here. The Saints deserve to be much bigger favourites!
St Kilda have been in great form and didn’t win by as much as they would’ve liked to last week, but will rise to the level of opponent who shows up on the day. With Sydney, the quality that turns up on the day is the mystery.
Sydney have now won two in a row but their consistency is still the question. The Swans will need to be at their absolute best to beat the Saints, and we’ll take the Saints every day at these odds.
St Kilda by 22.
Greater Western Sydney ($1.19) v Richmond ($4.75)
GWS were saved by a late Stevie J goal last week against the Pies and will want to put in a better performance this week.
Richmond are in the same position as Geelong; they won their first five matches and then went on to lose the next three. Things get no easier for them this week and they are facing a tough ask to get back on the winners list.
We’ll pick GWS to have a comfortable win.
GWS by 36.
Brisbane ($8.50) v Adelaide ($1.07)
Adelaide have no lost two in a row and will want to make a statement this week against the Lions at the Gabba.
If you’re a Lions fan, you probably won’t want to watch this one – it’ll be a massacre.
The Lions are likely to get captain Dayne Beams back this week but will lose Tom Rockliff following a shoulder dislocation last week.
A big, big win to Adelaide here.
Adelaide by 100+.
Collingwood ($1.54) v Hawthorn ($2.50)
Collingwood put in a great effort last week against GWS only to lose the lead in the final minute of the game.
The Hawks beat the Lions in Tasmania last week but the win came at a huge cost with several star players looking at lengthy spells on the sideline. One of those is Cyril Rioli who is likely to be out for the next 12 weeks with a knee injury.
We think Collingwood will win this one fairly easily and lead from start to finish.
Collingwood by 42.
Essendon ($2.45) v West Coast ($1.55)
The Bombers were excellent last weekend against Geelong and the week off seemed to really refresh Jobe Watson.
West Coast had plenty of chances to put away the Bulldogs last week but Josh Kennedy’s radar was well off target. He should line up against Michael Hurley who is in red-hot form for the Bombers. Will this be the 2017 All-Australian full back against the 2017 All-Australian full forward?
We’re this to be a good game but are leaning towards the Bombers with the Eagles recent history in Melbourne not great.
Essendon by 8.
Melbourne ($1.46) v North Melbourne ($2.72)
The Demons caused one of the upsets of the round last week in knocking off Adelaide in Adelaide.
North Melbourne probably put in their worst performance of the year last week and were no match for the Swans.
The Demons will be without Hogan and North is likely to bring former captain Andrew Swallow back into the side.
We think these two teams will be fighting out a close game but will have to give the edge to the Demons.
Melbourne by 18.
Fremantle ($1.29) v Carlton ($3.70)
Fremantle came away with an after-the-siren victory against the Tigers last week and are facing an easier opposition here.
Carlton have been putting in solid performances this year without getting many wins on the board. The trip to Perth will be tough for them this week.
We’ll Fremantle to continue their winning streak at home and have a comfortable win over the Blues.
Fremantle by 38.
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