AFL Round 16: Port Adelaide v St Kilda Betting Preview – Sunday 10 July, 2011. When and Where: 2.40pm at AAMI Stadium
Port Adelaide – 12
St Kilda – 9
Draws – 0
St Kilda 23.13 (151) defeated Port Adelaide 8.9 (57), Round 19, 2010 at Etihad Stadium
Port Adelaide – WLLLL
St Kilda – LWLBW
Port Adelaide – 16th (2-12)
St Kilda – 12th (5-1-7)
Jackson Trengove has been one of the few highlights for Port Adelaide this season. After playing predominantly as a back-up ruckman in his first season in 2010, the 20-year-old has settled beautifully into the centre half-back position in 2011. Not only has Trengove been keeping his opponents reasonably quiet, he’s also looked to give plenty of drive from the defensive 50. He’s averaging 15 disposals and five marks this season, a solid increase from last season. With Alipate Carlile out with an injury, expect Trengove to be presented with his biggest challenge to date – Nick Riewoldt.
Stephen Milne signed a one-year contract extension during the week, which means he’ll remain a St Kilda player until the end of 2012. It means the 31-year-old will end his career with the Saints, most likely with the record of 250 games and 500 goals. Statistically, Milne has been a little down compared to previous seasons, averaging slightly less goals, marks, goals and tackles in 2011. However the Saints are starting to make a comeback, meaning the ball will be down in the forward line more often than not. Expect Milne to have a major impact.
IN – Mitch Banner, Chad Cornes and Cameron Hitchcock
OUT – Justin Westhoff (Toe), Andrew Moore (Groin) and Simon Phillips (Shoulder)
This one is likely to be a scrap fest and the travelling team must leave South Australia with a victory – no excuses.
Port Adelaide blew a major opportunity last weekend when it went down to Brisbane at the Gabba. The Power led at half-time, but went to sleep in the second half and allowed the Lions back into the game. However Jay Schulz’s seven-goal haul would’ve given Power fans something to smile about, while Hamish Hartlett and Trengove continued to show good development. But the challenge for this club is to keep the current playing group together. With its CEO resigning and leaving the club in massive debt, players might be looking elsewhere for opportunities.
Despite a scoreless final term, St Kilda held on for a tight victory over North Melbourne last weekend. Not too many teams win games of footy by kicking 12 goals at Etihad Stadium, so the Saints were a tad lucky to escape with four points. However it was good to see skipper Nick Riewoldt return to form. He kicked three consecutive goals in the second term, took some great overhead marks and won a lot more footy inside forward 50. Brendon Goddard’s work rate was also excellent and Ben McEvoy improves with every game he plays.
It will be great exposure for Port Adelaide on Sunday, with this game being televised live on Channel 7. It’s a pity it won’t be a memorable day. Expect the Saints’ star-studded midfield to win plenty of the footy and the entire team to kick a score too large for the Power to contain.
St Kilda by 1-39 ($2.25 – Sportingbet)
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First Goal Scorer – Stephen Milne on Sportingbet