Mon, Jun 25, 9:25am by Staff Writer
Round 14 of the 2018 AFL season produced a monumental upset, with the Bombers defeating the West Coast Eagles in Perth on Thursday night.
As $4.20 outsiders, the Bombers bucked a trend of seven consecutive losses in Perth by defeating the Eagles by 28 points at Optus Stadium.
The Eagles have now lost consecutive games, but remain in the top four in third position. They are now $6.50 to win the flag.
The Bombers used an eight goal to one first half against a West Coast side that struggled without Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling up forward.
Essendon are now $67 to win the flag, after being as long as $101 a week ago.
North Melbourne were pushed all the way by the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night in one of the closest matches of the season.
A late Jack Ziebell goal clinched victory for North, who sit inside the top eight with a narrow percentage advantage compared to the ninth placed Hawks.
North are $41 to win the flag at Sportsbet and will be in a battle until the final rounds to assure their finals position, despite a terrific season thus far.
The Dogs continue to struggle in the second half of matches, surrendering a three goal half-time lead on Saturday night
They are out of finals contention and a $1001 shot of winning the Grand Final.
Port Adelaide continued their winning streak which has now extended to three matches after a narrow 10-point win against the Demons on Friday night.
The Power are now fourth favourites for the flag at $9, with the Demons at $11.
Melbourne had the ascendency in that match for the most part, but were undone by a goalless final quarter. Port Adelaide’s ferocious home crowd proved an edge for them, as they are just one game outside the top four.
The GWS Giants have also won three consecutive matches after a 27-point win against the Lions at the Gabba.
A Jeremy Cameron indiscretion early in the match against defender Harris Andrews will be sure to come under scrutiny. The Giants forward may be headed for the sidelines for a number of weeks once the match review committee determines the severity of the collision on Monday.
Nonetheless the Giants are just two points outside the top eight and are $21 to win the flag.
Brisbane has only a solitary win this season and sit in 17th position on the ladder.
Gold Coast started wonderfully against Hawthorn in Launceston on Saturday afternoon, but failed to score a goal in the second and third quarters to lose by 53 points.
The Hawks were relentless after quarter time and maintained their near-impeccable record at the University of Tasmania Stadium.
That win was a crucial one for the Hawks, who are just outside the top eight in ninth position. They are $26 to win the flag. The Suns are struggling massively after winning two of their first three games of the season. They are in 15th position, with only one win in 10 games.
Old rivals Collingwood and Carlton met once against the MCG on Sunday, in a match which ended much closer than most expected.
The Pies were 20 point winners, but the Blues were close enough all game to mount a challenge.
Collingwood are now in the top four and have seen their odds to win the flag dropped markedly to $10 this week. They are now fifth favourites and winners of six games in a row.
Carlton remains at the bottom of the ladder, with only a single win this season.
Flag favourites Richmond had the bye this week and are $3.75 to win back-to-back Premierships. They meet Sydney at Etihad Stadium on Thursday night in a top of the table clash, with the Swans second favourites at $5.50.
*Odds at Sportsbet
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