Mon, Jul 9, 10:58am by Staff Writer
Richmond maintained their scintillating form on the weekend with a 47 point win against Adelaide at the MCG on Friday night.
The Tigers have shortened to $2.75 favourites to win the flag and are one game clear on top of the ladder.
It was another disappointing performance for the Crows, who have fallen mightily since their Grand Final appearance last season.
Adelaide were in the contest until three quarter time, but a six goal to one final term put the result beyond doubt. The Crows are $151 outsiders to win the flag.
Port Adelaide their fifth win in a row with a 36 points win against St Kilda on Saturday night.
The Power are now second favourites to win the flag at $8 and are in fourth position on the ladder. Port are $1.45 to make the top four and are $2.50 to be the top interstate team throughout the finals ahead of Sydney at $2.85.
Port have defeated Richmond this season, one of the Tigers’ three losses, albeit on the road. The big challenge for them will be winning at the MCG in September.
Collingwood’s winning streak continues after they notched their seventh win in a row, defeating Essendon by 16 points on Sunday afternoon.
The Pies are $8.50 to win the flag and are in second position on the ladder. They are $1.50 to finish in the top four, which appears a race between four sides for three positions; Collingwood, West Coast, Port Adelaide and Sydney.
The Bombers promising recent run of form has ended. They are $101 to win the flag and $11 to play finals, two games outside of the top eight.
The Eagles grabbed a much-needed win against GWS in Perth on Sunday, winning by 11 points.
West Coast surrendered the lead in the final quarter in what was a highly entertaining clash at Optus Stadium.
The Eagles are $9 to win the flag and $1.70 to finish in the top four.
The Giants will be disappointed to have let a lead slip in the final quarter, but were without two of their forward stars in Jeremy Cameron and Johnathon Patton, who will be missing for the next three weeks through suspension and injury.
The Giants are 10th on the ladder, two points outside of the top eight and $51 to win the flag at Sportsbet.
Sydney continued their poor form at the SCG this season, losing their fourth match of the season at home, this time against Geelong by two goals.
The Swans are $9 to win the flag and $1.90 to finish in the top four, despite being a game outside the top four.
The result was a pivotal one for the Cats, who remain in the top eight, with a trip to the Adelaide Oval against the Crows awaiting them this week.
Hawthorn used an explosive second half to runaway with a 63 point win against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.
The Dogs led at half time by two points, but as has been the case in many of their games this season, their second half has been atrocious.
They conceded 12 goals to two in the second half and were soundly beaten. The win nudged Hawthorn into the top eight on percentage, with the Hawks $23 to win the flag.
They are $1.45 to make the top eight despite being only 2.1 per cent ahead of North Melbourne who are chasing them in ninth position.
The Kangaroos were 37-point winners against Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon in a scrappy match at Etihad Stadium.
North never looked like losing, but may come to lament not kicking a bigger score on the Suns. The Kangaroos are $1.80 to finish in the top eight and $51 to win the flag.
Gold Coast has now lost 10 matches in a row and is languishing in 17th position on the table.
They are $5.50 in the least wins market behind Carlton who are the short-priced favourites at $1.18.
The Suns are two games ahead of the Blues, who have registered only one win this season.
Carlton were humbled on Saturday afternoon by the Lions who were big 65 point winners at the Gabba.
The home side used a strong second half to break open the contest, with 10 goals to five setting up the victory.
It was another alarming loss for the Blues, who seem unlikely to win another match this season.
Melbourne kept their slim top four hopes alive with a 54-point win against Fremantle in Darwin.
The final margin could have been considerably bigger had the Demons kicked accurately. 13 goals and 24 behinds spared the Dockers a 15-goal loss in all likelihood.
Melbourne are $13 to win the flag and $1.27 to play finals. They are $4.50 outsiders to finish in the top four.
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