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AFL Round 18 Review: Suns stun the Swans

Mon, Jul 23, 11:17am by Staff Writer

The Gold Coast Suns produced their first ever win against Sydney on the weekend by 24 points, and were the biggest outsiders at $17 to win an AFL match since records were kept in 1995.

The Suns trailed by 29 points at quarter time, but produced a terrific second and third quarters, where they kept the Swans goalless.

Sydney were dire for the majority of the match and recorded their fifth loss at the SCG this season.

The Swans remain in the top four on percentage ahead of Port Adelaide. They are $14 to win the flag and $4 to finish the season in the top four.

The Suns remain in 17th position on the table, three games clear of bottom placed Carlton.

Richmond bounced back from a narrow loss to the Giants last weekend with a 54 point win against St Kilda on Friday night.

The Tigers are $2.60 favourites to win the flag and face the third placed Magpies on Saturday afternoon.

Collingwood were 11-goal winners against North Melbourne on Saturday, using a 13 goal to five first half to blow the Roos away.

It was a costly loss for North, who drop to 10th on the ladder after losing three of their past four matches. They are $151 to win the flag.

Collingwood are third favourites for the flag at $8 and $1.33 to finish the season in the top four.

The GWS Giants continued their resurgence, defeating Port Adelaide by 22 points on Sunday night.

The Giants kicked seven of the first eight goals in the match and were never headed. They are now only two points shy of the top four and are $2.65 to finish the season in the top four.

Their Premiership odds have dropped significantly to $9 this week after being as long as $23 a few weeks ago at Sportsbet.

Port Adelaide missed a golden opportunity to cement their position in the top four and after back-to-back defeats are now in fifth spot.

The Power are $15 to win the flag and $4 to finish in the top four.

Geelong produced a miraculous comeback to defeat Melbourne after the siren at GMHBA Stadium by two points.

It was a much-needed win for the Cats, who remain in touch of the top eight, sitting in ninth position, but 0.8 per cent behind eighth placed Hawthorn.

The Cats are $3.50 to make the top four and $12 to win the flag. They have a favourable draw in the final rounds which includes matches in Geelong against Brisbane, Gold Coast and Fremantle.

Melbourne have now lost two matches to the Cats this season by under a goal, with Saturday’s result placing their top four hopes in jeopardy.

The Dees are $5 to finish in the top four and $15 to win the flag at Sportsbet.

The West Coast Eagles toppled an injury-riddled Western Bulldogs side in Perth on Sunday afternoon by nine goals.

Despite conceding the first two goals of the game, the Eagles were in total control, leading by 35 points at half-time.

They are equal with Richmond on points on the ladder and are second favourites to win the flag at $6.50. Their top four position is virtually assured, priced at $1.03.

Hawthorn remain in the top eight after a 12 goal win against Carlton at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Hawks kept the Blues scoreless in the first quarter and were never threatened, booting seven goals in the final quarter for a percentage-boosting win.

They are $7 to make the top four, $34 to win the flag and $1.70 to play finals.

Essendon kept their finals hopes alive with a 29-point win against Fremantle.

The game was in the balance at three-quarter time when the Bombers led by only a goal, in large part due to their wayward kicking.

The Bombers had 34 scoring shots to 15 and should have won this match by much more. They are $8 to play finals and $101 to win the flag.

Adelaide narrowly defeated Brisbane at the Gabba by five points to remain in touch with the top eight, although they are in 12th position on the ladder.

The Crows are $51 to win the flag and $3.75 to play finals this season.

Sportsbet Markets Premiership Top 8 Top 4
Richmond $2.60 N $1.01
West Coast $6.50 N $1.03
Collingwood $8 N $1.33
GWS $9 $1.10 $2.65
Geelong $12 $1.12 $3.50
Sydney $14 $1.30 $4
Port Adelaide $15 $1.25 $4
Melbourne $15 $1.50 $5
Hawthorn $34 $1.70 $7
Adelaide $51 $3.75 $34
Essendon $101 $8 $101
North Melbourne $151 $5 $101

N denotes no odds available  

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