Fri, May 11, 11:50am by Staff Writer
Two matches conclude round 8 of the 2018 AFL season on Sunday, with the Kangaroos hosting the Tigers and Collingwood taking on Geelong at the MCG.
North Melbourne versus Richmond
Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 1.10pm AEST at Etihad Stadium
North Melbourne provided one of the upsets of the season last week when they downed the Swans at the SCG by two points in a low-scoring match.
The Roos were $4.25 outsiders but showed tremendous resolve late to hold out the Swans, who struggled without a recognised tall forward in their lineup.
North Melbourne face another tough task this weekend when they host Richmond at Etihad Stadium.
The Tigers remain Premiership favourites after dispatching Fremantle by 77 points last week.
They are $1.26 favourites to defeat North and remain at the top of the ladder, with the Kangaroos at $4.
North Melbourne welcome back Jarrad Waite and Majak Daw into an extended squad, while the Tigers have lost Dion Prestia to injury, but regain the services of captain Trent Cotchin and Brandon Ellis.
These two sides met last year at Etihad Stadium and it was a wayward kicking Richmond side that won that match by 35 points.
North have been a surprising team this season, already winning four games and earning a spot in the top four.
Last weekend was their biggest win of the season and after such a performance, they might struggle to back up and manage the ferocity of the Tigers ball pressure and speed of ball movement.
North didn’t handle that style of play well against Port Adelaide a fortnight ago, and young teams can produce inconsistent performances.
It is hard to turn away from backing the Tigers at the moment, as they are covering every line given to them.
Best bet- Richmond to cover 26.5-point handicap at $1.90
Collingwood versus Geelong
Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 3.20pm AEST at the MCG
Collingwood kept Brisbane winless last weekend with a last gasp seven point victory at the Gabba in a high-scoring match.
The Cats got back in the winners circle with a 10-goal win against a poor GWS Giants side.
On Sunday the Pies will start as $2.30 outsiders against the Cats who are $1.64 favourites.
Collingwood has named captain Scott Pendlebury despite suffering an ankle injury at the Gabba last weekend.
Geelong has lost Tom Hawkins to suspension, but has named Harry Taylor and Gary Ablett among others for the clash.
Collingwood has enjoyed good recent success against the Cats, winning three of their past four encounters and losing last year’s contest narrowly by 11 points.
The Pies have been in excellent form recently, pushing Richmond for three quarters before fading away badly in the final stanza.
Geelong have been sporadic this season, as was shown in their recent loss to the Swans where they held a 22-point lead at three quarter time and lost by nearly three goals.
The Pies are being given a 9.5-point start, which is worth considering, but we think they can win outright on Sunday and continue their good start to the season.
Best bet- Collingwood Big Win Little Win 1-39 at $2.88
AFL Sunday Odds – Sportsbet
North Melbourne $4 v Richmond $1.26
Collingwood $2.30 v Geelong $1.64
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