Mon, Jul 2, 11:16am by Staff Writer
Richmond has firmed as Premiership favourite after their 26 point win against Sydney on Thursday night.
The Tigers conceded three of the first four goals of the match, before taking over the match late in the first quarter.
They are $3 at Sportsbet to claim successive flags, after breaking their 37-year drought last season.
The Swans are second favourites at $6, but will be disappointed in their performance, particularly after drawing within 10 points at three quarter time.
The Tigers final quarters have been their trademark this season, and they scored 3.4 to one goal to seal the result in the final stanza.
Port Adelaide continued its recent good form with a 21-point win against Carlton on Saturday.
The Power are now third in flag betting at $8 and $1.42 to finish in the top four.
Carlton bounced back from a horrible performance before the bye against the Dockers and even kept the Power scoreless in the third quarter.
A five goal to two last quarter was enough for Port to see off the bottom-placed Blues who have only won a single game this season. They are $1.40 in the least wins market.
Three sides near the Blues at the bottom of the table all grabbed upset wins in round 15.
The Western Bulldogs were heavy underdogs against Geelong on Friday night, but managed a two-point upset victory.
A Harry Taylor shot after the siren to win the game for Geelong was unsuccessful, with Geelong now sliding to eighth position on the ladder, clinging on to their top eight position by percentage only.
They are $14 to win the flag and $5 to finish in the top four, but only $1.38 to make finals.
The Brisbane Lions used a four goal to nil start against Fremantle to rock the home side, who lost ruckman Aaron Sandilands just before the opening bounce.
The Dockers never got going and were thumped by 55 points, in Brisbane’s most impressive performance of the season.
The Lions are now $3.75 in the least wins market and have shown drastic improvement this season under Chris Fagan, despite being second last on the ladder.
The afternoon was a poor one for the Dockers, who struggled going forward and were porous in defence. They lost Nat Fyfe to a hamstring injury in the second half to compound matters and they suffered their worst loss at Optus Stadium.
St Kilda were 40-point underdogs to defeat Melbourne and managed to hold on for a two-point win in a high-scoring match at the MCG.
Melbourne has now suffered three losses in a row and has fallen from third to seventh on the ladder. They are $15 to win the flag.
Two wins in a row for the Saints has temporarily relieved the pressure on coach Alan Richardson, with the Saints doubling their win total in the past fortnight.
Collingwood’s surge continues as the Pies are now second on the ladder and equal third favourites for the flag at $8.
A 39-point win against the Gold Coast Suns was the latest in a string of impressive performances for Collingwood, who are far and away the most surprising team in the competition this season.
They are $1.60 to finish the season in the top four and are top eight certainties at $1.01.
Adelaide produced a come-from-behind win against West Coast to keep their finals hopes alive.
The Crows trailed by 26 points in the third quarter before an incredible run keyed by captain Taylor Walker.
The Adelaide Oval crowd did their part, as Adelaide used a six-goal final quarter to stun West Coast.
The Crows are $51 flag shots after making last season’s Grand Final. They remain outsiders to play finals at $4.50, with an unlikely top four berth paying $18.
West Coast has now lost three games in a row and are $11 to win the flag. Their grip on the top four is slipping, with Port Adelaide chasing them down. They are now $1.90 to make the top four and are currently in third position on the ladder, but out of form.
Essendon defeated North Melbourne by 17 points on Sunday in one of the most entertaining matches of the season.
The teams traded goals in the first quarter, before the Bombers kicked eight goals in a row to open up a five-goal lead in the third quarter.
North continued to battle, but Essendon proved too strong and are making a surge towards the finals.
The Bombers are $3.50 to make the top eight and $51 to win the flag.
North are just outside the eight in ninth position and are 1.90 to play finals, with a logjam of teams on 32 points all vying for sixth to eighth spot currently.
One of those teams is the GWS Giants who have had a resurgence during the past month. Wayward kicking did not deny them their third win in a row, an 11-point victory against Hawthorn.
GWS are now sixth on the ladder and $1.60 to play finals after a poor start to the season. They are $21 to win the flag at Sportsbet.
Hawthorn are $34 outsiders an $1.85 to play finals, despite being outside the top eight.
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