Round 11 of the AFL offers a fantastic a great three-game slate that we’ll look to take advantage of. The three games on the card include a trip to china, as well as the MCG and the new Optus Stadium.
We’ll be focusing on the Sunday slate today but you can head to our AFL Tips Page for the rest of our Round 11 coverage.
The Saints puts a stop to their four-game losing streak with a 68-55 win over the Blues in Round 10. It was a much-needed win for many ways for the Saints who are now 5-5 on the season and still have a hope of playing finals. Jade Gresham (29 disposals) found a lot of the ball, as did Jack Steele (29 disposals, 10 tackles), while Josh Bruce, Tim Membrey, and Matthew Parker kicked two goals each.
Port Adelaide continued their up-and-down season with a lacklustre 31-point loss to the Hawks in Tasmania. It took the Power until halfway through the second quarter to register their first major, and while they were able to get on a bit of a roll after that, the game was effectively already over. Tom Rockliff (25 disposals) was injured in the third quarter and will miss the clash with the Saints, making way for Ryan Burton to return to the senior side.
Both teams are lacking winning form of late and will likely be enjoying their time away from the country. In saying that, we believe the Saints will be the more confident of the two sides after snapping their losing streak last week and should be good enough to get the chocolates against an injury-depleted Power outfit.
The Bombers have been one of the more disappointing teams this season. It took them until three quarter time last weekend against the Tigers to show any sort of required intensity, although they had just two goals at that point and the game was already won. That’s now four losses from their last five games, which has them sitting in 12thspot on the ladder with a 4-6 record.
The Blues showed a much greater effort against the Saints in Round 10 than they did in their abysmal loss to the Giants in Round 9. They were in the much right up until the final siren, but eventually lost by 13 points to take their losing streak to five matches and their win/loss record to 1/9 on the season. Coach Brendan Bolton must surely be feeling the heat at the moment and will have his team fired up for a winnable game against the Bombers on Sunday.
Both teams will see this as a match they have a great chance of winning and rightly so when you look at their poor form. The Bombers will go in as near three-goal favourites, such has been the Blues inability to win games. We expect it to be a fairly tight match with the Bombers superior quality just getting them over the line.
The Eagles showed great fight against the Crows in Adelaide last weekend, coming from four goals down at half time to win by 12 points. It was the usual suspects getting it done for the Eagles with Andrew Gaff (33 disposals), Luke Shuey (33 disposals, 10 tackles) and Dom Sheed (31 disposals) all finding plenty of the ball in midfield, while Jamie Cripps, Josh J Kennedy and Jack Darling kicked three goals each. That win takes the Eagles to fourth spot on the ladder at 7-3, despite having a percentage of just 101.6.
The Bulldogs weren’t able to withstand North Melbourne’s emotion-fuelled intensity last weekend as they went down by 25 points despite being heavy favourites. It was a disappointing showing for a Dogs outfit that had played a month of really solid footy coming in. They’re now 4-6 on the season and will travel west for one of the hardest tasks in footy.
The Eagles have managed to tick over the win column despite playing at a level far below their best this season. On the other hand, the Bulldogs have been playing some decent footy without getting the desired results. We see this match being another example of where both teams are at, with the Eagles winning in a close one.
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