Round 12 of the 2019 AFL Premiership Season is the first of the bye rounds, meaning there will be just a three-game slate on Saturday. That said, the three games on the card all have the potential to be close contests.
We’ll be focusing on the Saturday slate today but you can head to our AFL Tips Page for the rest of our Round 12 coverage.
First up we look at the early game that features Carlton hosting Brisbane at Marvel Stadium. It’s been an emotional week for the Blues with the sacking of coach Brendan Bolton, which leaves caretaker coach David Teague in charge for the remainder of the season. It’s a tough blow for Bolton, but just four wins from the Blues last 43 games simply doesn’t cut it.
Things are looking a lot better up in Brisbane. They come into this clash off an impressive come from behind win against the Hawks in Round 11, which made it four wins from their last six games and takes them up to fifth spot on the ladder. The Lions will be looking to take their impressive home form onto the road, which they’ve struggled to do so far this season with just two wins from five away fixtures.
Not the sexiest of games to kick us off on AFL Saturday, although it’s a game in which holds great importance for the Lions. They’ve been good to start the season with a 7-4 record but if they’re serious about being a great team, then they need to punish teams in turmoil like the Blues. We believe they win this quite comfortably.
Second up on Saturday we head over to Metricon Stadium where the Suns will play host to the Kangaroos. The Suns had a great start to the season with three wins from their first four games but have really slowed up of late and find themselves down the bottom part of the ladder with seven losses on the spin. Last week they were competitive against the Giants in the first quarter but after that it was all one-way traffic in what turned into an 83-point loss.
North Melbourne reacted really well to the sacking of Brad Scott, pulling off a surprise 37-point win over the Tigers last Friday night. It was a dominant performance from the Kangaroos from start to finish and would’ve instilled a lot of confidence in caretaker coach Rhys Shaw. They now face another test this week, that is backing up a great performance against a good team with a great performance against a lesser team in the Suns.
The Suns may have a poor 3-8 record as it stands, but that could easily be 5-6 had they reversed the result in both of their one-point losses this season. Now at home against a poor North Melbourne outfit that’s coming off two emotional performances, we see this as a real opportunity for the Suns to break their losing streak and score an underdog victory.
The lone Saturday night game in Round 12 will see the Crows host the Giants at Adelaide Oval. The Crows can consider themselves EXTREMELY lucky to have won against the Demons last weekend. They were the second-best side for much of the contest but were able to take advantage of a Demons side that’s low on confidence and was unable to convert their opportunities. That win by the Crows keeps them right in the finals hunt with a 6-5 record on the season.
The Giants continue to remind us that they’re worthy of being labelled a genuine contender, putting together strong performance after strong performance. As mentioned above, they had their way with the Suns after quarter time last weekend, cruising to an 83-point victory at home. It wasn’t all good news for the Giants however, with Lachie Whitfield set to miss at least a month after picking up an injury in the win. The Giants continue to climb the AFL ladder, now finding themselves in second spot with an 8-3 record.
The Giants come into this game as favourites and rightly so when you consider their form this season. However, the Crows are a much better side when playing in front of their fans at Adelaide Oval and will be sure to dish up a better effort than what we saw from them against the Demons last weekend. We expect them to clinch an important win against the injury-depleted Giants.
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