The Magpies will square off against the Saints on Sunday afternoon in Round 16 as both teams look to gain some momentum heading into the final few months of the season. Check out our full preview and betting tips for the clash below and remember to head to our AFL Tips page for regular footy articles.
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The Saints have some renewed life in the 2021 AFL season after a strong win against the Tigers last week and can now put themselves right in the mix for the top eight with a win on Sunday afternoon.
The Saints welcomed back some key players from injury last week against the Tigers and the additions paid immediate dividend. Their high pressure game style looked back to it’s best as they kept the Tigers to just two total games in the match, securing a 40 point win that could be the turning point of their season.
The Saints midfield trio of Jack Steele, Luke Dunstan and Brad Crouch were fantastic in the win, particularly in the pressure game as they laid 17 tackles between them and 82 disposals.
The Tigers started the Robert Harvey reign with a disappointing performance against the Dockers. They were favourites at home but went down by 12 points in a hotly contested battle.
Taylor Adams returned to the Pies line-up and was their best player, racking up 32 touches but he just didn’t have enough help, particularly in defence as the Pies allowed Fremantle their highest score since a win over North Melbourne all the way back in Round 6.
The Pies are still battling some injuries to key players in the likes of Darcy Moore and Jeremy Howe, but they will get Jordan De Goey back from injury this week, which will give their midfield and forward line a much needed boost.
The bookies have opened this one as a pick’em, which seems about right given how up and down the Saints form has been this season. There is one factor that has been the catalyst to their limited success this year though, and that has been when they have had the dual ruck combo of Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall available.
Without doubt the Saints best performances of the year have all come when Marshall has been in the side including four wins over West Coast, Hawthorn, Gold Coast and Richmond as well as a narrow, hard fought loss to the Cats. Brodie Grundy will have his hands full with the ruck du on Sunday, and with a revitalised hunger to make the top eight, I think the Saints come out fired up here.
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Luke Dunstan has been in fantastic form since he fought his way into the Saints senior side a few weeks ago. In the last four weeks, Dunstan has racked up numbers of 26, 25, 26 and 32 disposals, is great value to clear the 25 mark again on Sunday.
Dunstan’s H2H matchup will likely be Taylor Adams, who was great on the weekend in his return to footy from injury, racking up 32 touches. Has played six games this season and outside the game where he got injured, he has averaged 27.0 touches per game.
Tim Membrey went goalless against the Tigers, his first goalless game in five weeks. He has booted 18 goals this season and has kicked at least 1 in 10/13 games.
Luke Dunstan 25+ Disp.
Taylor Adams 25+ Disp.
Tim Membrey 1+ Goal
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