It’s do or die for the Saints, who face off against Syndey from Marvel Stadium on Saturday night. Can they keep their season alive? PuntingInDanger has his best bet and same game multi for the calsh below.
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AFL St Kilda vs Sydney Betting Tips
Marvel Stadium, Saturday 7th August, 7.40pm (AEST)
What a golden opportunity the Saints had to force their way into the top eight after three straight wins over the Tigers, Magpies and Lions. They have followed it up with three disappointing losses to the Power, Eagles and Blues over the last three weeks, and now even if they go perfect in the run home, a place in the top eight is far from guaranteed. Going 3-0 will be easier said than done as well, with games against top eight sides in Sydney, Geelong and Fremantle to round out the season.
The Saints have been ravaged by the toughest fixture in the league and one of the longest injury lists in the competition this season, but that’s no excuse for losing a game in the manner they did to the Blues on the weekend. They were outplayed form the outset and once again, looked lost without both of their star ruckman in the line as this week it was Paddy Ryder’s turn to be on the sidelines.
The Swans train continued to roll on the weekend, racking up their 5th straight win with an impressive offensive performance against the Bombers. They have now put up at least 98 points in their last three games, and with Lance Franklin, Tom Papley and Isaac Heeney all fit and firing, they have arguably the most dynamic forward line in the league at the moment.
The Swans currently sit just four points outside the top four, and with extremely winnable games against the Saints, Roos and Suns to round out the season, they will have their eyes firmly set on the double chance opportunity that comes with a top four finish.
The Swans main rivals for fourth place is the Power, and they face a tough test against the Western Bulldogs in Round 23. Sydney will back their chances of pinching that fourth place, and with a current small disadvantage to the Power on percentage point, you can bet they will be aiming to rack up massive wins in these last three games.
I’m all over the Swans like a rash here. They are miles and miles ahead of any team in the competition when it comes to health at the moment, with ONLY Sam Naismith on their causality list. As for the Saints, they could still be without Ryder going into this game, along with Dougal Howard, who was subbed out in the game against the Blues.
Add those two to a list of injuries that includes Josh Battle, Jake Carlisle, Jarryn Geary, Jade Gresham, Daniel McKenzie, Ben Paton and Jack Sinclair and I’m not sure the Saints stand a chance here.
Sydney -15.5 (2 Units)
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As bad as the Saints have been lately, their one shining light has been captain courageous Jack Steele. He had another monster game on the weekend, racking up 36 touches and 14 tackles in the loss to the Blues. Love him to have another 25+ this week, which he has done in seven of his last eight.
Tom Papley was dialled in on the weekend, booting 4.1 in the win over the Bombers. He kicked 1.2 in the win over the Saints earlier in the season and has kicked 2+ in four of the last six games. Jake Lloyd 25+ is our last leg, 17/19 games this season, the bloke regularly brings his own Sherrin to games.
Steele 25+ Disp.
Papley 2+ Goals
Lloyd 25+ Disp.
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