AFL action in Round 8 continues on Saturday with another huge five-game slate! Here, we preview and provide our best betting tips for the massive match between Richmond and Collingwood!
As always, we have you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the game and remember to head to our AFL Tips page, where you can catch our coverage of all the Round 8 action.
MCG, Saturday 7th May 1:45pm (AEST)
Injuries: Tom Brown (Corked calf), Thomson Dow (Thigh), Dion Prestia (Multiple), Hugo Ralphsmith (Ribs), Samson Ryan (Achilles)
2x Premiership player Josh Caddy retired this week after suffering from a long run of hamstring injuries. Young guns Hugo Ralphsmith and Thomson Dow will also miss through injury, while Dustin Martin is set to return after some personal leave.
The Tigers come into this off a huge 109-point win away to the Eagles, which was sure to raise the levels of satisfaction at punt road. However, the Eagles are the easy beats at the moment and that win certainly doesn’t correct their bad start to the season. Once a powerhouse in this competition, the Tigers enter Round 8 with three wins to their name and sit in ninth spot on the ladder.
Injuries: Charlie Dean (Foot), Jamie Elliott (Shoulder), Brodie Grundy (Knee), Ash Johnson (Hamstring), Will Kelly (Hip), Nathan Kreuger (Shoulder), Nathan Murphy (Ankle), Jordan Roughead (Finger), Tom Wilson (Back)
Injuries for the Magpies are really starting to become an issue. The latest to go down was superstar Brodie Grundy who has issues with his knee after the Anzac Day clash, while Jamie Elliott, Nathan Kreuger and Jordan Roughead are the others in their best 22 who can’t take their place in the side.
The Magpies have had a solid start to their campaign in 2022 but will be hoping for more under their new coach. They’ve definitely looked better on the offensive side of things, but their defensive certainly needs to lift. They may be entering this clash with back-to-back wins under their belt, but they’ll need to raise the bar a lot if they’re to be in with a chance for four points on Saturday.
The Magpies have had success in this fixture in recent years, but the Tigers are the better outfit and will be the hungrier dog on this occasion in my opinion. They welcome back one of the best to do it in Dustin Martin and even if he isn’t 100%, he will be a nightmare matchup deep forward. The Tigers should be too strong and will cover the small spread for mine.
Will Hoskin-Elliott somewhat flies under the radar for the Magpies as a goal source and remains really good value to kick at least one. We’re talking about a player that has reached double-figures in terms of goals in each of his last five years at the Pies and he’s a good chance to jag on Saturday.
Daniel Rioli has been nothing other than reliable since his switch to half-back for the Tigers and is good value to collect 20+ disposals here. He had 23 last week despite the ball rarely entering defence and is great value for 20+ on Saturday.
I know, Darcy Moore is a strange player to bet on in the disposals market. However, the Tigers notoriously allow a lot of disposals to defenders and Moore should be a beneficiary of that. He’s had 11+ in every game so far and should have enough looks to gather at least 15 here.
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