Can the Swans keep their season alive with a win?
After five rounds both these teams had failed to win a game and both looked condemned for a season languishing at the bottom of the ladder.
Things have completely turned around for both of them though after North Melbourne recorded a gutsy win over Gold Coast before causing the biggest upset of the season by dismantling the previously undefeated Adelaide Crows by 59 points.
The Sydney Swans finally won a game last week against the insipid Brisbane Lions, eventually running out 54-point victors mainly thanks to an eight goal haul from Lance Franklin.
The Swans look well placed now to string a series of wins together and it is a great opportunity to back them against North Melbourne as surprisingly the Swans are the betting outsider ($2.02 @ Betfair).
Sydney has owned North Melbourne in recent times having won their past two encounters against the Kangaroos and four of their past five.
The other big asset for the Swans is the venue of Etihad Stadium.
Despite being based in New South Wales, it is the indoor venue in Melbourne where the Swans have had their best record in past few years. Prior to this season the Swans had won 10 straight games at Etihad with their winning streak at the venue stretching back to Round 11 in 2012.
The Swans defeated North Melbourne by 26 and nine points in two meetings last season. In the most recent of those clashes, Dan Hannebery starred with 33 possessions and two goals in a game-winning performance.
We predict the Swans will win their first game outside of Victoria at their fourth attempt this season and keep their slim finals chances alive.
They have been incredibly disappointing and costly for punters so this season but this is a good opportunity to stick with them and redeem some of your losses.
Punters who anticipate ‘The Bloods’ will make another finals appearance can now snap up $5.50 with bet365.
Luke Parker had 31 disposals last time these teams met and he looks a good bet to rack up 25 or more here.
SYDNEY HALF TIME/ FULL TIME DOUBLE