AFL Round 2: Sunday Match Previews & Betting Tips
The Lions will be aiming for a repeat of their round 1 performance while the Roos will be looking to atone for theirs, two first up winners meet at the MCG, and the Suns will be desperate to get four points against the Dockers at home.
North Melbourne v Brisbane – Marvel Stadium- 1:10 PM
Two teams who couldn't have had more contrasting performances in round 1 meet on Sunday afternoon at Marvel Stadium. As the Lions look to keep their momentum going, the Roos need to bounce back after a horror showing in the west.
Brad Scott’s men will have the perfect opportunity to do so against a team they have beaten in 11 of their last 14 encounters, including the last six. The teams last met at the Gabba in round 20 last year where the Roos managed to sneak home by three points, a long way from their average winning margin of 10 goals in their previous five clashes.
This is a new Brisbane team, one that will be high on confidence following their dismantling of the reigning premiers after quarter time last week. New recruits Lachie Neale and Lincoln McCarthy fitted in seamlessly, as did Charlie Cameron who missed half the season last year and looked back to his electrifying self. North Melbourne’s one shining light from last week came from father-son recruit Bailey Scott who claimed the NAB Rising Star nomination for round 1 after his 21-disposals and two-goal performance.
Key Stat: North Melbourne has won the last six matches against Brisbane by an average of 49.3 points
Best bet: Brisbane 1-39 @ $2.40*
Value bet: Brisbane 40+ @ $6.50*
Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs – MCG - 3:20 PM
Both teams are coming off upset wins in round 1 and are looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season when they meet at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.
The Doggies continued their momentum from the back half of last season with what should not have been such a surprise win against the Swans. Leading by as much as 40 points just after half time, the Bulldogs withstood a late Sydney rally to run out by winners by 17-points, booting the last two goals of the game to seal the win.
Not many gave the Hawks a chance travelling to Adelaide to face (what we thought would be) a rejuvenated Crows team without their star and Brownlow Medalist from last season. Again we underestimated the master coach Alastair Clarkson and his impact as the Hawks bounded away for a comfortable 32-point victory. In a further boost to the Hawks, star recruit Tom Scully has been named to make a shock return to footy, around 10 weeks ahead of schedule. If Scully were to play and have an impact, the Giants will be lamenting letting the former number one draft pick leave the club for so little in return.
The Hawks have won the 10 of their last 11 matches against the Bulldogs with their only loss coming in the 2016 semifinal where the Bulldogs went on to win the premiership a fortnight later.
Key Stat: Hawthorn has won 10 of their last 11 matches against the Bulldogs
Best bet: Under 175.5 @ $1.92*
Value bet: Hawthorn -18.5/Under 175.5 @ $3.60*
Gold Coast v Fremantle – Metricon Stadium- 4:40 PM
An intriguing way to close round 2 as the Gold Coast Suns host the Fremantle Dockers at Metricon Stadium.
Fremantle was dominant winning round 1 and were by far the highest scoring team of the opening week, not something usually associated with a Ross Lyon coached team. It was the Dockers highest score since 2013 and their biggest victory in terms of margin since 2016 as former Giant Cam McCarthy booted a career-best five goals in the absence of Jesse Hogan. It will be interesting to see how the Dockers forward line functions with their star recruit named to debut against the Suns.
Gold Coast has been widely tipped to finish with the wooden spoon this year and almost managed to pull off a huge upset against the Saints last week, falling short by the narrowest of margins. They were led by young guns Alex Sexton and Brayden Fiorini while the new mature age recruits were also key contributors. The Suns lost all seven games at Metricon last season have lost 10 straight in total and have lost three of their four meeting against Fremantle at the venue.
Key Stat: Gold Coast have lost 10 straight matches at Metricon Stadium
Best bet: Fremantle -21.5 @ $1.92*
Value bet: Fremantle 40+ @ $3*