AFL Round 15: Saturday Night Match Previews & Betting Tips
Collingwood host a rare home game at Marvel Stadium against an improved North Melbourne side, while the Power will look to back up their brilliant win over Geelong when they welcome the Bulldogs to the Adelaide Oval.
Collingwood v North Melbourne - Marvel Stadium - 7:25pm
Having escaped Round 14 with victory over the Bulldogs, Collingwood will look to provide a more convincing performance against a rejuvenated North Melbourne outfit at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.
Collingwood emerged victorious by nine-points despite finishing with six fewer scoring shots than the Bulldogs last week, where coach Nathan Buckley was highly critical of their performance. Brodie Grundy’s impact proved the difference as he finished with 50 hit-outs, 25 disposals and two goals, however, he may have a tougher time exhibiting such a display against 2015 All-Australian, Todd Goldstein.
Recent history between these clubs indicates the Roos could be in trouble on Saturday night, with each of their last two meetings seeing the Magpies triumph by margins in excess of 50 points. With that being said, recent form perhaps paints a better picture this time around given North Melbourne has not lost any of its last eight matches by more than 24 points and have won three of their past four.
Key Stat: The favourite has won each of Collingwood's last 11 night matches at Marvel Stadium.
Best bet: Collingwood 1-39
Value bet: Collingwood -20.5/Over 165.5
Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs - Adelaide Oval - 7:40pm
Taking a major step towards their September ambitions through an upset victory against Geelong last weekend, Port Adelaide will look to continue that form when they host the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.
Ken Hinkley sent a strong message to his players prior to that 11-point victory by dropping their two reigning best and fairest winners in Paddy Ryder and Justin Westhoff with the former’s absence proving a masterstroke as Scott Lycett took over in the ruck to record 24 disposals (18 contested), nine clearances and 41 hit-outs (11 of them to advantage) in a best on ground display. His performance could again prove a huge factor once again on Saturday if Brodie Grundy’s Round 14 dominance against Bulldogs ruckman, Tim English is anything to go by.
Although a brave effort, wayward goal-kicking cost the Dogs, who fell by nine-points to the Magpies to resign them to their fourth loss in their last five outings. Improving that record at the Adelaide Oval seems a longshot given the Bulldogs haven’t recorded an interstate upset since 2016.
Key Stat: The Western Bulldogs have lost each of their last nine interstate night matches.
Tip: Port Adelaide
Best bet: Port Adelaide -20.5
Value bet: Port Adelaide 40+
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