This Weekend's 5 Best Bets - 21st March

This weekend's 5 best bets cover AFL, NRL, the Galaxy Stakes, the NSW Election & the Euro 2020 Qualifiers.

James Baxter
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Wed, 20 Mar, 12:00 AM

AFL – Collingwood v Geelong

Friday 7:20pm

The Tip: Collingwood

Why: The G hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Cats who have lost their last five at the venue. The Pies will be missing star midfielder Taylor Adams for the contest but welcome back favourite son Dayne Beams into the mix, while Jamie Elliott who’s been restricted to just 17 games over the past three seasons is ready to go.

 

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Politics – NSW State Election

Saturday

The Tip: Coalition

Why: Having shortened from $1.78 to $1.50* over the past couple of days, all signs point towards the Coalition winning the upcoming NSW State election. Despite a strong campaign on social media and television, Labor still needs to gain 13 seats to win Government outright.

 

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NRL – Cronulla Sharks v Gold Coast Titans

Saturday 3:00pm

The Tip: Cronulla

Why: Shaun Johnson struggled to influence the game last week but in his Warriors career enjoyed success against the Titans – winning six of his last seven matches against the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast had a disastrous opener, not only losing 21-0 but also losing Ash Taylor pregame and Tyrone Roberts minutes into the game. Both will also be missing here.

Horse Racing – Rosehill Race 8 The Galaxy

Saturday 5:10pm

The Tip: Redzel

Why: The dual Everest winner returned with a narrow 2nd in the Challenge Stakes behind Ball Of Muscle. The run was full or merit even without the post-race finding that he lost a plate in running.

Had the 1-1 and travelled up like the winner only for Ball Of Muscle to just keep finding with McEvoy (understandably) pushing the button quite late. He gets plenty more in his favour here: a wet track, an extra 100m and a faster tempo.

 

Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Sweden v Romania

Sunday 4:00am

The Tip: Sweden

Why: The Swedes topped their Nations League group at the expense of Russia and Turkey, and I’d expect them to edge past a handy-yet-limited Romania outfit.

The visitors, who participated in the tier below Sweden in the aforementioned competition, failed to gain promotion – finishing second in their group behind an admittedly strong Serbia side.

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