Round 3 promises to be another great round of footy starting Friday night at the먹튀검증between traditional rivals and 1st vs 2nd, Collingwood vs Carlton and concluding Sunday evening at Etihad with another blockbuster between the Saints and Bombers.
Round three looks to have a few blowouts on the cards also with some predicted top 8 sides taking on some tipped bottom 4 sides.
Best Bet of Round 3
My best bet this week is to take Hawthorn by 40+ points at 2.70. With the Tigers defense in tatters after injuries and suspensions and the Hawks having 42 scoring shots last week expect this week to be much of the same.
Collingwood v Carlton Friday night at the MCG
Tip: Collingwood by 38 points
Odds: Collingwood 1.28 Carlton 3.75
Collingwood will unveil their 2022 premiership flag at the MCG Friday night in front of an expected crowd of more than 80,000 at the G.
Carlton go into the game sitting in 2nd spot on the ladder, only behind the magpies on percentage. Expect them to be outclassed by the pies Friday night who will be bolstered by the return of skipper Nick Maxwell.
Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast Saturday at Etihad Stadium
Tip: Bulldogs by 66 points
Odds: Bulldogs 1.01 Gold Coast 17.00
The Bulldogs got there first win against the Lions last week and should easily make that 2 in a row against the AFL newcomers.
Gold Coast were OK after half time last week but I expect it to be another 6 to 8 weeks before they will be competitive against other AFL sides. Bulldogs easily for me.
Adelaide v Fremantle Saturday at AAMI Stadium
Tip: Adelaide by 15 points
Odds: Adelaide 1.52 Fremantle 2.55
After a disappointing loss to the Cats in Perth last week Fremantle will be looking to bounce back against the Crows who had the bye last week.
Adelaide’s ever-growing injury list is a concern but big man Kurt Tippet is a chance to play and will be welcome in the forward line after the loss of 2022 leading goal kicker Jason Porplyzia for 4 – 6 months with a shoulder injury.
The Crows will benefit from a rest after just one round and their home crowd should see them sneak over the line in a close one.
Richmond v Hawthorn Saturday night at the MCG
Tip: Hawks by 47 points
Odds: Richmond 3.75 Hawks 1.28
Richmond surprised a lot of people last week drawing with the Saints even without spearhead Jack Reiwoldt after he left the ground with concussion in the 1st qtr.
The Hawks could have blown Melbourne away by over 100 points had they kicked straight in Round 2. I expect the Hawks to have to many answers up forward for the Tigers who will be missing tall defenders Rance & McGuane through suspension. Look for a big bag between Franklin & Roughead.
West Coast v Sydney Saturday night at Patersons Stadium
Tip: Swans by 7 points
Odds: West Coast 1.91 Sydney 1.91
These 2 teams usually put on a close match and looking at the odds this week many expect this to be the same. The Eagles have had a great start to the season with 2 wins but will miss Vice Captain Beau Waters for 10 weeks with an elbow injury.
The swans didn’t give up all day against Essendon and snatched the points late. I expect the experience and form of leaders Jude Bolton and Adam Goodes to get Sydney over the line just.
Melbourne v Brisbane Sunday at the MCG
Tip: Melbourne by 48 points
Odds: Melbourne 1.18 Brisbane 5.00
Melbourne need to bounce back from a very disappointing second half fade out against the Hawks and at the moment there is no better team to take on when you need a win than the Lions.
Traveling to Melbourne twice in a row will not make Michael Voss too happy but I expect the Lions to head back up to Brisbane with their tales between their legs for a second week in a row.
Geelong v Port Adelaide Sunday at Skilled Stadium
Tip: Geelong by 60 points
Odds: Geelong 1.09 Port Adelaide 7.60
The cats have shown they don’t need Gary Ablett with 2 superb wins early in the season. They are at Skilled Stadium for the first time this year where traveling sides find it very difficult to win.
Port will be without captain Dom Cassisi for 8 weeks which will not help their cause. With the cats set to regain Selwood, Mooney & Scarlett expect them to cruise to victory in this one to go 3-0.
St Kilda v Essendon Sunday at Etihad Stadium
Tip: Saints by 12 points
Odds: St Kilda 1.82 Essendon 2.00
The match of the round for me. The Saints desperately need a win in Nick Reiwoldt’s 200th and need to find a way to win for the rest of the season without superstar Lenny Hayes.
The bombers come back to earth last week after not being able to put away Sydney and paying the price in the end. Essendon have had the edge over the Saints of late winning the last 3 meetings, a streak I think will come to an end this week narrowly.