Season tally so far
Units Wagered = 167.75 units
Units Won = 172.22 units
Profit/Loss = +4.47 units (2.7% profit)
Thursday 29 May
Sydney v Geelong
7:10 PM AEST, SCG, Sydney
The dreaded Thursday night timeslot returns to clutter our midweek schedules for the fifth time so far this season. For those who can find the time to catch a glimpse of this match, the fare on offer shouldn’t disappoint as two top 4 contenders will battle it out for a win that could determine who gets a double chance come finals time.
Sydney, along with surprise packets Gold Coast, are the form teams in the competition entering this round, with both clubs boasting 5 match winning streaks. Sydney’s success has coincided with the improvement in form and fitness of prized recruits Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett, with the key forward duo gelling really well together during the early stages of their partnership.
Geelong sit second on the ladder, a single win ahead of fifth placed Sydney, and the Cats season has been rolling along nicely with their only defeats occurring during interstate trips against Port Adelaide and Fremantle. The bookies are tipping that Geelong will lose their third interstate match of the year in Sydney, with the Swans odds shortening further after the Cats were forced to rule out reliable defenders Tom Lonergan and Corey Enright due to injury. Lonergan’s absence is particularly noteworthy when you consider that he has a good record against Franklin, and big Lance might be able to get off the chain without Lonergan’s negating influence. At least the Cats can recall mercurial midfielder Steve Johnson from suspension, although veterans James Kelly and Jimmy Bartel deputised superbly in the centre square last week against North Melbourne.
Ultimately though, Sydney look to have firepower right across the ground and defenders like Ted Richards and Heath Grundy will be better equipped to deal with the threat of Tom Hawkins, who is Geelong’s main goalkicking option. Also in Sydney’s favour is the fact that they are fresh from the bye and a week of rest, while the Cats will be travelling interstate on a 6 day break.
Andy’s Bet: 1 unit on Sydney to win by 39 points or less @ 2.15 (Sportsbet)
Andy’s Bet: 1 unit on Lance Franklin most goals @ 4.50 (Sportsbet)