The early game takes us down to Tassy where North have won their last 3 at Blundstone Arena. In fact, the last team to beat them there were the Giants early last season. The Giants’ season has again been barred by injuries which see them sit 9th on the ladder, and have co-captain Phil Davis ruled out of the clash.
North’s midfield has been pivotal in their surprise wins this season, thanks to the form of Ben Cunnington and Ben Jacobs but despite leading most of the competition in contested possessions, the Giants are performing better in most key areas.
GWS lead the Roos in disposals, efficiency, clearances, tackles and marks but what makes this North Melbourne team stand out is their defence which ranks second in the comp.
The Giants have won their last two against North but their form in Hobart has them as firm favourites especially against a injury-riddled team. This game should be low scoring:
- North concede an average of 70 points per game
- GW Sconcede an average of 72 points per game
- Giants have averaged 60 points in their last 4
- North have averaged 69 points in the last 3
- North have averaged 85 in their last 3 at Blundstone
Either team under 24.5 points / 1.83 / Sportsbet [1 unit]
North TT under 88.5 / 1.89 / Bet365 [1 unit]
Under 164.5 / Pointsbet / 1.90 [1 unit]
These two clubs head to China for the second year in a row. The Suns continue to be hurt by the Commonwealth Games and not being able to play at home. Despite that, they’ve fought hard but the constant travelling appears to be creating problems. They’ve lost their last three by an average of 42
Port come in after a hard-fought victory in the Showdown last week, but their form is on and off being unable to string together multiple victories. That should change this afternoon though:
- Port have won their last 8 against the Suns by an average of 45
- The Suns scored more than 70 points just once in that time
- The result of this fixture here last season was 110-38
The Suns rank #1 in tackles, and that’s about their only saving grace. If they can maintain tackling pressures against Port they could cover the -46.5 line, but I’m not entirely confident either way.
Port Adelaide 1H -22.5 / Sportsbet / 1.91 [1 unit]