AFL preview: Round 15

HERE’S our best bets for Round 15 of the AFL:

Melbourne vs Sydney

Melbourne are in high spirits after their three-point win over West Coast in Perth last week and will look to continue their streak at home against the Swans.

Sydney had a familiar outcome last weekend as Gary Rohan clinched the winning goal against Essendon after the final siren.

The Swans midfield is as strong as ever with the likes of Josh Kennedy, Dan Hannebery and Luke Parker in excellent form.

As for the Demons, it will be crucial for Jack Viney to have another cracking performance with the absence of skipper Nat Jones proving to be a tough obstacle for Melbourne. All eyes will be on Max Gawn.

His influence in the ruck will determine each and every stoppage considering he’s coming up against Sam Naismith – nowhere near the quality of All Australian big man Gawny.

With six wins and seven losses to their name, the Swans will have to keep up the momentum if they want to be playing finals footy. Sticking to the early value bets – we’re going with the Swans outright.

Prediction: Sydney @ $1.85

Carlton v Adelaide

The Battle of Bryce.

After Carlton blocked his trade to Adelaide in the off season and a deal was failed to be reached, Bryce Gibbs has gone on to be one of Carlton’s most influential players this season and will face the Crows for the first time this season.

Whilst the ladder positions between the two sides are massive (Adelaide 2nd, Carlton 15th), these teams forms’ in the last two months have been exactly the same – three wins, four losses.

Both sides are coming off poor performances – the Crows slumped to a shock defeat against Hawthorn at home whilst the Blues were never in with a chance against Richmond.

Carlton’s defence has been hard to crack as of late, but up against Adelaide – the highest-scoring team this season (avg. 116pts/game) – this might be a task too tough to handle.

Look for Eddie Betts to bag a couple and get the chocolates against his old club.

Prediction: Adelaide -26.5 @ $1.90

Fremantle v St Kilda

The Dockers are on a four-game losing streak but after last weeks’ brave performance against Geelong, they’re definitely stepping in a positive direction.

A loss for Freo could see them wave goodbye to finals footy, but a win could allow them to leapfrog eighth-placed St Kilda.

Fremantle will also be boosted with the expected inclusion of Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe and club hero Aaron Sandilands for Sunday’s clash.

The Saints have won their past two games against North Melbourne and Gold Coast without playing amazing football, but the may need to turn up the ante if they’re to beat Fremantle in WA. St Kilda have lost 11 of their past 12 interstate games and we just can’t see them bagging the win in Perth.

Prediction: Fremantle $1.90

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