AFTER finishing on top of the ladder, Geelong was knocked out of the premiership race by Richmond on Friday night. The loss has divided Cats fans, with many taking aim at Chris Scott for some of his questionable coaching decisions during the 2019 finals campaign. But is their frustration justified?
Going for broke: Multi of the Week (June 26)
WELL, I didn’t quite get a collect from my first Multi of the Week.
Of the four legs, only two were successful – New Zealand knocked off South Africa in their Cricket World Cup clash, and Brisbane comfortable beat St Kilda by more than the -5.5 line.
Unfortunately, Pat Cummins couldn’t deliver the goods with the ball against Bangladesh, as the Tigers piled on over 300 runs, while Hawthorn fell seven points short of leading Sydney at half-time on Friday night.
Not to worry, it’s time to get back on the horse!
Here’s this week’s selections:
TOTAL OUTLAY: $10 RETURN: $829.10 (with Odds Boost)
Essendon v GWS (Line bet, GWS -12.5. Odds: $1.90)
The Giants are going to be fresh off the bye coming into this clash, and I reckon they’ll get the job done comfortably against the Bombers.
Essendon struggled against the reigning premiers, West Coast, on Thursday night and ended up losing by 35 points.
GWS has class on every line (they’re not referred to as a team of Ferraris for no reason) and that talent should shine through and pass the line comfortably.
Sri Lanka v South Africa (Sri Lanka win. Odds: $2.75)
I’m definitely chasing a bit of value here, and I reckon the Lions are way over the odds having only accounted for one of the World Cup favourites, England, on Friday.
Lasith Malinga at age 35 showed you don’t necessarily need to be in what you would call ‘peak physical shape’ to perform on One Day cricket’s biggest stage, and was named Man of the Match for his 4/43.
South Africa looks like a team in disarray at the moment, with its confidence through the floor – here’s hoping Sri Lanka can keep a good thing going.
Geelong v Adelaide (Geelong win 1-39. Odds: $1.98)
So, the Cats have the worst record playing after the bye (0-8) which is what I’m blaming on Saturday night’s loss to Port Adelaide.
On the other end of the spectrum, however, Geelong has the best record the week after the week after the bye (if that makes sense) with a perfect 7-0 win-loss record.
Yes, the Crows have been playing great footy, but the Cats don’t lose two in a row very often, especially on their home deck at Kardinia Park.
It will be a close contest, but I think Geelong will just take the chocolates.
Hawthorn v West Coast (Half-time full-time Hawthorn/West Coast. Odds: $6.75)
I know this bet with the Hawks didn’t work last week, but I only missed out by seven points – second time will be the charm!
Hawthorn really can’t play much worse than they are, and all they need is for things to click out of the blocks and there’s a good chance they could be ahead at half-time (especially with star Jeremy McGovern to be missing from the Eagles’ back six).
I expect West Coast to get the job done, but if ever there’s a time for the Hawks to make a statement and start strongly, it’s against the reigning premiers.
And that’s it! Happy punting.
About ‘Going for broke’:
As part of a new affiliate partnership with popular online betting company Ladbrokes, One on One Sports SA will be providing you, our readers, with a ‘Multi of the Week’ – created by me, Grady Hudd.
Like many sports fans, I enjoy the occasional weekend flutter and the Multi of the Week series is designed to be a little bit of fun, and a place for One on One Sports SA followers to share their multi-bet triumphs with each other.
Hopefully there will be many winning bets to share!
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This is purely a way for the average punter to view my bet for the week, ride it with me if you wish, provide feedback on my selections, or simply have a laugh at my expense as I go the whole AFL season without a collect (let’s hope that doesn’t happen).
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