We are almost a third of the way through the AFL season and what a cracker is shaping up so far. Round 8 kicks off on Friday night with Port Adelaide taking on the Western Bulldogs from Adelaide Oval.
As always, Andy Rosos has you covered with his full preview and betting tips for the clash below. Remember to go to our AFL Tips page for previews of all Round 8 games.
Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Betting Tips
Adelaide Oval, Friday 6 May, 19:30 (AEST)
Injuries: Miles Bergman, Orazio Fantasia, Scott Lycett, Trent McKenzie, Josh Sinn (Out) Mitch Georgiades, Charlie Dixon (Test)
The Power could get a couple of useful inclusions this week with deeply missed key forwards in Mitch Georgiades and Charlie Dixon potentially returning. Check out our complete AFL injury list for more detailed updates.
The Power started the season in horrible shape, losing their first five games. Since then, they have bounced back to win their last two, a dominant win over the Eagles followed by hard work in tough conditions against the Saints. I’m not sure how much can be gleaned from that win against the Saints, as the two teams put up just over 80 points in a game that was pretty tough to watch.
However, there is no doubt that the Power has found some form. The return of Aliir Aliir gives their backline some real stability and with Dixon potentially returning to the side, they should be able to attack the way they want.
Injuries: Josh Buce, Sam Darcy, Tim English, Jason Johannisen, Toby McLean (Out) Riley Garcia, Mitch Hannan, Lachie Hunter, Alex Keath, Mitch Wallis (Test)
The Dogs will be looking forward to Alex Keath’s fitness test as they are desperate for key defenders at the moment. Mitch Hannan, Mitch Wallis and Lachie Hunter will also have to prove their fitness.
What an up and down year it has been for the Dogs so far this season. They’re 3-4 on the season and sit just outside the top eight and haven’t posted a winning streak yet. They bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Crows with a win over the Bombers over the weekend, setting them up to make a real run in the top eight with games against the Power, Magpies, Suns and Eagles over the next month.
It seems that the bookmakers are finding this match just as difficult to predict as I am, having seen lines at just 1 point in favor of either team at different outlets. I don’t feel like facing either side to win this one, but I like the unders here. A bit of rain is forecast around Adelaide throughout the day on Friday, which should make for quite slippery conditions. I expect the game to play out pretty similar to the Crows-Dogs matchup a few weeks ago, in which only 125 points were scored.
Less than 155.5
$1.90 (1.5 Units)
Aliir Aliir has improved week over week since returning to the team in Round 5. He had 15 touches against the Saints last week in wet conditions due to being able to easily intercept long kicks later on. In similar conditions, I love the value of him to rack up 15+ again.
Aliir Aliir 15+ Eliminations ($3.50 at BetRight)
I think the wet conditions should suit the young bull that is Zak Butters. He has no problem getting in and under and getting his own ball and his tackle count should increase in the wet. Back him to score 90-plus fantasy points, which he has done in three of seven games so far.
Zak Butters 90+ Fantasy Points ($2.05 at Ladbrokes)