Three more matches on Sunday will complete Round 10 in this classic 2017 Marn Grook season, and we provide our expert AFL tipping. It has been an excellent round so far, only one big blowout – 100 points in Adelaide, and the largest crowd ever for a Saturday night match – 85,656 at the MCG.
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AFL Tipping Game 7: Collingwood v Brisbane
Collingwood are the experts in winning games with their ‘backs to the walls’. The were down by 43 points against Hawthorn but still managed to win the game. In this match against Brisbane, they are expected to win, but they definitely haven’t got their backs to the wall.
What does this mean psychologically, and how should their coach, Nathan Buckley, prepare them for the match? He should probably tell the Collingwood team that they are down by 100 points before they walk onto the field and they have to somehow forge a victory. That would really be a case of having your backs to the wall, even if he is just making it up.
Brisbane are on their seventh or eight re-build since their glory days between 1995–2005, but seem to be further away from claiming any sort of success in the future. They have the beginnings of a good team, but it’s almost like 1987 all over again, when they first joined the VFL/AFL competition. They might come good, but it will take a while. Collingwood to win. #AFLPiesLions
- Eddy Jay – Collingwood, 11 points.
- Lintang Enam – Brisbane, 19 points.
AFL Tipping Game 8: Carlton v North Melbourne
We love these cellar-dwellar matches, because they provide an insight of what the future might hold, not only the rest of the 2017 season, but 2018, 2019 and beyond.
Carlton is building towards something but we’re not exactly sure what it is. They seem to be improving by the week, even if they aren’t winning matches. North Melbourne has been building for the future as well, and after giving up on a sequence of ‘honourable losses’ and also giving up boxing in their last match against Melbourne, their season is on the mend. They have some quality players in their team – Todd Goldstein is one of the more valuable competition stars – and they have a better quality team than Carlton.
We were going to say that Carlton will have as much as winning this match as Jeremy Corbyn winning the UK election, but just realised that he’s closing in on the Tories and might be able to pull off a famous victory. For this reason, we feel Carlton will put in a good performance, but fall just short. North Melbourne in a tight one. #AFLBluesNorth
- Eddy Jay – North Melbourne, 24 points.
- Lintang Enam – North Melbourne, 8 points.
AFL Tipping Game 9: West Coast v Greater Western Sydney
When Greater Western Sydney first joined the competition, West Coast would hand out some severe beatings to them. And that was on both sides of the continent, whether the matches were played in western Sydney or Subiaco Oval.
Greater Western Sydney still haven’t defeated West Coast, although they came close in 2016, when they were defeated by a Nic Naitanui goal in the final six seconds of the game. Richmond-esque. West Coast are very difficult to defeat in Perth. Horrible in Melbourne, but they are kings of their own domain and have the best home games record of any club since they joined the VFL/AFL in 1987.
Greater Western Sydney have the talent to defeat West Coast, but something is not gelling for them this year. It could be the weight of expectation, injuries, or the stars not being aligned for them. Still, they are 7–2, and good teams find a way of winning, even if they are not playing well. But they are playing in Perth, and they have only won once over there, and that was against an insipid Fremantle during their 2016 horror season.
West Coast to continue with the flat-track home-town bully tag, and win the game. #AFLEaglesGiants
- Eddy Jay – West Coast, 51 points.
- Lintang Enam – West Coast, 21 points.