Thu, Jul 28, 3:21pm by Staff Writer
Match of the round sees the third-placed Cats take on the fifth-placed Bulldogs down the freeway at Geelong. It really is an eight-point game with both sides on 48 premiership points in the chasing pack behind Hawthorn. The loser can jump up to second while the loser will find themselves in seventh at the end of the weekend.
The Cats showed last week just how tough they are to beat at home by dismissing the in form team of the competition, Adelaide by 30 points. The Dogs on the other hand are coming off not only a shock loss to the Saints but were also struck down yet again on the injury front.
The Cats have more than the four points to play for here with two of their favourite sons reaching magnificent milestones. Triple premiership stars Jimmy Bartel and Corey Enright celebrate significant milestones together when they run out for the Hoops on Friday.
Bartel notches up game 300 while Corey Enright breaks the all-time games tally at the club of 326. Hats off boys, well played.
An area of the game where the visitors will have the ascendency is foot speed. The Dogs are renowned for their pace whereas the Cats are certainly not. The likely return of Jake Stringer and Luke Dahlhaus from injury couldn’t come at a better time given two more of their stars, Mitch Wallis and Jack Redpath, were sidelined indefinitely last Saturday in season ending injuries. Wallis’ leg break was one of the worst I’ve seen.
The return to form of Tom Hawkins last week was pleasing for the Geelong faithful. Although he’s ranked fifth in the league for contested marks, the acid was placed on him last week and he delivered booting four goals.
At the other end of the ground the Dogs are struggling to kick the big scores they achieved so easily in the first half of the season. They averaged 94 points per game in the first nine games whereas in the last eight games that has come down to only 79.
I’m backing the Cats to make it ten on the trot against the Dogs in what should be an entertaining contest. They are rather short though so I’m going to take the highest scoring half option for the second half, which pays $1.70. Happy Punting!
*All odds provided from Crownbet and were correct at time of printing
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