After a fantastic Week 1 of the AFL Finals, Week 2 will see some very interesting matchups. There are two games slated for the weekend as four teams prepare to enter into a sudden death semi-final round.
The Geelong Cats and the Fremantle Dockers will start things off on Friday night. This will be a hard fought win for the victor as both of these teams have the talent and determination to advance. The Cats have been touted as AFL Grand Final winners, but their slow start in week 1 says otherwise. This week should hopefully see them get back on track. With the threat of elimination breathing down their necks, watch for their starters to liven up. Key forward James Podsiadly will be returning after a two game suspension. Otherwise, the team will remain largely the same. They are going into this as huge 1.11 favourites.
The Fremantle Dockers are a much less experienced team as plenty of their younger stars are playing in their first AFL Finals ever. This is somewhat of a disadvantage when you’re looking at a do or die match against the more experienced Cats. Add to that the fact that the Dockers are looking at their first match on the MCG this season. Playing on an unfamiliar turf will be a tough hurdle to cross. Nevertheless, they’re coming into this game off a big win over the Hawthorn Hawks. A little confidence could go a long way in this matchup. The named team should remain much the same as last week. Even Aaron Sandilands is expected to play despite his knee injury.
The Western Bulldogs will take on the Sydney Swans in the second game of round two. The down beaten Dogs will need to get things back on track if they want to survive to see another AFL Finals round. They’re coming into this game after a massive loss to the Collingwood Magpies. The named squad could be shaken up a bit after last week’s disappointing outcome. Barry Hall will almost certainly be called up after scraping past the match review panel, and Brad Johnson should return as skipper. Watch for Josh Hill, Andrejs Everitt, and Brennan Stack to be considered. A re-haul of the team isn’t such a bad idea considering last week’s subpar performance.
The Sydney Swans will be flying high after their upset victory over the Carlton Blues. The Swans could see the return of Daniel Bradshaw. If the forward gets called up, it will be his first appearance since round 9. Ben McGlynn also has a chance to return for this AFL Finals Week 2 game. Though the Swans are going into this game with some good confidence, they won’t make the mistake of underestimating the Bulldogs’ talent. Punters should also keep in mind that the team hasn’t had the best of luck at the MCG, losing nine of their last ten appearances there. The Swans are 1.85 underdogs going into this match.
It’s going to be an interesting week 2 that could see even more upsets. Be sure to check out Ladbrokes.com.au for all of the most generous odds available on these upcoming games.
AFL Finals Week 2:
|10/09/10||Geelong Cats v Fremantle Dockers||MCG||07:45pm|
|11/09/10||Western Bulldogs v Sydney Swans||MCG||07:20pm|