2010 AFL Grand Final Preview

September 23rd, 2010

The 2010 AFL Grand Final is quickly approaching. The Collingwood Magpies are going into this ultimate game of Aussie Rules as heavy favourites. It’s no wonder after their thorough drubbing of last year’s champions in week 3. They are showing no signs of letting up. While a win is looking imminent, there are a couple of story lines that will make this match more of a test than previous ones.

First of all, there’s still some question surrounding key player Luke Ball. He suffered a hamstring injury in week 3 of the AFL Finals, which has made his position in the AFL Grand Final less certain. If Ball does play, he’s surely not going to be at 100%. Not to mention the pressure of facing off against his previous teammates for a Premiership title.

In addition, the Collingwood squad may be packed with talent, but defender Nick Maxwell is a major factor in their impenetrable back line. He’ll need to be in top form in this upcoming AFL Grand Final to ensure that the ‘Pies are able to shut down everything the Saints’ offense has to throw at them.

On the other side of the field the St Kilda Saints are coming into this 2010 AFL Grand Final via a similar Finals road. They conquered the reigning champion Geelong Cats in week 1 to earn the bye-week. Howver, their week 3 match wasn’t nearly as thorough as that of Collingwood’s. In fact, they were seemingly caught off guard as the Bulldogs took the lead in the first half. The Saints can’t afford to make such mistakes in the Grand Final as Collingwood is going to be a much stronger team than the Dogs.

A major key to St Kilda success will be captain Nick Reiwoldt. The skipper has the power to inspire great things from this team such as the seven-goal performance in the third quarter of their week 3 match. If he’s given the opportunity to lead by example, the Saints will be a force to be reckoned with.

The game is set for Saturday, September 25 at the MCG. With two days to go before game time, there’s still plenty of time to get to Ladbrokes.com.au to place your bets. In addition to a plethora of exotics they are offering the following:

2010 AFL Grand Final Odds

Teams Head-to-Heads Line Line (Ev) 1-39 40+
Collingwood 1.40 1.92 (-16.5) 2.00 (-19.5) 2.25 3.35
St Kilda 3.00 1.92 (+16.5) 2.00 (+13.5) 3.45 13.00
Draw 51.00