Round 8 of this exciting AFL season continues on Sunday with two games scheduled. Here we give you a taste of the clash between the demons and the saints and give you our best betting tips!
As always, we’ve got you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the game and don’t forget to check out our AFL Tips page, where you can view our coverage of all round 8 actions.
Melbourne vs St Kilda Betting Tips
MCG, Sunday 8e May 1:10 PM (AEST)
Injuries: Michael Hibberd (calf), Blake Howes (foot), Christian Salem (knee), Joel Smith (ankle), Daniel Turner (foot), Taj Woewodin (concussion)
The Demons have had a relatively good run so far this season with injuries, with only Christian Salem missing of their best 22. The silky wing forward is expected to be in action in three weeks.
The Demons were too strong for the Hawks in their most recent outing, beating them by 10 points in an entertaining game. That win was their seventh of seven games this season, also extending their unbeaten run to 14 games if you take last season into account. In my opinion, the Demons are head and shoulders above any other team in the league and their week-to-week consistency is extremely impressive.
Injuries: Jack Bytel (knee), Hunter Clark (shoulder), Nick Coffield (ACL), Dan Hannebery (calf), Jack Hayes (knee)
Like their opponents here, the Saints can’t complain much about injuries. Of the players in their best 22 when fit, Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield and Dan Hannebery are the only ones missing. Of the three, Clark is the closest to returning to AFL.
Again, selling a home game came back to bite the Saints and cost them four valuable points when they were beaten by the Power last weekend. Instead of playing under one roof at Marvel Stadium, the Saints played in the worst possible conditions at Cazalys Stadium. That loss also saw the Saints win five games, meaning they are just four points clear of the Magpies in ninth.
The Saints had the woods over the Demons there for a while, but that has all changed lately with the Demons winning the last two encounters between these teams. They haven’t reached their peak form yet this season, but they remain the only team unbeaten heading into round 8. The Demons have won six of their seven games by a margin of 1-39 and I expect more of the same on Sunday.
Melbourne Demons 1-39 (1.5 UNITS)
Luke Jackson returns to the team after missing for the first time last weekend. He’s made a formidable ruck/forward combo with Max Gawn and can definitely hurt teams by hitting the scoreboard. He is a good value to score a goal in this one.
Luke Jackson Anytime Goal Kicker ($1.62 Ladbrokes)
Jack Sinclair is having a fantastic season so far and has been just as consistent when it comes to collecting divestments. The lowest number he has achieved from seven games is 23 and that was under appalling conditions last weekend. I expect he will recover and have at least 25 on Sunday.
Jack Sinclair 25+ Divestments ($1.87 Ladbrokes)
Another Saints player who continues to rack up high weekly sales is Seb Ross. He had 31 in the sloppy conditions against the Power last weekend and has had 26+ in four of his last five games. He’s going to be fine this weekend.
Seb Ross 25+ Divestments ($1.88 Ladbrokes)