AFL Live Port Adelaide Power vs West Coast Eagles Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 09 Match will be kick off at Adelaide Oval Stadium, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Saturday 21 May 2016 online, 16.35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Plenty at stake here. Port need a win against a decent side, and West Coast need a win on the road.
Port continued their up-and-down season last week, failing to hold out Carlton despite leading for 80% of the game, and 95% of the last three quarters. This came after wins against Richmond and Brisbane that flattered to deceive.
West Coast’s form is well established by now – five wins in Perth and three losses away. Last week was their most impressive win of the year, shutting out St Kilda from the outset and then cruising to a 103 point win.
With Nic Naitanui going up against Trengrove, expect the ball to be jammed down the throat of Andrew Gaff ($3) and Matt Priddis ($4.50) all day long. Trengrove is Port’s #1 ruckman, so with the Eagles getting first use of the ball every time, I’ll be loading up on man Gaff who is coming off back to back 36 possession games. Easy way to triple your dough and for insurance, back him at $1.45 for 30+ touches as he has only missed the mark in one game this year.
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Port and West Coast have split their last ten matches 5-5, and five of the ten have gone the way of the visitor, so home ground advantage is not pronounced. Three of the last four clashes have been won by the visitor.
This will be the longest odds the Power have started at Adelaide Oval. Only twice before have they started longer than $2.30 there. The last time was Round 4, 2015, when they beat Hawthorn.
West Coast are 0-3 away from home this year, and yet to cover the spread. The Eagles have won three of their last five in Adelaide, at +132% POT.
Port represent the enormous value of the round, given they are capable of getting hot for periods within games, most often do so at Adelaide Oval, and the way West Coast have wilted away from home this season.
The biggest concern for the Power will be Naitanui’s ability to dominate ruck contests and give the Eagles mids first use of the ball. Outside that, Port’s midfield can match them. Port will also need Charlie Dixon and Chad Wingard to hit form. Neither has really produced what we know they’re capable of.
West Coast should prove the better team over the course of the season, must be setting themselves for a big one on the road, and should really win. But until they do, you couldn’t back them at the short odds.
Port Adelaide Power:
B: D.Byrne-Jones, T.Jonas, J.Pittard
HB: C.O’Shea, J.Hombsch, M.Broadbent
C: J.Polec, O.Wines, B.Ebert
HF: J.Neade, C.Dixon, H.Hartlett
F: A.Young, J.Westhoff, C.Wingard
Foll: J.Trengove, T.Boak, R.Gray
I/C: P.Stewart, K.Amon, J.Impey, N.Krakouer
Emer: L.Austin, D.Howard, B.Ah Chee
Out: B.Ah Chee
West Coast Eagles:
B: B.Sheppard, E.MacKenzie, W.Schofield
HB: E.Yeo, J.McGovern, S.Hurn
C: A.Gaff, M.Priddis, L.Duggan
HF: C.Masten, J.Darling, M.LeCras
F: J.Hill, J.Kennedy, S.Lycett
Foll: N.Naitanui, J.Redden, L.Shuey
I/C: S.Wellingham, J.Cripps, S.Butler, M.Hutchings
Emer: X.Ellis, T.Cole, L.Jetta