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Opening Round Preview

Overview

The opening round of the 2024 AFL Season will begin on Thursday and be played over two weeks. The Sydney Swans will take on the Melbourne Demons in the season opener, while the two Grand Finalists will also play this weekend.

March 8, 2024 7:40 pm @ Gabba

Brisbane colors
Brisbane$1.28
H2H
Carlton$3.70
-22.5$1.90
Line
22.5$1.90
Under 168.5$1.88
Total Score
Over 168.5$1.88
Carlton colors

Recent Form

90-86 VS MAGPIES
L
79-63 VS BLUES
W
123-75 VS POWER
W
79-63 VS LIONS
L
71-73 VS DEMONS
W
74-68 VS SWANS
W

Team News

Lions: Connor McKenna is not certain to play but will likely put on the boots after continually battling a hamstring injury. Will Ashcroft and Tom Doedee will miss the clash.

Blues: Carlton will be without star midfielder Sam Walsh to begin the season, and the trio of Jacob Weitering, Jesse Motlop, and Jack Martin are also unavailable due to injury. However, their absences will allow Zac Williams to return from injury and Orazio Fantasia to make his club debut.

What We Like

The Brisbane Lions have won their past five matches against the Blues by a margin of 1-39 points. Both clubs have quality teams and elite players, so it’s hard for this not to be the end result again.

Margin Brisbane 1-39 $2.18

Final Thought

Joe Daniher has been the heart and soul of the Lions’ forward 50 since joining the club from the Essendon Bombers. Having kicked two or more goals in his last 16 night games at The Gabba, Daniher is hard to go past.

To Score 3 or More Goals Joe Daniher $2.35

March 9, 2024 4:20 pm @ Heritage Bank Stadium

Gold Coast colors
Gold Coast$1.54
H2H
Richmond$2.50
-11.5$1.90
Line
11.5$1.90
Under 165.5$1.88
Total Score
Over 165.5$1.88
Richmond colors

Recent Form

132-97 VS KANGAROOS
L
87-91 VS BLUES
L
114-90 VS SWANS
L
94-63 VS TIGERS
L
101-72 VS KANGAROOS
W
93-57 VS SAINTS
L

Team News

Suns: It is understood that Alex Sexton will get a chance to impress Damien Hardwick this week with the Suns only injury being Lachie Weller.

Tigers: Elite superstar Dustin Martin has been ruled out of the match after sustaining a calf injury. Captain Toby Nankervis and Tom Lynch have also been ruled out.

What We Like

Ben King was tremendous for the Gold Coast Suns last season and even better when it came to facing Richmond in the Suns colours. In his last two appearances against the Tigers, King has managed to kick four goals and will be looking to repeat the feat this week.

To Score 4 or More Goals Ben King $4.50

Final Thought

In the Gold Coast Suns last 14 matches, the home team has managed to cover the line in 13 of those games. A similar scenario can be expected this round between the two clubs.

Line (14.5) Gold Coast -14.5 $1.90

March 9, 2024 7:30 pm @ GIANTS Stadium

GWS colors
GWS$1.70
H2H
Collingwood$2.15
-5.5$1.90
Line
5.5$1.90
Under 166.5$1.88
Total Score
Over 166.5$1.88
Collingwood colors

Recent Form

58-57 VS MAGPIES
L
70-93 VS POWER
W
77-101 VS SAINTS
W
90-86 VS LIONS
W
58-57 VS GIANTS
W
60-53 VS DEMONS
W

Team News

Giants: Finn Callaghan (shoulder) and Harry Perryman (hamstring) are unfit to play and have been ruled out by Adam Kingsley. Their departure from the team list should see a couple of players earn their debut.

Magpies: Lachie Schultz, Nathan Murphy, and Jeremy Howe are all unavailable after coming down with injuries, with Charlie Dean named as a certain starter to fill one of the backline spots.

What We Like

One of the best small forwards in the competition, Toby Greene, will be eager to continue his great form from last season against the Magpies. The 2023 All-Australian Captain, Greene will be looking to kick off his 2024 campaign in the best way possible.

To Score 3 or More Goals Toby Greene $2.50

Final Thought

Despite winning the AFL Premiership last year, Collingwood enters round one as the outsiders in what is considered the match of the round. Considering the Magpies are paying $2.23, it is hard to go past betting against them as they have not lost any star players from their premiership team.

Match Result Collingwood $2.23
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