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Best bets

West Coast to defeat Adelaide by 25 points or more at $1.55

West Coast finally returned to the form expected of a premiership challenger last Saturday and they have a terrific chance to build a winning streak when they face Adelaide at the 'Gabba on Saturday.

The Eagles had lost their first three matches since the resumption of the 2020 home-and-away season before defeating the Sydney Swans by 34 points at Metricon Stadium.

Out-of-form onballers Dom Sheed (24 disposals), Elliot Yeo (21 disposals) and Tim Kelly (19 disposals) finally looked like highly regarded players after struggling since West Coast moved to their Queensland hub.

Despite Josh Kennedy failing to kick a goal, Oscar Allen (three goals), Jamie Cripps (two goals) and Jake Waterman (two goals) picked up the slack.

Adelaide's season descended further into the mire with their 20-point loss to Fremantle at Metricon Stadium last Sunday in a game between winless teams.

The Crows struggled mightily in attack with four goals and since the home-and-away season recommenced, Adelaide has kicked an average of five goals per game.

The Eagles have a strong recent record over the Crows with consecutive wins and four victories in their last five clashes since Round 23, 2016.

West Coast has regained the winning feeling and should continue that form against the winless Adelaide.

Western Bulldogs to beat Carlton at $1.55

The Western Bulldogs will be aiming to stretch their winning streak to four games when they tackle Carlton at Metricon Stadium on Sunday night.

The Bulldogs had a poor start to this season with heavy defeats either side of the coronavirus-enforced shutdown to Collingwood and St Kilda.

Since then, they have enjoyed strong victories over GWS Giants, Sydney Swans and North Melbourne to regain their mantle as finals aspirants.

The Bulldogs' forward line has averaged just over 10 goals in their three wins while their backline has conceded less than five goals in these games.

Despite Aaron Naughton's absence, Josh Bruce (six goals) and Josh Schache (two goals) were problematic for North Melbourne's defenders.

After recording consecutive wins, Carlton could not overcome another slow start in an 18-point loss to St Kilda at Marvel Stadium in the opening fixture of Round 5.

In the Blues' three losses this season, they have trailed by 20 points or more at quarter time on each occasion and they can ill-afford to do that against the high-scoring Bulldogs.

The Western Bulldogs have won six of their last seven encounters against Carlton and they should continue that strong form.

Value bets

Hawthorn to upset Collingwood at $2.30

Hawthorn has shown the ability to bounce back from a poor loss this season and they will be desperate to rebound against Collingwood at Giants Stadium on Friday night.

The Hawks were awful against Geelong in Round 2 but returned to form in outstanding fashion when they defeated reigning premiers Richmond by 32 points in Round 3.

Despite some promising patches of play, Hawthorn were no match for GWS in a 34-point loss last Sunday night at Giants Stadium.

The Magpies are dealing with off-field issues and now on-field troubles with consecutive losses to GWS and Essendon.

Collingwood now face a team they have only beaten once since their epic 2011 preliminary final victory.

Hawthorn appeal as outsiders due to their terrific record against Collingwood.

Gold Coast to defeat Melbourne at $2.15

Despite the absence of gun youngster Matt Rowell, Gold Coast are showing mettle compared to previous years and will fancy their chances against a struggling Melbourne at Giants Stadium on Saturday night.

The Suns had impressed pundits since the resumption of this season with three straight victories - all at Metricon Stadium - before losing by 37 points to Geelong at GMHBA Stadium last Saturday.

The Suns recovered from a slow start and led during the third quarter before the Cats' experience proved to be a telling factor.

Melbourne has suffered an interrupted return since the COVID-19 shutdown.

However, they have only registered one win and that was a nerve-wracking one-point victory over Carlton in Round 2 when they led by 41 points in the second quarter.

The Demons appear to be false favourites, which makes the Suns attractive as slight outsiders.

Best Multi
West Coast to defeat Adelaide by 25 points or more at $1.55

Gold Coast to beat Melbourne at $2.15

Either Richmond or Sydney to win 19 points or less at $1.80

The Western Bulldogs to beat Carlton at $1.55

Multi Price is $9.29