Brendan Fevola has picked out his best bets for Saturday's action including a couple of upsets.
Melbourne v GWS
Jesse Hogan will have a huge season in 2016, the young gun had a difficult time against the Saints in their last Nab Challenge fixture. He copped a spray by all, which is pretty surprising bearing in mind the number of people watching the pre-season games. He’ll be the difference tonight, backing him to slot 3 or more at $1.95.
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Gold Coast v Essendon
Gary Ablett is a gun, if he stays fit he’ll 100% be finishing in the top 3 for the Brownlow. Reports suggest he’s ready and raring to go for Round One. I expect Ablett to have a day out to announce he’s back, he’s well worth backing to have 30 disposals at $1.89.
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North Melbourne v Adelaide
Adelaide looked pretty dangerous in the NAB matches, but don’t read too much into that. Once again they’ll be relying heavily on Taylor Walker and my old mate Eddie to kick the points. If this fixture was in Adelaide the odds would be a lot closer, even though they’re pretty short I’m backing North to come out with the points at $1.51 with Luxbet.
I actually like the look of this fixture on paper, and think we could be in for a bit of a goal-fest. It’ll be a shoot-out between Walker and Betts and North’s veterans Petrie and Waiter. With four gun goal kickers on the pitch, I’m backing both teams to crack the 80 point mark at $1.88.
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Sydney Swans v Collingwood
The Pies were very hit or miss last season, finishing a disappointing 12th. The last thing anyone wants is them to get off the good start, encouraging their fans to become even more bullish about their chances. They have a few injury problems of their own, but looked to have recruited well in Adam Trelor. They will come close, however I don’t have any faith in their kicking. Swans will win at $1.65.
Pendlebury had a cracking season for the disappointing Collingwood last term, I’m backing him to have over 30 possessions on Saturday combined with Buddy to kick 3+ at $3.5 with Sportsbet.
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