Richmond take top spot back off Melbourne this week. The Dees do keep a handy gap to 3rd spot though, where we find it tough to split West Coast, Sydney and Geelong.
Richmond have firmed back ahead of West Coast as our favourite for the minor premiership. The only other realistic show here is Melbourne, who are actually more likely now than West Coast - they top the ladder in 23% of simulations!
If we take 20% as our cutoff for realistic finals chances this far out - we still have 11 teams fighting it out, just! GWS is rapidly slipping although their win on the weekend no doubt helped. Adelaide is the surprise here. Last seasons grand finalists now sit at 10th on our simulated wins ladder and only make finals in 32% of sims. There is a bunch of teams all pretty even between 50% and 80%.
A few intersting matchups in the shortened bye round. Friday’s game looks like a cracker - I noticed on The Squiggle that Port were actually the bookie favourites despite all the models tipping Richmond. Port is one of those teams in the logjam of 5th to 11th so a good showing is important.
Bookending the weekend is the Queens Birthday clash on Monday. This might be the first one in a long time that Melbourne go in as favourites? Or at least the first one where both teams are actually pretty highly rated. Again, Collingwood is in that logjam in the middle so a win will be pretty big for them.
Happy tipping and you can follow along with how these tips (and others) go at The Squiggle
|Fri, 08||Adelaide Oval||Port Adelaide||Richmond||-5||45.9%||Richmond by 5|
|Sat, 09||Kardinia Park||Geelong||North Melbourne||12||58.6%||Geelong by 12|
|Sat, 09||Blacktown||GWS||Gold Coast||39||76.0%||GWS by 39|
|Sat, 09||Docklands||St Kilda||Sydney||-20||35.2%||Sydney by 20|
|Sun, 10||Gabba||Brisbane Lions||Essendon||2||51.4%||Brisbane Lions by 2|
|Sun, 10||Perth Stadium||Fremantle||Adelaide||-8||43.4%||Adelaide by 8|
|Mon, 11||M.C.G.||Melbourne||Collingwood||17||62.2%||Melbourne by 17|