AFL Round 8 action continues on Saturday with another big five-game roster! Here, we preview and provide our best betting tips for the big game between Richmond and Collingwood!
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Richmond vs Collingwood Betting Tips
MCG, Saturday 7the May 13:45 (AEST)
Injuries: Tom Brown (corked calf), Thomson Dow (thigh), Dion Prestia (multiple), Hugo Ralphsmith (ribs), Samson Ryan (achilles)
Two-time Premiership player Josh Caddy retired this week after suffering a long string of hamstring injuries. Young guns Hugo Ralphsmith and Thomson Dow will also miss out through injury, while Dustin Martin is set to return after personal leave.
The Tigers come to this after a huge 109-point win against the Eagles, which is sure to raise satisfaction levels on the way to clearance. However, the Eagles are easy right now and that win certainly doesn’t make up for their poor start to the season. Once a powerhouse in this competition, the Tigers enter Round 8 with three wins to their name and sit ninth on the ladder.
Injuries: Charlie Dean (Foot), Jamie Elliott (Shoulder), Brodie Grundy (Knee), Ash Johnson (Hamstring), Will Kelly (Hip), Nathan Kreuger (Shoulder), Nathan Murphy (Ankle), Jordan Roughead ( Finger), Tom Wilson (Back)
Magpie injuries are really starting to become a problem. Last to go was superstar Brodie Grundy, who has knee problems after the Anzac Day crash, while Jamie Elliott, Nathan Kreuger and Jordan Roughead are the other 22 unable to take his place in the side.
The Magpies have had a solid start to the campaign in 2022, but they expect more under their new manager. They’ve definitely looked better on the offensive end of things, but their defense certainly needs improvement. They may come into this clash with back-to-back wins under their belt, but they will need to raise the bar a lot if they are to have a chance of picking up four points on Saturday.
The Magpies have been successful in this matchup in recent years, but the Tigers are the better team and will be the hungrier dogs this time around, IMO. They welcome one of the best to do it in Dustin Martin and even if he’s not 100%, it’s going to be a nightmarish matchup in the background. The Tigers should be too strong and will cover the small spread for mine.
Richmond Tigers -12.5 (1.5 UNIT)
Will Hoskin-Elliott goes unnoticed by the Magpies as a goal source and is still a really good value to kick at least one. We’re talking about a player who has hit double figures in terms of goals in each of his last five years in the Feet and it’s a good opportunity to jag on Saturday.
Will Hoskin-Elliott Anytime Goal Kicker ($2.25 Ladbrokes)
Daniel Rioli has been nothing but reliable since his trade to running back for the Tigers and is good value to rack up 20-plus eliminations here. He scored 23 last week despite the ball rarely going into defense and has great value for 20-plus on Saturday.
Daniel Rioli 20+ Disposals ($1.72 Ladbrokes)
I know, Darcy Moore is a strange player to bet on in the disposal market. However, the Tigers notoriously allow a lot of takeouts on defenders and Moore should be a beneficiary of that. He has had 11+ in all games so far and should have enough looks to collect at least 15 here.
Darcy Moore 15+ Disposals ($1.78 Ladbrokes)