The game of the week in Round 8 of the AFL will see top of the table Melbourne taking on 4th place St Kilda on Saturday night. Check out our full preview for the clash as well as betting picks for all nine games in Round 8 below!
Melbourne Demons vs St Kilda Saints
MCG, Saturday 7th May, 11.10pm (EDT)
The Demons trained rolled on in Round 8 as they captured yet another win to move to 7-0 on the table and secure their spot on top of the ladder. It wasn’t as easy as some of the other victories, but they managed to defeat the Hawks by 10 points in an up and down game. They are the only remaining undefeated team in the league and are hot favourites to defend their AFL title in 2022.
St Kilda were on the back of a five game winning streak when they travelled north to take on the Power in Round 7. Wayward kicking cost them deerly as they kicked just 4 goals and 18 behinds to lose the game by a single point. They still sit in 4th place on the table but have a really tough run beginning this week with games against Melbourne, Geelong and Brisbane across the next month.
Season So Far, Melbourne:
Round 1 dft. Western Bulldogs by 26 points
Round 2 dft. Gold Coast by 13 points
Round 3 dft. Essendon by 29 points
Round 4 dft. Port Adelaide by 32 points
Round 5 dft. GWS by 67 points
Round 6 dft. Richmond by 22 points
Round 7 dft. Hawthorn by 10 points
Season So Far, St Kilda
Round 1 lt. Collingwood by 17 points
Round 2 dft. Fremantle by 10 points
Round 3 dft. Richmond by 33 points
Round 4 dft. Hawthorn by 69 points
Round 5 dft. Gold Coast by 26 points
Round 6 dft. GWS by 17 points
Round 7 lt. Port Adelaide by 1 point
I’m happy to chalk that Saints loss last week to the conditions. It was incredubly humid up north making their attacking style of ball movement almost impossible, as proven by the low scoring game. They should be better down in Victoria this week, but they face the ultimate challenge in the Demons, who have not missed a beat in 2022.
The Dees start as 19.5 point favourites here, which I think is a touch low given the attacking style that the Saints play. That style has worked well for the Saints this year but they are yet to come up against a premier defence like the one Melbourne possesses. The Demons should be too strong for the Saints.
Blast From the Past
In this section, we’ll be taking you on a trip down memory lane to the most memorable matchups between the two teams in question to help any readers who might be new to the game of AFL football get an understanding for some of the more exciting events throughout the league’s history.
A regular season thriller between the Saints and Demons was played out in Round 11 of the 2015 season. Enjoy the highlights of the game below.
Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs
Port Adelaide Money Line (1.5 Units)
Fremantle vs North Melbourne
North Melbourne +40.5 (1.5 Units)
Richmond vs Collingwood
Collingwood +11.5 (1.5 Units)
Sydney vs Gold Coast
Sydney -29.5 (2 Units)
GWS vs Geelong
Geelong -3.5 (3 Units)
Brisbane vs West Coast
Brisbane by 100+ (2 Units)
Essendon vs Hawthorn
Hawthorn -10.5 (1.5 Units)
Carlton vs Adelaide
Carlton 1-39 (2 Units)