The game of the week in Round 9 of the AFL will see the Saints facing off against the Cats on Saturday morning. Check out our preview for the clash as well as betting tips for every game in Round 9 below.
St Kilda Saints vs Geelong Cats
Marvel Stadium, Saturday 14th May, 2.35am (EDT)
The Saints were rolling, having won five in a row and climbed as high as fourth on the ladder. They have lost their last two games to the Power and Demons though, which has seen them slide back to 7th on the ladder with a 5-3 record.
They faced the toughest test in the league last week as they came up against the Demons at the MCG. Melbourne shot out to an early 50 point lead but the Saints looked decent after half time, matching it with Melbourne to kick five goals apiece in the 2nd half.
The Cats have been arguably the most inconsistent side in the league this season. They are 5-3 on the season and have not won back to back games since all the way back in Rounds 3 and 4.
After a disappointing loss to Fremantle at home, they bounced back with a solid win over the Giants on the weekend, defeating them by 53 points on the back of a strong performance from star forward Jeremy Cameron.
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
Round 8 lt. Melbourne by 38 points
Season So Far, Geelong
Round 1 dft. Essendon by 66 points
Round 2 lt. Sydney by 30 points
Round 3 dft. Collingwood by 13 points
Round 4 dft. Brisbane by 10 points
Round 5 lt. Hawthorn by 12 points
Round 6 dft. North Melbourne by 60 points
Round 7 lt. Fremantle by 3 points
Round 8 dft. GWS by 53 points
The Cats have done well to be 5-3 at this stage of the season considering they are yet to really show the form that got them into a preliminary final last season. Their record at Marvel Stadium isn’t fantastic, having won just half of their last four games there.
I think there is an element of ‘hungry dog runs faster’ to this game. The Cats are coming off a win and will be on the road while the Saints are on the back of two straight losses and will be comfortable back under the roof of Marvel Stadium. I think they cover the line as underdogs or even win straight up.
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.
Some people claim it to be the greatest regular season match ever played. The Saints and the Cats met in Round 14 of the 2009 season, both teams having a perfect 13-0 record at the time. What ensued has been described by experts as the pinnacle of Australian Rules Football.
Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs
Western Bulldogs -10.5 (1.5 Units)
Hawthorn vs Richmond
Richmond -19.5 (2 Units)
North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide
Over 156.5 (1.5 Units)
Sydney vs Essendon
Essendon +24.5 (2 Units)
Adelaide vs Brisbane
Brisbane -27.5 (2 Units)
Gold Coast vs Fremantle
Under 146.5 (3 Units)
Greater Western Sydney vs Carlton
GWS -3.5 (2 Units)
West Coast vs Melbourne
Melbourne -60.5 (5 Units)