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Gold Coast Suns vs North Melbourne Predictions & Tips - Kangaroos to cover with handicap

  • Gold Coast Suns vs North Melbourne predictions for Saturday's AFL Round 2 match
  • The match is being played at Metricon Stadium (9.10am GMT)
  • These two sides have won 1 of their last 27 matches combined
  • North Melbourne are tipped to win with a +22.5 start
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gary Emmerson 26 Mar 2021
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Gold Coast Suns vs North Melbourne Predictions


Gold Coast Suns are heavy favourites, but the value here is on North Melbourne to keep things close. A 22.5 line has been set and that it is a tall order for the Suns to cover.

Under 164.5 points is also tipped with these two sides serving up some low-scoring affairs in recent head to heads.

  • Gold Coast Suns have lost 9 of their last 11 matches.
  • Gold Coast Suns have seen 4 of their last 5 night matches go under the points total.
  • Gold Coast Suns have seen 3 of their last 4 matches against North Melbourne go under 153.5 points.
  • North Melbourne have lost 15 of their last 16 matches.
  • North Melbourne won 2 quarters against Port Adelaide in Round 1.

Head-to-Head


These two sides have shared four wins each across the last eight meetings.

Gold Coast Suns were 91-28 winners last season, while North Melbourne took out the previous two clashes in 2018 and 2019. 

Gold Coast Suns Form


Gold Coast Suns caught the eye in Round 1 before a final quarter blowout cost them the chance of an upset victory over West Coast Eagles in Perth.

The Suns led by a point at three-quarter time, but were comprehensively beaten in the final quarter at Optus Stadium as they lost 83-58.

The loss of Matt Rowell early in that game was a big blow to Stuart Dew's side.

The Suns, who won just five games last season as they missed the finals once again, were beaten 117-89 by Brisbane Lions in the Community Series in the build up to the 2021 season.

Gold Coast Suns Team News


Gold Coast Suns make one enforced change with the loss of Matt Rowell to injury.

Ben Ainsworth is available and will come back into the side for Rowell and play in the midfield.

Gold Coast Suns Team List


B: C.Budarick, S.Collins, S.Lemmens
HB: J.Bowes, C.Ballard, O.Markov
C: B.Ellis, H.Greenwood, J.Lukosius
HF: D.Swallow, S.Day, L.Weller
F: I.Rankine, B.King, D.MacPherson
FOLL: J.Witts, B.Ainsworth, T.Miller
I/C: N.Anderson, W.Brodie, W.Powell, A.Sexton
EMG: C.Burgess, B.Fiorini, J.Harbrow, N.Holman

North Melbourne Form


North Melbourne suffered a ninth straight defeat as they started the new season with a 117-65 defeat at last year's minor premiers Port Adelaide.

The Kangaroos will take some heart from the fact they won the opening quarter 16-14 and also won the final quarter of the game.

It continued a losing run dating back to Round 9 of the last season, one in which only percentage saved North Melbourne from the wooden spoon.

North were also beaten by 39 points in their pre-season clash against Hawthorn in the Community Series.

North Melbourne Team News


Jed Anderson is the only change for the Kangaroos after being named on the interchange bench.

Rookie draft Connor Menadue is the one to drop down to the emergencies.

Aiden Corr has been named despite suffering a toe injury against the Power last week.

North Melbourne Team List


B: La.Young, B.McKay, S.Atley
HB: J.Ziebell, A.Corr, A.Bonar
C: J.Polec, L.Davies-Uniacke, J.Mahony
HF: K.Turner, J.Walker, T.Thomas
F: B.Scott, N.Larkey, T.Powell
FOLL: T.Goldstein, J.Stephenson, J.Simpkin
I/C: J.Anderson, D.Tyson, C.Lazzaro, C.Zurhaar
EMG: W.Phillips, C.Menadue, T.Campbell, A.Hall

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Verdict

Under 164.5 points in the best bet in Saturday's Round 2 clash at Metricon. North Melbourne are value with a big start.

Best Bet: Under 164.5 Total Points @-112.36 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: North Melbourne +22.5 Handicap @-109.89 at Unibet - 2 Units

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