AFL Round 5 Tips & Preview

North Melbourne are still yet to get a win on the board through four rounds of football but they showed plenty despite eventually losing to Sydney last weekend by 11 points at the SCG.

Their straight kicking at goal broke a trend throughout the round with other teams which kept them in the contest, as did their tackling and defensive pressure.

Hugh Greenwood leads the competition in tackles with 30 and both Jack Mahoney and Jaidyn Stephenson laid seven tackles each against the Swans.

This something that they would be thrilled with internally from a team that is very much in a rebuilding faze.

The Western Bulldogs find themselves in an awkward position through four rounds with just the single win to their name.

A free flowing gameplan that relies on quick ball movement, that worked so well for them last year, is simply not working early in the season and backfired against Richmond on the weekend.

Despite the 38 point loss, they had nine more inside 50s, 12 more clearances and two more shots on goal.

The Dogs lead the competition in uncontested possessions but are last for clearances.

Bevo won’t be panicking and will trust his players and tactics.

A gameplan that failed against Richmond will rip a young North Melbourne a part in my opinion.

Don’t make the mistake of backing the Dogs 40+ in this one when we have $2 lines available!

Author: Paula Allen